The People Under the Stairs

The People Under The Stairs

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The People Under the Stairs

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The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 horror film directed by Wes Craven and starring Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A. J. Langer, Ving Rhames and Sean Whalen.


Poindexter, whom everyone calls "Fool" because of a tarot card reading his older sister Ruby did for him, lives in the ghetto of Los Angeles. Fool learns that he and his family have been evicted from their apartment by their landlords, the Robesons. Leroy, an acquaintance of Ruby, offers to help Fool provide for his family by planning a joint burglary of the Robesons' residence, rumored to contain a wealth of gold coins.

Fool agrees to join Leroy and his accomplice Spencer. He also starts hearing disturbing rumors about his former landlords, who are brother and sister. Fool's grandfather, Booker, tells Fool that the Robesons' house used to be a funeral home, and adds that the Robeson family have been incestuously procreating for many years, their offspring becoming increasingly unstable with each generation.

Eventually, the three decide that the best time for their burglary has arrived. They send Fool in, posing as a Boy Scout selling cookies, to try to scout the house out. After unsuccessfully asking to enter the house to use the bathroom he returns to the others. Then Spencer goes in, posing as a municipal worker, but he never returns. Tired of waiting for Spencer, Fool and Leroy finally go in after him and break into the house together. Once inside, they are astonished at the interior:...
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