The People Under the Stairs (1991) w/WildClaw Theatre

People Under the Stairs

This week, Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre and Our Fair City joins us once again to talk about the Wes Craven home-invasion thriller The People Under the Stairs! One of those rare socially-conscious 1990s horror movies, Stairs follows a young boy named ‘Fool’ as he tries to rob his price-gouging landlords, only to learn they’re leather-wearing psychopaths with a horde of vampiric zombie hostages in the basement. It’s a curiously fun mixture of camp and creeps, and we’ve got a custom cocktail and drinking rules to get you through the night!

(Thanks to our sponsor Iron Galaxy as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Purple Under the Scares

We’re in full-on pun mode again this week, with some dank purple drank that’s as minty as it is sweet. Gin-wise, it’s up to you – go with a new-world gin (like New Amsterdan) or a London dry (like Plymouth) based on your taste.

People Under the Stairs Cocktail1.5oz gin
.5oz Aperol
2 parts Nice! blueberry-raspberry sparkling water
2-3 sprigs, mint

Combine in a rocks glass over ice, garnish with mint.

DRINKING RULES FOR THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS:

1) Drink every time characters go up and down stairs
2) Drink whenever the parents say “burn in hell”
3) Drink any time someone heads through a trap door or other kind of contraption

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Fool says, “No wonder there’s no money in the ghetto.”

Join us next week as we finally, finally get around to doing the Edgar Wright cop comedy Hot Fuzz!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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