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Susan and her sons Dane and Lucas Thompson move from Brooklyn to Bensonville, in the countryside. Dane is upset with the constant changes of address and the family has lived in many cities. Lucas and Dane befriend their next door neighbor, the gorgeous Julie and the brothers find a bottomless hole in the basement of their house locked with several padlocks. They take the locks off and soon they are haunted by their darkest fears. Further, they believe that the hole might be a gateway to hell. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Julie is in the diner restroom, the power goes out while she is checking on the little girl in the stall. At the door, she flips the switches up and down several times trying unsuccessfully to get the lights back on. A bit later, at the side of the screen in a tighter shot of Julie's face, we see the switches are all in the down, or off, position. However, when Julie's friend comes into the restroom, we can see that all of the switches are now in the up position. Julie's friend puts her hand over the switches, acts like she has flipped them up (we even hear the sound of them being flipped up), and the lights come back on even though the she didn't actually change the positions of the switches. See more »
I know what you've got. You've got a gateway to hell under your house. And that is really cool.
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The clown's head re-appears at the end of the closing credits and winks. See more »
The Hole is directed by Joe Dante and written by Mark L. Smith. It stars Haley Bennett, Chris Massoglia, Nathan Gamble, Teri Polo and Bruce Dern. Music is by Javier Navarrete and cinematography by Theo van de Sande.
When the Campbell family move from New York City to the quiet town of Bensonville, they find a strange trap door down in the basement. Once opened it unleashes much strangeness into the lives of brothers Dane (Massoglia) and Lucas (Gamble), as well as pretty girl next door, Julie (Bennett).
You have got a gateway to hell under your house and that's really cool!
Ah, the family frightener, where the hell have you been Joe Dante? Pitched firmly at the horror loving family from 12 years and upwards, The Hole blends Goonie like adventure with Spilebergian spookery, making this a nice accompaniment (apero) to J.J. Abrams' Super 8 that surfaced two years later. The violence isn't overt, but film has nifty passages of chills, especially if you have a fear of clown puppets and the like. The mystery element stays strong for a good portion of the piece, where viewers are made to wonder what is down in the hole because it's not instantly apparent, and there's subversive humour stitched into the narrative. Dante re-finds his set-piece mojo and once again proves to be adept at directing youngsters: The three principal young performers here turn in real effective performances, while Dern (wonderfully batty) and Polo put a professional cloak over proceedings.
It is invariably going to be too tame for the blood craving horror fanatic, and in truth the finale is just a touch too overblown. But that's just nit-picking, for this is a thoroughly enjoyable family friendly spooker. Made with care and attention to detail, and yes, with love. Cheers Joe. 7/10
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