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The Hole -- A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.
The Hole -- After moving into a new neighborhood, brothers Dane and Lucas, along with their neighbor Julie, discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their home. They find that once the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed - forcing them to face  their darkest fears to put an end to the mystery.
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The Hole -- A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.


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Chris Massoglia ... Dane

Haley Bennett ... Julie

Nathan Gamble ... Lucas

Teri Polo ... Susan

Bruce Dern ... Creepy Carl

Quinn Lord ... Annie Smith

John DeSantis ... Monster Dad (as John Desantis)

Douglas Chapman ... Normal Dad (as Doug Chapman)

Mark Pawson ... Travis

Peter Shinkoda ... Young Cop
Jonathan Bruce ... Mover

Merritt Patterson ... Jessica (as Merrit Patterson)

Ali Cobrin ... Tiffany

Chelsea Ricketts ... Whitney

Chord Overstreet ... Adam

Wade Williams ... Monster Dad Voice (voice)

Mary Mouser ... Annie Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Ark ... Flirty Boy (uncredited)
Dylan Garrett ... Pick-up Driver (uncredited)
Billy Hendrickson ... Ghost on monitor (uncredited)
Paul Hooson ... Jester (uncredited)
Jessica Just ... Pool Girl (uncredited)

Dick Miller ... Pizza Delivery Guy (uncredited)
Stephanie Wilcox ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Dante 
Writing credits
Mark L. Smith (written by)

