The People Under the Stairs (1991)
December 30, 2021 1:06 PM - Subscribe

When young Poindexter "Fool" Williams breaks into the creepy, immense old home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he uncovers a disturbing scenario underneath the stairs. A 1991 horror comedy written and directed by Wes Craven.

Currently streaming free in the US on Tubi.
posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
There were news reports going around about a year ago that Jordan Peele was going to adapt this as a tv show. That would be terrific. This lumpy, uneven, occasionally cheap-ass looking movie has a lot of cool ideas in it about gentrification, predatory landlords, etc. But it's so tonally off-kilter. And the lighting/look is borderline basic cable in its crass cheapness. I'm still fond of it though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:41 PM on December 30, 2021 [1 favorite]

I haven't seen this since it came out, but I was quite struck by Everett McGill and Wendy Robie from Twin Peaks being in it, also Ving Rhames a few years before Pulp Fiction.
posted by Halloween Jack at 3:24 PM on December 30, 2021

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