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The Hole (2001)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  20 April 2001 (UK)
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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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DCS Tom Howard
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Daisy
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Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
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Mrs. Dunn
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Gillian
Kelly Hunter ...
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Kevin Trainor ...
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Storyline

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

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20 April 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,715 (Brazil) (27 September 2002)

Gross:

$45,715 (Brazil) (27 September 2002)
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Trivia

Guy Burt wrote the novel the film is based upon at the age of 18, not long after he left school. See more »

Goofs

British schools have holidays, not "vacations" as in the USA. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Dunn: This way he just stays perfect.
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References Twin Peaks (1990) See more »

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We Luv U
Written by Ralph Jezzard and Richard Battersby
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Grand Theft Audio
Courtesy of London/Sire Records
Licensed to Sci-Fi Recordings
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A well-crafted, deeply intelligent adult thriller.

THE HOLE (2001) Rating: 8/10

While this movie wasn't quite what I expected, I still got my money's worth. The Hole is a movie without much gore or scenes of hard-out murdering; this movie was more of a thinker. It built on its suspense and chills and the plot was looked at from many different points of view before the final call was made on actually what happened down in the hole. The film has plenty of T&A for the boys (and girls!) and moments of total spookiness for horror buffs, and I am sure everyone will get something out of this movie. The acting is superb. Thora Birch once again proves she is one of the most promising young actresses around these days. Her British accent is flawless and she is stunningly beautiful and acts out her scenes with all her effort. The rest of the cast, apart from the fantastic Embeth Davidtz, are pretty well unknowns, but they all act extremely well and each of them give stellar performances. The script for this movie is fantastic. It builds on the shocks and twists and is very smart and sees the story from many perspectives. I think the characters swore a little too much, but it didn't bother me to a big extent. The direction for the movie is also very well done. I appreciated the director's style and ideas and his twists and turns and many, many cuts are handled excellently. Some people may not really enjoy this film because it runs longer than usual horror movies and is a little slower than recent enjoyable thrillers, but this is all due to building the suspense that is all worth it in the end. Not many people have watched this thriller because it is a very independent film and sort of over-taken by the big blockbusters these days, but I highly recommend renting The Hole. This is an awesome psychological thriller that is well worth the time. It is a film that may make your heart miss a few beats and a film that's finale will leave your jaw on the ground!


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