She tells him that the people under the stairs were children who broke the "see/hear/speak no evil" rules of the Robeson household.
I am not familiar with any of the actors, but this thriller movie had eerie characters that it kept me interested until the end because I wanted to see what happens and if they will every escape. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the movie a "thumbs down" review and admitted a distaste for gory horror films but nonetheless gave Craven credit for "creating a distinctive visual world" featuring dark humor and biting social commentary. Not to mention they have also turned to cannibalism as a means of survival.
Instead, he only finds repulsion: apparently, the couplewho only refers to themselves rather incestuously as Mommy and Daddyhas imprisoned their daughter Alice (A.J. Impure Thoughts and Actions: The husband and wife are revealed to be brother and sister, making their relationship even more unsettling. If Craven drew the line here, this duo would be monstrous enough.
The People Under the Stairs is plainly about the marginalization of minorities, class inequality, sexism, the patriarchy, isolationist nationalism and even healthcare. Fool and Leroy break into the house to look for Spencer and Fool finds his dead body and a large group of strange, pale children in a locked pen inside a dungeon-like basement. Or since Craven deliberately cast Wendy Robie and Everett McGill together as ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’ Robeson, you might remember it as the fourth-strangest episode of Twin Peaks. I submit a late sequel would work just as well.
Fool reunites with Alice and the two escape into the passageways between the walls. The boyfriend is crass, disrespectful to men and women, welcomes crime, and harbors hate, and this is the only male figure Fool has to learn from. He was raised in and around video stores and hasnt stopped talking about horror movies ever since. It’s a predation scheme all-the-more insidious because the Robesons also happen to own at least one nearby liquor store, giving them the opportunity to simultaneously feed peoples’ desperate addictions and profit from the consequences of them.
Leroy, his associate Spencer, and Fool break into the Robesons' house by using Spencer to pose as a municipal worker. While this time periods leaders heralded unearned righteousness from atop a war machine, they sneakily drove a further wedge into Americas class structure by selling the promise that the rich must become richer in order to help the poor. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs.
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