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The People Under The Stairs (1991) – Movie Review

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Jelisa M.
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

Movie Review • The People Under The Stairs was the perfect mix of comedy & horror. Although the movie wasn’t really scary, the comedic timing of certain scenes were perfect. The legend Wes Craven was inspired by true events creating this movie because there have been many stories of people being  kidnapped & locked up in basements for years without people knowing.

Throughout the movie, the writers had the viewers thinking this was a husband & wife just based off how they were with each other. Until you find out those fools are brother and sister. If that’s not some white people sh!t, then I don’t know what is. Although I don’t think they ever kissed in the movie they definitely gave off lover vibes. Then “the man” walking around in that black leather get-up proved that they had some freaky stuff going on between them. 

This is one of the few horror movies where the black character doesn’t die first, they actually died second. At least they gave Leroy a good hour of survival in the movie, he suffered majority of that hour with that dog but he lasted as long as he could. Fool was brave AF to go through all of that at such a young age. He went toe to toe with the dog in the walls, went a few rounds with the crazy homeowners & made it out of the dungeon alive when thrown in the area with “the people.” I’m still trying to understand how they knew to help him when he came back the next day after he was almost dog food the first time he was down there.

Fool was a better human than me, because I don’t know if I would have came back to save them people. Even though they originally broke in the house for the gold & money, Fool’s heart was in the right place & he knew he had to come back & save them. The real MVP of the movie was Roach, the tongue-less voice in the walls. He was the reason Fool was able to get out the first time. They didn’t have to kill my dawg though, they could have let him live. 

Before Wes Craven died, he was working on a series based on the movie for FX. I hope somebody can pick up where he left off because I would love for the series to start from the beginning of how the kids were kidnapped & an ending to see how the ghetto changed after the house blew up. The series could answer a lot of questions that may have lingered after the end of the movie. So do yourself a favor & add this to your Halloween movie list for the weekend.

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