The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 horror film directed by Wes Craven.
A thirteen- year old boy nicknamed Fool lives in the ghetto and has found out his family is going to get evicted from their run-down apartment. On top of that, he learns his Mother is dying of cancer. Fool is persuaded by a family friend, Leroy to sneak into the landlords' home to steal a prized coin collection rumored to be in their home. Desperate to help save his Mother's life and the family from being thrown into the streets, Fool goes with Leroy and Leroy's friend, Spenser to the house. They use all sorts of disguises to get in, but it doesn't work. Once they force their way into the house, they realize they got a lot more than they were looking for. After Spenser and Leroy are tragically killed, Fool tries to escape. Running for his life, he bumps into the landlords' daughter, Alice, a young abused girl full of nothing but scars and fear. Fool feels sympathy towards Alice and persuades her to escape with him. Fool then finds out that the evil and sadistic landlords are not a married couple but brother and sister who keep trying to give birth to the perfect child.
The film opened at #1 in the box office,taking in $5.5 million in sales on its opening weekend, it remained in the box office top 10 for a month.
It holds a 56% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes.