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Blacktober continues with an underrated Wes Craven classic, “The People Under the Stairs”, featuring one of the best protagonists in horror.


On this episode, I am continuing my Blacktober series with the Wes Craven-directed The People Under the Stairs.

This one has a young black teen, Fool, who is in this modern-day urban twist on Jack and the Beanstalk, but instead of a giant, we have Mommy and Daddy, a seriously messed up couple. I also discuss the perils of gentrification and why he is one of my favorite protagonists in horror films.

The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 American horror comedy film written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, and A. J. Langer. The plot follows a young boy and two adult robbers who become trapped in a house belonging to a neighborhood’s crooked landlords after breaking in to steal their collection of gold coins. The boy learns a dark secret about them and what also lurks in their house.

Craven has stated that The People Under the Stairs was partially inspired by a news story from the late 1970s, in which two burglars broke into a Los Angeles household, inadvertently causing the police to discover two children who had been locked away by their parents.

The film was a surprise commercial success and has been analyzed for its satirical depiction of gentrification, class warfare, and capitalism.


Donna Tha Dead

Donna Tha Dead is a podcast for lovers of horror, cult classics, and other genres of cinemas. Your host, Donna, is a confirmed ghost story and horror film addict.  To those that can hear Donna’s voice, she invites you to come hold her hand in the darkness and listen.

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