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The Scare Hole (2004)

Mummy an' the Armadillo (original title)
A young woman stops at a rundown roadside diner during a dark and stormy night which sets in motion a series of events that bring out dark secrets, psychological quotes, and more.



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Carol Ann
Young Billie (as Ashley Louise Edner)
Young Jesse


Set entirely at a run-down roadside diner in Arizona, called The Armadillo Cafe, a shady tourist, named Sarah, stops for a rest at the deserted place run by a wary young woman, named Billie, and her dysfunctional and deranged family whom include her psychotic, alcoholic mother Let and her two sons; the retarded Wyatte and the crazed cowboy Jesse whom tie up and hold Sarah hostage when she begins asking too many questions about their pasts and is subjected to their mind games and physical and mental torture to find out her connection to the family and dark secrets they hold. Written by matt-282

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and terror, strong sexual dialogue and language




Release Date:

29 January 2004 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Sarah: If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you please untie me?
Let: Not until I get to the bottom of this.
Sarah: Please... please, these ropes are cutting off my circulation.
Let: If you wouldn't squirm about like a gopher in a trap, you'd be fine.
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Obvious Mummy, needs more Armadillo
12 September 2005 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

You can count the number of shots on one hand of this overlong trapped in one room with actors who either under or overact with an equal measure of indifference. The writing is dull and they can do nothing with it.

Betty Buckley comes off the best as she has stage experience to put life into lifeless material like this, but another reason she comes off well is that she has the smallest part.

This is really a dull small scale play shot in a way that is totally unimaginative. The plot's big twist was obvious to me from the start and the Armadillo story has little or nothing to do with what's going on. The story is loaded with back story none of which the film can afford to shoot but you also get the impression it never occurred to them to even try. The blocking of the actors is crappy and this would possibly be an even duller play than it is a film.

Half baked Sam Shepard play is what this really is. Features a bad "retard" character that is probably the worst thing about it, but the worst thing is how boring it all is. J.S. Cardone does nothing to make this feel like a film. Being trapped in one room is no excuse for directing something this boringly. You can only call this a thriller if you consider a character being tied up in a chair for most of the time a thrill. Watching this film feels like a really terrible week on a soap opera. No edge, no convincing characters or situations, do not press play on this dud.

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