Produced by
Chris Bender .... executive producer
Garrick Dion .... associate producer
Neal Flaherty .... co-producer
Claudio Fäh .... producer (as Claudio Faeh)
David Lancaster .... producer
Michel Litvak .... producer
Jonathan Oakes .... co-producer
Jon Silk .... co-producer
Robert Skotak .... co-producer
Vicki Sotheran .... producer
J.C. Spink .... executive producer
Gary Michael Walters .... executive producer
Original Music by
Javier Navarrete 
Cinematography by
Theo van de Sande (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marshall Harvey 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor  (as Nancy Nayor Battino)
Production Design by
Brentan Harron 
Art Direction by
Tyler Bishop Harron  (as Tyler Harron)
Set Decoration by
Victoria Söderholm  (as Victoria Soderholm)
Costume Design by
Kate Main 
Makeup Department
Art Anthony .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles
Rexford Bangle .... first assistant makeup artist
Anne Carroll .... assistant hair stylist
Michael Del Rossa .... special makeup effects: SOTA F/X Inc (as Michael Delrossa)
Leah Ehman .... key makeup artist
Robert Giddens .... special makeup effects: SOTA F/X Inc
Connie Kallos .... key hair stylist: Los Angeles
Roy Knyrim .... special makeup effects: SOTA F/X Inc
Conor McCullagh .... special makeup effects: SOTA F/X Inc (as Conor Mccullagh)
Cindy Miller .... special makeup effects: SOTA F/X Inc
Danna Rutherford .... key hair stylist
Anthony Tantalo .... special makeup effects: SOTA F/X Inc
Patrick Tantalo .... special makeup effects: SOTA F/X Inc (as Pat Tantalo)
Production Management
Steve Beswick .... unit production manager
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor
Karyn McCarthy .... unit production manager: Los Angeles (as Karyn Mccarthy)
Donald Munro .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karin Behrenz .... third assistant director
Warren Hanna .... second assistant director (as Warren Hannah)
Marshall Harvey .... first assistant director
Carl Mason .... first assistant director
Dan Mulvaney .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Cynthia A. Potthast .... first assistant director: Los Angeles (as Cynthia Potthast)
Cynthia A. Potthast .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Brian Sepanzyk .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Tamara Auerbach .... on-set dresser: Los Angeles
Jeremy Barber .... on-set carpenter
Richard Beech .... dresser
Jerry Bingham .... storyboard artist
Martin P. Blaine .... construction foreman (as Martin Blaine)
Todd Brooks .... construction buyer
Roger Busque .... construction foreman
Dan Caplan .... sketch artist: Los Angeles
Tony Castagnola .... head greensperson: Los Angeles
Niki Charalambopoulos .... scenic painter
Matthew Clancy .... on-set carpenter (as Matt Clancy)
Debra Combs .... set decorator: Los Angeles
James Robert Crockett .... art department assistant (as James Crockett)
David Curley .... lead carpenter (as Dave Curly)
Doris Deutschmann .... assistant art director (as Doris Deutschman)
Dylan Dowd .... greensman
Al Fischer .... lead carpenter
Joshua Gauthier .... lead scenic painter (as Josh Gauthier)
Kate Kashetsky .... set dec buyer
Chris Langevin .... assistant property master: Los Angeles
Ryan MacInnis .... lead scenic painter (as Ryan Macinnis)
Randy MacKenzie .... on-set painter (as Randy Mackenzie)
Randy MacKenzie .... paint foreman (as Randy Mackenzie)
Dean McQuillen .... construction coordinator (as Dean Mcquillen)
Colin Meacham .... on-set dresser
Gary Myers .... art director: Los Angeles
Elliot Neck .... truck props
Peter Nesmith .... on-set greensman: Los Angeles
Craig Nolan .... on-set greensman: Los Angeles
Cheri Paul .... property master: Los Angeles
Valentine Pavuls .... property master
Robert Pratt .... storyboard artist (as Rob Pratt)
Joandra Sahs .... on-set painter
Richard Sari .... lead dresser (as Rich Saari)
Laura Schneider .... assistant property master
Sarah M. Smith .... lead greens person
Hans Soto .... on-set greensman: Los Angeles
Joe Spaan .... on-set dresser: Los Angeles
Michael Toby .... set designer
Lynn Werner .... assistant set decorator
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator
Maurice Woodworth .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark C. Grech .... boom operator: Los Angeles (as Mark Grech)
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer (as Marti D Humphrey)
Chris M. Jacobson .... adr mixer (as Chris M Jacobson)
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound effects editor (as Chris M Jacobson)
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Chris M Jacobson)
Devin Joseph .... dialogue editor
Ken King .... production sound mixer: Los Angeles
Robert McDonagh .... boom operator (as Robert Mcdonaugh)
Bruce Nyznik .... adr supervisor
Bruce Nyznik .... supervising sound editor
Larry Oliver .... dialogue continuity
Daryl Powell .... production sound mixer
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
David Schneider .... utility: Los Angeles (as Dave Schneider)
Brad Semenoff .... dialogue editor
Jussi Tegelman .... sound designer
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist (as Alex Ulrich)
Special Effects by
Don Besse .... first assistant special effects
Michael Broom .... puppet designer
Paul Brown .... on-set special effects assistant
Phil Davis .... on-set special effects assistant
Eric Lemay .... assistant special effects coordinator
Darren Marcoux .... special effects coordinator
Mark Mentiply .... fabricator
Visual Effects by
Anton Agerbo .... visual effects producer
David Alexander .... CGI artist: Whodoo Visual Effects
Rodrigo Armendariz .... title designer
Mike Barber .... assistant editor: visual effects
Nestor Benito .... compositor
Laurence Berkani .... visual effects producer
Garret Biles .... junior visual effects artist
Eloi Brunelle .... compositor
Corey Coates .... rotoscoping
Christopher Courtland .... rotoscoping (as Chris Courtland)
Etienne Daigle .... compositing supervisor
John Daro .... digital stereoscopic artist
Jim Davidson .... key model builder: 4Ward Productions
Neil De La Pena .... electrician: 4Ward Productions
Nicolas Deziel .... compositor
Karina Di Cunto .... visual effects coordinator
Thai Son Doan .... compositor
Elaine Edford .... visual effects executive producer: 4Ward Productions
Ryan Epp .... senior compositor
John Gajdecki .... visual effects supervisor
Richard Greenwood .... junior compositor
Keith M. Hamilton .... compositor (as Keith Hamilton)
Christopher Hartt .... visual effects artist (as Chris Hartt)
Billy Hendrickson .... sculptor: 4Ward Productions
Laura Hitchcock .... compositor (as Laura Fremmerlid)
Graham Houston .... visual effects artist
Robert Howie .... title designer
Nick Hsieh .... compositing supervisor
Khris Kaneff .... stage assistant: 4Ward Productions (as Chris Kaneff)
Emil Kerie .... visual effects
Charles Lai .... compositor
David Larochelle .... compositor
Janice Lee .... senior compositor: Whodoo Visual Effects
Kelvin Lee .... compositor
Farhad Mohasseb .... compositor
Jean-Francois Morissette .... lead matchmover
Thomas Nugent .... rotoscoping (as Tom Nugent)
Helena Packer .... digital effects supervisor: Whodoo Visual Effects (as Helena Packer-Burnson)
Sarah Paul .... digital effects supervisor: Whodoo Visual Effects (as Sarah M Paul)
Max Penner .... chief technology officer
Jonathan Piche-Delorme .... digital compositor
James William Roberts .... CG supervisor (as James Roberts)
Brian Rogers .... visual effects line producer: 4Ward Productions
Joseph Schultz .... special 3D modeling: 4Ward Productions
Dennis Skotak .... 3D still photography: 4Ward Productions
Dennis Skotak .... visual effects director of photography: 4Ward Productions
Robert Skotak .... visual effects sequence designer: Los Angeles, 4Ward Productions
Robert Skotak .... visual effects supervisor: 4Ward Productions
Doug Smith .... digital effects supervisor
Tibor Szakaly .... camera operator: 4Ward Productions
Stephan Szpak-Fleet .... main title design
Jim Towler .... model supervisor: 4Ward Productions
Darryl Walthall .... grip assistant: 4Ward Productions
Kim Wiseman .... compositor
Kelvin Yee .... stereoscopic compositor
James Garrett .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Scott J. Ateah .... stunt coordinator: Vancouver (as Scott Ateah)
Devan Baker .... stunt double: Annie
Ted Barba .... stunt utility: Los Angeles
Fraser Corbett .... stunt double: Dane
Daniel Cudmore .... stunt double: Monster Dad
Don Lew .... stunt double: Young Cop
John Medlen .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Jennifer Mylrea .... stunt double: Julie
Ninon Parent .... stunt double: Lucas
Camera and Electrical Department
Ahmad Al-Tamimi .... camera trainee
Matt Almas .... best boy grip
Ian Andrews .... lighting technician
Ed Araquel .... still photographer
Randy Babchuck .... rigging technician: Los Angeles
Roger Bailey .... generator operator
Nico Bally .... crane technician grip: Los Angeles
Justin Bergler .... additional second assistant camera
Stephen Brock .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Steve Brock)
