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02-12-2001, 12:11 PM
What do you think about this movie?
I think it rocks. The plot is pretty weird for a Wes Craven film, the acing is great ( loved the two parents ... or wait ... I won't spoil it ), the humor is fantastic but suddenly disappears to make room for some really disturbing images. In my Book, it's up there with "Scream" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" as Craven's best movies. Lots of Gore too, by the way.
Nothing like watching someone in an SM-Dress running through his house and blasting mega-sized holes in the walls!
02-12-2001, 01:53 PM
I didn't think it was very good. The plot just got sillier by the minute and as for the bloke running around the house dressed like a twat with a gun - well, he was a twat with a gun! The only good thing about the movie was VING RHAMES and he went and got killed by the TWAT WITH A GUN! One of Wes Cravens' poorer efforts in my opinion. Never in the same league as SCREAM or NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET! Hell, i thought DEADLY FRIEND was better!
02-12-2001, 02:00 PM
I agree with Morgan, I thought it pretty much sucked, one of, if not Wes Craven's worst movies......
02-12-2001, 02:11 PM
I actually enjoyed it because of it's message. It's about faces or masks, what really is hidden in the background. These people seemed like caring, rich, nice people, but end up being these sick, twisted, homicidal, & incestial people who could be anyone that leaves next door to you. It's all about perspectives and it show how easily people lives are different from what they show when they go out and what really happens when they stay in. That's why this movie is very good in my opinion.
02-12-2001, 04:02 PM
Screamer : Well I know that "People under the Stairs" is pretty much not for everyone but Craven's unbelieveble worst movie has to be his remake of "carnival of souls". even if someone has a potrait of wes craven tattooed on his chest, he shouldn't check it out. believe me...
Morgan : That's exactly what I like about this movie. The plot often crosses the line between "frightning sick" and "ridicolous". just take the scene where they throw the girl in the bathup! - I thought that was pretty disturbing and gruesome. But then came the hiliarious chase with the dog ( hey, even the dog acted good ) and it had me howling. As for "Deadly Friend": I don't know if it's better since I haven't seen it completely... isn't that the movie where some guy ressurects his girlfriend ... ? too long ago I guess.
the night watchman
02-12-2001, 04:23 PM
I liked People Under the Stairs - a heck of a lot more than the after school special with gore that was Deadly Friend - but I din't like the way it went from suspenseful to campy, or its ridiculously happy ending. I also thought the "message" was too obvious to be effective. On the other hand, it boasts some of Craven's strongest, most realistic characters.
02-12-2001, 08:35 PM
The People Under the stairs really upset me when it first came out (that is a good thing). I rented it and really liked how it showed the wierdness of ordinary people. Most of the people I know didn't like it but I thought it was satifising. AJ Langer wasn't bad looking either. That bathtub scene was unsettling. I give it a B+......
02-13-2001, 06:08 PM
PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS is one of my favorite horror movies. It was one of the more fun movies to come out in the 1990's horror shit heap. The ending crammed a little too much social commentary down our throats, but overall, it worked. Ving Rhames is awesome, and Brandon Adams was a pretty good kid actor. AJ Langer is a pedophile's dream, and Roach is the kind of person you'd like living in your walls, if someone had to live in your walls.
Anyone notice how similar this movie is to the end of SCREAM 3? The house with secret rooms and corridors? Wes Craven must like his spooky houses.
02-13-2001, 08:37 PM
ive never seen it but want to.could someone tell me what its about?
02-14-2001, 01:02 PM
PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS is about the last family in a run down neighborhood to get evicted... but a family friend (Ving Rhames) has a better idea. Why not steal money from the landlord to pay their overdue rent? Ving Rhames and young Brandon Adams make their way into the landlord's fortress and discover that they've been kidnaping kids and keeping them locked in the basement when they go bad. If gives nothing away to say that Rhames buys the farm, but will Brandon Adams find his way out? Will the girl he encouters escape... or will they both join the people under the stairs?
