Scream Factory brings Director Wes Craven’s horror tale “The People Under the Stairs” to Blu-ray in a Collector’s Edition. No home release of the movie has ever come loaded with the special features you get here. Let’s not forget all-new two-sided packaging and cover artwork from Justin Osbourn.
In “The People Under the Stairs,” young Fool (Brandon Adams) breaks into the home of his family’s greedy and uncaring landlords. He discovers a disturbing scenario where incestuous adult siblings have mutilated a number of boys and kept them imprisoned under stairs in their large, creepy house. As Fool attempts to flee before the psychopaths can catch him, he meets their daughter, Alice (A.J. Langer), who has been spared any extreme discipline by her deranged parents. Can Fool and Alice escape before it’s too late?
Bonus material for “The People Under the Stairs: Collector’s Edition” contains a myriad of exciting features. Two separate audio commentaries are provided by Writer / Director Wes Craven and stars Brandon James, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen, and Yan Birch. Featurettes include “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, and “Setting The Score” – An Interview with Composer Don Peake. Behind-the-Scenes footage and a theatrical trailer are found as well.
“The People Under the Stairs” is rated R for terror and violence. It also contains profanity, gore, and scary and intense sequences. Scenes of child abuse and endangerment are a main ingredient of the film and will no doubt disturb younger and older viewers who might have dealt with situations like this in their past.
It’s great how well “The People Under the Stairs” holds up after all these years. It’s definitely a jewel in the crown of one of the Kings of Horror. It’s interesting how disconnected from society you feel within the walls of the suburban house in the film. Although you know the home is only a few miles from the city, Wes Craven finds a way to convince your mind you’re isolated from civilization when taken inside the walls of what is literally a prison for hundreds of captive humans. At the same time, you feel a sense of hopelessness as you gaze out the windows of the house and realize help is just a few feet away.
“The People Under the Stairs: Collector’s Edition” is available now on Blu-ray.