The Hole (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  20 April 2001 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 38,360 users  
Reviews: 250 user | 77 critic

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.



(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Hole (2009)
Adventure | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble
Pure I (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Stars: Harry Eden, Vinnie Hunter, Molly Parker
Innocent Lies (1995)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

In September 1938 a British detective comes to a small French coastal town in order to investigate the death of a colleague. Prime suspects are the members of English aristocratic family ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Dewolf
Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Florence Hoath, Sophie Aubry
The Jacket (2005)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

Director: John Maybury
Stars: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig
My Little Eye (2002)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Five young people apply to live in an isolated house together for six months whilst their every move is filmed by numerous cameras. Each has their reason for wanting to be there - fame, ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Evans
Stars: Sean Cw Johnson, Kris Lemche, Stephen O'Reilly
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Director: Mark Pellington
Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, David Eigenberg
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!

Director: Steve Beck
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Embeth Davidtz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A brother and sister driving home for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature in the isolated countryside that is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.

Director: Victor Salva
Stars: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck
The Tall Man (2012)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

Director: Pascal Laugier
Stars: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Director: Marcus Nispel
Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


School is out, Terror has begun See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados  »

Box Office


£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (UK) (20 April 2001)


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

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The opening/ending credits sequences were achieved by punching holes in metal and shining a light through them. See more »


When Dr. Horwood visits Liz at her house, she pulls up in her car, which is quite dirty. When they leave, her car is sparkling clean. See more »


Mike: For me, all for me. I killed my best friend, you let me think I was going to die, and you watched me kill my best friend. I killed him for a fucking coke! You let Frankie die! You held her hand and you let her die.
See more »


References Heavenly Creatures (1994) See more »


Always Remember To Respect And Honour Your Mother (Part1) (Rollo Mix)
Written by Dido (as Dido Armstrong), Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo Armstrong) and Mark Bates
©By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd./BMG Music Publishing Ltd./Cheeky Music
Performed by Dusted
Courtesy of Go!Beat/Polydor UK Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission of The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Film, Even Better Cast.. But A Few Sloppy Elements
20 April 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've been anticipating this film for a while since it is Thora Birch's first role since American Beauty. So, The Hole. The Hole has been hyped up as a horror/psychological film in which 4 students are locked down an old wartime bunker (-the- Hole) to avoid a boring Geography field trip. How does it fare?

The casting is probably the jewel of this film. It's superb. The absolutely stunning Keira Knightley (Sabé from Star Wars Episode I) appears as Liz's (Birch) friend, Frankie. All the rest of the characters are complete unknowns, except the psychologist played by Embeth Davidtz (Matilda, Bridget Jones, Schindler's List), but they all act their parts excellently.

This film really has the British 'feel' mastered. The sets are excellent, the locations are splendid, and the whole 'feel' of the movie is very realistic. The school really does feel like a British public school (A British 'public school' is like a 'private school' in the US.. one where you need rich parents to flash $$$ to get you in). The unnamed pupils seem extremely realistic.

There are only three small flaws with this film. The first is that it doesn't exactly live up to the hype in the British press. I did not find this scary at all, but it was an extremely well done mystery/whodunnit. Horror? Nah, not unless you classify psychological thrillers as 'horror'.

The second flaw is that the transitions between different parts of the film can be rather confusing. Often, the film bounds around past and present shots and be extremely disorienting in places. Unlike Memento, this disorientation is not an advantage. However, at the end of the film, you'll be able to tie all of the parts together and leave feeling quite satisfied with the story (a bit like the film 'Wild Things').

Another minor let down is the music. Totally forgettable, has no place in the film, and it often appears at the most inappropriate times.

I really do hope this is released in the USA soon, as Thora Birch is definitely not to be missed here.. and I think the stunning Keira Knightley is going to be getting some bigger roles from now on, she's definitely earned her stripes here. So, my big question, why has this not been scheduled for US release!?

This is certainly not a Blair Witch Project clone, although this impression has been given by the press. Instead, this is a cleverly constructed and extremely well casted psychological thriller/mystery.

80 of 106 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did no one watch this movie closely? DimeNat
did mike die or not evil_spacemonkeyz
Am I the only person that actually loves this film? dizzyxnoise
Underage Nudity? O_o incendiumx
makes no sense casbuz
Can anyone explain a simple way what actually happened please? rachy_s
Discuss The Hole (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: