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The People Under The Stairs Reviews

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June 3, 2005
Perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent movie in the director's uneven canon.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
June 24, 2006
There are a few push-button frights, but a total dearth of mind-disturbing terror; the humour, too, is broad, crowd-pleasing stuff.
February 24, 2020
...a decent premise that's employed to pervasively (and increasingly) unwatchable effect by Craven...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 28, 2004
A very uneven but interesting horror thriller with a social message that's somewhat lost in a script with some effective terror and less working humour and slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 8, 2004
Craven toils under the influence of Lynch and Raimi, but below the surface hyperactivity the results are the same.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
January 1, 2000
Craven has been directing downhill since his terror triptych of "Last House on the Left," "The Hills Have Eyes" and the original "Nightmare on Elm Street," so it's hardly surprising that he hits bottom with "The People Under the Stairs."
September 6, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
November 1, 1991
If there were truth in advertising, The People Under the Stairs would be called The Not Very Scary Movie Set Inside a Grungy, Badly Lit House.
Full Review | Original Score: D
July 19, 2018
The film turns America's obsession with child abuse to humorous and gothic effect.
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 3, 2020
Easily one of the Wes Craven's most original, deranged, and off the wall films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2015
A wacky, darkly comic, and obscenely weird horror movie...
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
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 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
October 13, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2002
Very good Wes Craven thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
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