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31 Days of Horror Day 6: "I don't ever want to see another cop or cookie again in my life."

Title of Movie: The People Under the Stairs

Actors: Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A. J. Langer, Ving Rhames,
Sean Whalen

Quotable Line: "IT IS TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE! Total Spring Cleaning."

Director: Wes Craven


The Skinny: Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can't escape.

The Good: The couple played by Twin Peaks alumni Everet McGill and Wendy Robie are absolutely bugnuts insane. They are so over the top, they make the movie quite funny in a very dark way. The lead character Fool played by Brandon Adams is very good with his role and makes for an unlikely hero. The lead female character Alice, played by A.J. Langer, makes for a great damsel in distress. The titular people under the stairs are creepy but they are not the real menace of the movie. The house itself is a twisting maze of death, filled with little traps and pitfalls. Fun movie all around with just the right amount of scares and it is much funnier than expected.

The Bad: The humor is welcome to the proceedings, yes. But the movie was hyped as a straight up hardcore horror movie. The humor almost takes you out of the movie. Also, for some reason, the "husband" finds it necessary to run around in a full on leather bondage suit. Funny? In a morbid way, yes. Necessary? Not really. Also, you barely see the actual people under the stairs until almost the end. Which is a shame because there is some interesting make up effects at work there but they are barely seen.

The Ugly: The corpse of Ving Rhames being played with by one of the titular people.

My final verdict: 4 handmade stitched dolls out of 5 


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