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Craven: There Are Still People Under the Stairs

Source: Ryan Rotten
July 30, 2008

Three days after test screening The Last House on the Left in the San Fernando Valley (a little bird saw it and tells us it's pretty good), Wes Craven sat down with to talk a number of projects, namely The People Under the Stairs. Written and directed by Craven in '91, the film is due for a remake under the helmer's Midnight Entertainment banner.

"There's a pretty high likelihood Rogue would like to make People Under the Stairs as the next film we make," Craven tells us, referring to the distribution arm of Universal that is releasing Last House and the director's 25/8. "It will be a remake, not directed by me, but something Marianne Maddalena will produce after she completes The Last House on the Left."

The original People followed a teen as he joined two thieves who leave their urban environs, venture into the suburbs and break into their landlords' home only to discover the nightmares within. It's a bit kooky, but at the heart of the film is a touch of class warfare - a theme Craven is unsure will make it into the remake. "That was written during the initial Bush administration where there was a coldness to the plight of the poor and, in some ways we've gone through that with son now. But he's come to the end of his administration. If we have Obama in office? I don't know if there's going to be that same feeling. For all we know, he's going to be great to the poor."

"What we've done in the past is said, We're interested come to us with concepts," he continues. "With The Hills Have Eyes, we talked for years about that and couldn't find anything that was doable for the price. It wasn't until Alex Aja convinced us with his take."

Speaking of... Does Craven think there's still life for a third Hills movie? "I would like to think there is. It's a very flexible concept, it could be anything. It doesn't have to be people living in tunnels. Who knows?"

The Last House on the Left and 25/8 are due in theaters in 2009. We'll keep you posted if further developments on People Under the Stairs come along.

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Posted by: Eulogy01 on July 30, 2008 at 20:55:50

Your just greedy craven, have some respect for the genre. the movie is not even 18 years old like F$ck

Posted by: Chris on July 30, 2008 at 21:13:26

One of my favorites when I was a kid. Still fun to watch, might be nice to see a good remake.

Posted by: djblack1313 on July 30, 2008 at 21:26:15

regarding a 3rd Hills, Craven's 2 films (IMO) were awful and the Hills 2 he produced was GODAWFUL! the only good Hills movie (again IMO) was Aja's movie.

Posted by: Keith on July 31, 2008 at 00:19:35

@djblack1313: I don't know. I thought "Red Eye" was his best film recently.

As for a remake of "People", sounds interesting.

Posted by: joe asylo on July 31, 2008 at 00:39:55

man i remember when i saw the people, great flick, now turning into a remake, seems a little harsh, they should go with a sequel.

Posted by: Money BLUES on July 31, 2008 at 00:49:40

Remakes mean remaking the money, not movies! As far as People under the stairs, it was a fine piece of movie and I loved it.

Why do I smell cow manure when it comes to remaking this movie???

Posted by: Yormomsayshi on July 31, 2008 at 04:59:02

The aja movie was terrible. At least the original had a raw intensity about it.

As for People, that was a creepy movie. There's no way they're going to make a commercial movie out of that. The only people who are going to enjoy it are the people who flock to these crappy remakes.

Posted by: DP1728 on July 31, 2008 at 05:17:05

Give me a break. There should a law passed that movies cannot get remakes anymore.

I love the people under the stairs and there is no need to do a remake for a movie like this.

You can't replace Everette Migill as the crazy father in the movie "Burn in Hell"

Posted by: justin on July 31, 2008 at 05:24:35

2nd Hills flick was awful. Original=good. Remake=good. Leave it alone.

As for People Under the Stairs...why ruin a perfectly good film? It wasn't monumental, but it was good for its own reasons. Don't remake it - you'll kill whatever horror mythos its managed to retain over the years. Idiots.

*punches Hollywood bigshot money-whores in the face*

It's even worse that Wes wants to whore out his own original ideas. Are you guys that broke?? I get paid peanuts and am perfectly happy being poor, as long as as I have my wonderfully non-reimagined films to entertain me when the tme is right.

Posted by: justin on July 31, 2008 at 05:29:44


Hollywood will keep making horrible crap like this and the Epic, Scary, Date-type movies as long as stupid f-u-c-k-s keep paying money to go see them. Personally, I don't see how any self-respecting filmmaker or anyone involved in such bile can even put their names on that crap. I'd be embarrassed. But I guess, since everyone is "special" in this day and age, no one is self-critical enough to realize that they needn't be involved with such garbage.

Posted by: Arnold on July 31, 2008 at 15:06:43

Hi, Im Wes Craven. I am a ****ty know it all that wants you to believe I care about poor people by making tons of ****ty remakes, rake in the public's dough and give nothing back. And you are a ****ty person if you don't support my belief that the government should tax everybody and redistribute the wealth to the lower class while I swim laps in all my ****ty horror remake money. Obama = Satan

Posted by: Alex on July 31, 2008 at 17:02:41

People under the stairs was a terrible movie. Ok after calling it terrible i realize that was a bit drastic, but it wasn't that good. And I agree, it was made in 91', do we really already need a remake? I guess it worked for that piece of **** original hulk movie, maybe this would work.

Posted by: stu on July 31, 2008 at 17:40:12

i think remake aint gonna work,all the remakes they are doin these days you know whats coming, theyshould deffinatley make a sequal to ppl under the stairs, i heard that alice bcomes a helper or summat and she writes a book about what happened to her in the house, just think ppl, coming from her point of view there will still be the same villians ( man , woman) and cant forget roach!!!, be a waste of time to bring new villians in, you cant beat the originals!!! wes craven do a sequal with the same people out the first one in it!!!!

Posted by: jimmyd on August 1, 2008 at 09:48:28

" you come in here and im gonna kick your ass!!"... as long as they have that line.. ill be happy

Posted by: deneheat101 on August 9, 2008 at 03:19:46

when i 1st purchased the Hills Have Eyes 2,and in the dvd case,i have seen there is a novel of the (Hills Have Eyes the Beginning),and its a novel,and it should be a movie too as well !!!

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