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The People Under The Stairs Reviews

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July 3, 2020
Easily one of the Wes Craven's most original, deranged, and off the wall films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 11, 2020
The everyday and mundane that lures us into a false sense of security can become the very sight of anxiety. [Wes Craven]... does so with a certain complexity and I think his sleepers don't get the attention they deserve.
July 19, 2018
The film turns America's obsession with child abuse to humorous and gothic effect.
November 6, 2015
A parable of underclass exploitation that ends in revolution and extreme -- even explosive -- wealth redistribution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 14, 2015
A wacky, darkly comic, and obscenely weird horror movie...
August 10, 2015
As a horror film and an allegory that is just as timely in the 21st century as it was in the early 1990s, "The People Under the Stairs" actually has something to say beyond its goal to frighten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2010
The performances combine with Craven's witty script and energetic direction to make The People Under the Stairs a spooky, laugh-filled release most horror fans should get a kick out of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2004
Though the new movie has its share of blood and gore, it is mostly creepy and, considering the bizarre circumstances, surprisingly funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2003
A heady horror film (virtually a horror-movie fairy tale) punctuated with occasional outbursts of dark-humored slapstick and all centered on an angry socio-political theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 5, 2003
Goofy fun for fans of schlocky horror films.
| Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2002
Very good Wes Craven thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
"The People Under the Stairs" provides a few jolts here and there, but writer-director Wes Craven certainly doesn't let taste stand in the way of exploitation.
January 1, 2000
While The People Under the Stairs may leave some horror fans unsatisfied and other horror detractors repulsed, it ought to satisfy those viewers who appreciate a thoughtful and visceral movie entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 24, 2020
...a decent premise that's employed to pervasively (and increasingly) unwatchable effect by Craven...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 25, 2015
Or The Script Under the Coffee Cup... As with most Craven images, this one suffers from lackluster performances, a clumsy screenplay, a campy tone, and a noticeable lack of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 26, 2009
A pretense of social responsibility and most of the necessary tension get lost in a combination of excessive gore and over-the-top perfs in The People Under the Stairs.
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