Day 3 (Alex): The People Under the Stairs

For Day 3, I'm taking us back a couple of decades to 1991, to visit The People Under the Stairs. Wes Craven, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, directed this oddball of a film.  While it falls under the horror genre, it comes off very campy while serving as a not-so-subtle social message about class warfare and racial themes. 

The main protagonist of the story is a young African American boy named Fool. His mother is dying of cancer, and this poor family is about to be evicted from their rundown apartment because of greedy landlords. Fool soon learns that these wealthy landlords are rumored to have a large stash of golden coins in their house. With the help of Leroy (Ving Rhames), they break into the home, to learn that there is more than gold waiting for them under the stairs.

I saw this film years ago, and forgot how comedic and cheesy it was.  I don't know why, exactly, but this movie reminds me of Home Alone, but in reverse. Fool and Leroy are the two burglars, but instead of Kevin, you've got a couple of deranged siblings hell-bent on finding the perfect "boy-child". When they misbehave, under the stairs they go, not too unlike Harry Potter in the Dursley house.  

The People Under the Stairs is not Craven's best work, by far, but it serves best to watch with the family or a group of friends, if nothing more than to just share the laughs at all the campy moments and cheesy dialogue. 

It's not streaming free anywhere at the moment, however you can rent if for under $3. So, if you're in the mood for goofy fun and have a small crowd over, this is not a bad choice.

My overall score?  3 bits out of 8.

The following link will lead you to a few sites where you can rent it.