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Alex K.
02-05-2012, 11:30 PM
I think this may be Craven's best Hollywood picture. Not saying he's a complete hack ever since he sold out, he makes decent films though I'm no fan of the Scream franchise. I would consider Craven to be a beast who has lost his fangs and this was the last film he made that's really subversive.

Yeah the kid in it has a few one-liners but it's certainly a very subversive horror picture with things in it you just wouldn't see today in big mainstream film. And the acting by the parents are absolutely phenomenal. The bath scene is still effective and I'll argue that the ultra religious parents are based on Craven's childhood as I recall reading his childhood was pretty rough with ultra conservative parents.

This one doesn't get a lot of love. What do you guys think?

02-06-2012, 02:57 AM
Saw this when it came out in the theatre, and haven't seen it since. I should revisit it as I don't remember much.

Ian Jane
02-06-2012, 09:58 AM
I rented it in the VHS years and remember being really impressed with it. Subversive is probably the right way to describe it, lots of black humor and twisted ideas going around in this one - I don't remember it as well as I'd like to, which means that it's probably time to give it another spin. I've always liked Craven's pre-Scream stuff (even the Scream movies I can enjoy), even dopey shit like Shocker - but this one definitely left a strong impression on me.

Todd Jordan
02-06-2012, 11:28 AM
I recall being entertained by it, but I've not seen it since the theatrical run. Wasn't the insane women of the house kind of milfy sexy? I remember he falling on ass and saying somthing about it, like "Ow my bottom!". THat's all I remember, other than the kid who is the hero had a really dumb name.

Ian Jane
04-25-2015, 12:14 PM
From FB:


Our “Summer of Fear Part 2” line-up continues to increase with our plans to release Wes Craven’s fascinating and weird (in the best way possible) cult favorite THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS in an all-new Collector’s Edition release!

Planned release is for August and pre-order links will go up next month. The newly designed artwork you see here is official. (Purists: Yes, the classic "skull house" original poster art will be on the flip side too.) No exact details to announce about if any upcoming extras but we already have two all-new ones banked and more planned.


Alex K.
04-25-2015, 04:21 PM
That poster is terrible.

Mark Tolch
04-25-2015, 07:58 PM
Isn't there a really cheap blu out already? I enjoyed it, but don't know if I need a 25 dollar Scream Factory blu. The exchange is fucking us up here

Paul L
04-25-2015, 08:11 PM
Isn't there a really cheap blu out already?
Arrow released it in the UK about 18 months ago. I can't remember if their disc is region free or not, but it can usually be bought within the UK for around £8.

Derrick King
04-26-2015, 02:09 AM
Isn't there a really cheap blu out already? I enjoyed it, but don't know if I need a 25 dollar Scream Factory blu. The exchange is fucking us up here

Universal released a barebones Blu-ray last September, it is currently about $13.50 US.

Ian Jane
06-10-2015, 02:44 PM
Lots of extras for this one....


In Every Neighborhood There Is One House That Adults Whisper About And Children Cross the Street to Avoid...

Los Angeles, CA - Shout! Factory has announced the August 11 Blu-ray release of horror master Wes Craven's The People Under The Stairs (Collector's Edition). The Scream Factory treatment of this much-loved film includes several new bonus features.

This terrifying journey from the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream takes you inside a demented house. Trapped inside the fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare, quickly learning the true nature of the house's homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house.

Starring Everett McGill (Twin Peaks, Dune), Wendy Robie (Twin Peaks), Brandon Adams (The Mighty Ducks), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D, Mission Impossible), A.J. Langer (Escape From L.A.) and Sean Whalen (Rob Zombie's Halloween II, Hatchet III), this "ambitious...very strange horror movie" (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide) will grab you when you least expect it... and never let go.

The People Under The Stairs (Collector's Edition) Special Features:

·Audio Commentary with writer/director Wes Craven
·Audio Commentary with actors Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen, and Yan Birch
·House Mother - an interview with actress Wendy Robie
·What Lies Beneath - interviews with special make-up effects Artists Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman
·House of Horrors - an interview with director of photography Sandi Sissel
·Settling The Score - an interview with composer Don Peake
·Behind-The-Scenes Footage
·Vintage "Making of" Featurette
·Theatrical Trailer
·TV Spots
·Still Galleries (Original Storyboards and Official Stills)

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's DVD and Blu-Ray(TM) offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout's audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable "best of" compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

Alex K.
06-10-2015, 07:54 PM
Great extras.