Justin Browne .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Justin Browne .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, Los Angeles
Alex Bunin .... remote head technician: Los Angeles
Guy Paul Caputo Jr. .... rigging technician: Los Angeles
Drew David .... grip
Brian Dennis .... electrician: Los Angeles
Michael Dorowsky .... rigging technician: Los Angeles
Jamie Franta .... grip: Los Angeles
Niall Fraser .... best boy lighting
Vadim Frumin .... grip: Los Angeles
Daniel C. Gold .... camera operator: "b" camera, Los Angeles (as Dan Gold)
Chris Gordon .... dolly grip: "a" camera, Los Angeles
Stuart Haggerty .... chief lighting technician
Charles Hart .... grip: Los Angeles
Russell Hawkes .... dolly grip: "a" camera (as Russel Hawkes)
Robert Howie .... 3D digital imaging technician
Bodie Hyman .... grip: Los Angeles
Peter Iovino .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Joe Iverson .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Robin Jobin .... rigging grip
J.J. Johnson .... best boy grip: Los Angeles (as JJ Johnson)
Norbert Kaluza .... Steadicam operator
Norbert Kaluza .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bill Kennedy .... grip: Los Angeles
Scott Kevan .... director of photography: Los Angeles
Alex Klabukov .... key grip: Los Angeles
Kyle Kovacs .... rigging technician: Los Angeles
Doug Lavender .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Eric Leach .... camera operator: "a" camera, Los Angeles
Dell Lightesy .... grip: Los Angeles (as Del Lightcsy)
Robert Little .... leadman grip (as Bob Little)
Wayne Marshall .... electrician: Los Angeles
Paul Martins .... board operator
BJ McDonnell .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles (as BJ Mcdonnell)
David J. McGraw .... 3D digital video engineer
Scott Medcalf .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Luke Miller .... electrician: Los Angeles
Kevin Milligan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Los Angeles
Richard Moriarty .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Los Angeles (as Rich Moriarty)
Ron Newburn .... rigging technician: Los Angeles
John 'JOC' O'Connell .... camera production assistant: Los Angeles (as John O'Connel)
Sean Oxenbury .... rigging gaffer
Ziggy Pedone .... electrician: Los Angeles
Max Penner .... stereographer
Dana Powers .... lighting technician (as Dana Wutzke)
Doug Price .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Thoma Reavis .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Thomas Reavis)
Dean Reca .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Jerry Sandager .... grip: Los Angeles
Richard Sinclair .... additional second assistant camera (as Rich Sinclair)
Jake W. Smith .... grip: Los Angeles (as Jake Smith)
Andrew Sykes .... grip: Los Angeles
Miguel Sánchez .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Miguel Sanchez)
David Taylor .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as David 'Mickey' Taylor)
David Taylor .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, Los Angeles (as David 'Mickey' Taylor)
Matthew Thiemann .... electrician: Los Angeles
Dave Thurlow .... balloon technician: Los Angeles (as David Thurlow)
Teague Uva .... grip: Los Angeles
Michael Wale .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Wale .... director of photography: second unit
Tony Whiteside .... key grip
Jay W. Yowler .... gaffer: Los Angeles (as Jay Yowler)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada (as Stuart Atkins)
Sean Cossey .... casting: Canada
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Sari Knight .... casting: Los Angeles
J.J. Ogilvy .... casting assistant: Vancouver (as JJ Ogilvy)
Jeff Olan .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Stephanie Wilcox .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Best .... truck costumer
Brian Cotton .... key costumer: Los Angeles
Paulette Nelson .... assistant costume designer
Barry Peters .... set supervisor
Michelle Roth .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Susan Alexander .... digital intermediate producer
Alastor Arnold .... digital intermediate artist
John Daro .... digital intermediate colorist
James Garrett .... assistant editor (as Jim Garrett)
Chris Newton .... 2nd 3d artist
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive
Joe VanDalsem .... key 3d artist
Tessa VanDalsem .... digital media coordinator
Music Department
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Craig Stuart Garfinkle .... orchestrator
Penka Kouneva .... orchestrator
Eimear Noone .... orchestrator
Joohyun Park .... orchestrator
Steven A. Saltzman .... music editor
