Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
DCS Tom Howard
Emma Griffiths Malin ...
Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
Gemma Craven ...
Mrs. Dunn
Anastasia Hille ...
DI Chapman
Maria Pastel ...
Celia Montague ...
Kevin Trainor ...
Boy in School


One misty morning, Liz Dunn stumbles down the road to her school and screams for help. A police psychologist gets her to reveal her story: A month earlier: three rebellious teenagers - Mike, Frankie and Geoff are trying to ditch the school field trip to Wales. The school nerd Martin helps them out by allowing them to stay in an old war bunker for the three days on the condition that his friend Liz joins them. The teens go down, party and have great fun but Martin doesn't return to let them out and they hope and pray that someone will find them... Written by RJDL

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The hole will not be opened until 2001. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados  »

Box Office


£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (UK) (20 April 2001)

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Nick Hamm wanted to make the film seven years before he actually did. See more »


When Liz calls for help at the start of the film she dials 911. In the UK the number for emergency services is 999 not 911 as it is in the USA See more »


Elizabeth Dunn: I'm not going to ruin my life.
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References Twin Peaks (1990) See more »


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Above Average Teen Thriller with Genuine Horror
11 August 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Hole begins slowly and very standardly, but unlike most genre films, it picks up pace after 40 minutes then accelerates towards a smashing ending. Well okay, the ending itself wasn't a great surprise, but I found it satisfying in a B-grade kind of way.

The premise of Hole is pretty mundane. The idea of a group of teenagers going into an old abandoned building or structure for a lark is a stock standard story opener for hundreds of B-grade horror flicks. But then Hole becomes interesting by the re-telling of events from different characters' individual points of view in a manner reminiscent of the 1950 British gem ‘The Woman in Question'. Just who is telling the truth?

The final third of Hole rockets along and the film becomes genuinely frightening. I was especially impressed with the way repercussion of actions and in-actions are graphically shown and not glossed over as so many genre films have a habit of doing.

Hole is not a great film. The acting from the five teenagers is a cut above average, but the direction is pretty heavy handed and not very imaginative. Overall I found Hole a nicely satisfying and genuinely frightening B-grade experience which proves the old adage that says the worst monsters are human beings. It also shows that modern thriller/horror genre films doesn't always have to rely on lashings of special effects and supernaturalism to tell a story effectively.


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