02-14-2001, 05:32 PM
02-15-2001, 06:19 PM
"The People Under the Stairs" is a great movie. I wasn't expecting Ving Rhames to be in this movie. He is a cool actor, he was vey good in "Pulp Fiction". I also wasn't expecting him to die. [sorry to people who haven't seen it] I think it was cool and I hope everybody will see this flick! :)
Hans, wihout Franz
02-28-2001, 12:09 AM
Started off promissing but ended up being dumb(especially at the end). It seemed like a few parts try to inject laughs but make it look chessey. The father, mother, and Ving Rhames are the only things I liked about it. Had a cool premise though'
09-18-2001, 08:28 PM
i love that film its great. i have seen it a few times and i wouldnt mind owning it.
09-18-2001, 09:19 PM
I loved the movie. Although it borders on cheesefest sometimes it holds up strong in staight out dementia. I've introduced at least ten people to this flick, all with different movie tastes (my bestfriend is a Julia Roberts chickflick fan and she hates horror), and they all loved it.
09-18-2001, 09:34 PM
i like it alot cause of how wicked and crazy it is! Its so damn wierd its awsome! 8/10
09-18-2001, 10:11 PM
Good stuff. This would be a good movie to break somebody into the genre of horror movies. Not an excess of blood and gore and the good guys win at the end. I though it was entertaining. The idea of the maze within the house and the basement appealed to me.
09-19-2001, 09:04 AM
The People Under The Stairs sucked, and Dehydrator that carvinal of souls remake was bad, very very bad
Freddy is God
09-19-2001, 06:59 PM
Carnival of Souls was not a Craven movie, they must have paid him a HUGE amount of money to be an executive producer or something so they could call it Wes Craven's and attract more viewers.
As for People Under the Stairs, I think it's Wes Craven's most underrated classic. Perhaps not as good as the Scream series or his two NIGHTMARE films, but the flick is just so goddamn weird!
09-19-2001, 07:25 PM
This movie is way the hell better than any of those damn crappy Scream movies!!! I loved it! It was different, it was funny and the actors were pretty good! That black kid is so damn funny. Those people that lived in the house, the brother and sister were such odd characters, That guy looks like the dude from the talking heads! I like strange ass movies with funny shit in it and this is one of those movies. Wes Craven has alzheimers man cause lately anymore he keeps making the same damn thing just a different name!
03-29-2002, 12:38 AM
what i think is what scares the shit out of me with this movie is just the thought of these people snatching kids that come to their door and cutting out the bad parts and locking them in the cellar if they're bad. The home security those fuckers got? This is Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a shotgun instead of a saw, and as much humor as there is horror. I laugh my ass off at this movie yet still get scared. I love Wes, he is the greatest!
03-29-2002, 01:27 AM
DAMN GOOD MOVIE, one of the more shown movies on Joe Bob Brigs Monster Vision
03-29-2002, 01:37 AM
This movie is *good*.
It`s a helluvalot better than "Vampire In Brooklyn", or "Shocker", or "Music of the Heart", so don`t try to say it`s Craven`s worst!
03-29-2002, 04:34 AM
Yeah, I posted in another topic how this was the first horror movie I ever saw at the cinema. I was 11/12 and my mum took me to see it. I only re-watched it recently (good movie too, I think) and I'm quite surprised my mum didn't drag me out of the cinema as soon as things started getting nasty - it's not really the sort of movie a pre-teen should be watching! Then again, she was always stricter about movies with nudity and sex than she was about movies with extreme violence or gore.
03-29-2002, 10:44 PM
I think this is one of Wes Craven's best films. First off, the acting is well done. Especially Brandon Adams as the young boy Fool. He's likeable, smart, and I couldn't help but root for him. Second, the film is both weird and creepy. Where else can you see action, adventure,horror,some laughs,gore,child abuse,gold coins,killer dogs,booby traps,two psychotic parents,a messed up kid running around INSIDE the walls,message about the rich and the poor,and more? It has a interesting fairy tale quality to it that really appealed to me, and I'm a sucker for happy endings. I loved the fact that as each scene unfolded, something new and/or different would pop up or happen. There were many things that I just did not see coming. When it comes down to it, the film is different, imaginative, and a fun time to watch. But, that's just my opinion.
The People Under the Stairs was as good movie..I havent seen it in a couple but it was waaaaaaay better then the carnival of Souls remake.....I bought the CofS Dvd for like 5 bucks and still feel like I got ripped off
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