The People Under the Stairs
Directed by Wes Craven. US. 1991. R. 102 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
Fri., August 7, 2015
“When Fool and his mom get evicted from their ghetto home, he decides to break into the cruel white slumlord’s house to steal a rumored stash of valuable gold coins, Things get tricky, though, when the landlords turn out to be crazy S-M freaks who cut out people’s tongues and wall the folks up under the house. As horror, it’s not as effective as Craven’s best, but as an allegory it’s pretty interesting. The judgmental upper class are more depraved than anyone; they literally live on top of the underclasses and prevent them from speaking out. Craven, a former college professor, often puts a lot of thought into the subtext of his films, but here it comes closer to the surface than usual (scratching on the other side of the wall, I guess).” (The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide)
(This film replaces Raw Meat which has been postponed until a later date.)