Drew Silverstein .... assistant to score producer
Jeff Vaughn .... score producer
Richard Walters .... music supervisor
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joseph Aroesti .... driver: Los Angeles (as Joey Aroesti)
Colin Banner .... driver: construction
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver: Los Angeles
Dave Byerley .... transport captain
Curtis Clark .... driver: Los Angeles (as Curtis E Clark)
Bob Dennett .... transport coordinator
Angel Desanti .... driver: Los Angeles (as Angel De Santi)
Andy Earle .... driver: cast trailer
Wayne Flowers Jr. .... driver: Los Angeles (as Wayne Flowers)
Tom Groulx .... driver: set dec (as Tom Grouix)
Geno Hart .... transportation consultant: Los Angeles
Lee Jennings .... driver: Los Angeles
William Jones .... driver: Los Angeles
William Jones .... mechanic: Los Angeles
Marc Lipman .... driver: Los Angeles
Robert MacLean .... driver: cast trailer (as Bob Maclean)
Dave McDonald .... driver: hair / make-up / honeywagon (as Dave Mcdonald)
Lori Merchant-O'Dwyer .... driver: cast
Michael J. Murphy .... driver: cast (as Mike Murphy)
Red Murphy .... driver: cast (as 'Red' Murphy)
Hardy Ophuls .... transportation clerk: Los Angeles
Marty Osborne .... picture vehicle captain: Los Angeles (as Martin Osborne)
John Pellegrino .... driver: Los Angeles
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Ron Pope .... driver: Los Angeles (as Ronnie A Pope)
Francisco Trujillo .... driver: Chef Robert Catering, Los Angeles
Chris Warren .... driver: Los Angeles
Other crew
Dustin Lee Abram .... production assistant
Darlyl Adam .... production assistant (as Darryl Adam)
Cara E. Anderson .... second assistant coordinator (as Cara E Anderson)
Kimberly Andrews .... trainer: Los Angeles
Len Antonation .... assistant chef: Truffles Fine Foods
Rodolfo Avalos .... assistant chef: Chef Robert Catering, Los Angeles
Blake Babson .... assistant to production
Susan Benedon .... trainer: Los Angeles
Jeff Betancourt .... producer consultant
Gavin Black .... production executive
Stuart Blackie .... assistant: Mr. Dante
Nathan Blankenship .... assistant: Mr. Oakes
Jennifer Box .... animal wrangler: Los Angeles
Paul D. Boydston .... location manager: prep, Los Angeles (as Paul D Boydston)
Kevin Brader .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Suzie Bruce .... assistant accountant (as Suzi Bruce)
Rafael Silvestre Bueno .... assistant chef: Chef Robert Catering, Los Angeles
Mandy Butler .... production accountant
Jeny Cassady .... puppeteer
Morris Chapdelaine .... puppeteer
Alex Coffee .... business affairs
Naia Cucukov .... assistant: Mr. Lancaster
Francisco J. Daniel .... assistant chef: Chef Robert Catering, Los Angeles
Melyssa Rose Davies .... first assistant coordinator (as Melyssa Rose)
Danika Dinsmore .... studio teacher
Jaedyn Dionne .... photo double
Paul Duke .... chef: Truffles Fine Foods
Michael S. Dunitz .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Mike Dunitz)
Nathan Earley .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Michael Farias .... assistant location manager
Wilson Farrell .... body double & stand-in
Heather Fielding .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Katie Forss .... payroll accountant
Dylan Garrett .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Christopher Hernandez .... security captain: Los Angeles (as Chris Hernandez)
Tim Holpby .... production assistant (as Tim Holtby)
Kim Howes .... security captain
Garnett Humenick .... craft service
Garnett Humenick .... first aid
Nathan Jensen .... assistant chef: Truffles Fine Foods
Krista Johnston .... clearances
Jose L. Juarez .... assistant chef: Chef Robert Catering, Los Angeles
Christine Knight .... stand-in
Meti Kusari .... craft service: Los Angeles
Jamie Lake .... location manager
Tricia Leigh .... production coordinator
Sheila Louie .... set medic: Los Angeles
Chris Lum .... set medic: Los Angeles
Anna MacDonald .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Joshua Mandel .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Danielle Marquez .... assistant: Mr. Walters
Shelley Matheson .... post accounting
Danny McKenzie .... production assistant
Lainie Miller .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Rob Mitchell .... production finance executive
Miles Mogulescu .... legal services (as Miles Mogulescu Esq.)
Miles Mogulescu .... professional services (as Miles Mogulescu Esq.)
Janet D. Munro .... script supervisor (as Janet Munro)
Thomas Newman .... epk Field Producer
Thomas Newman .... epk coordinator
Chris Olech .... stand-in
Gerardo F. Orozco .... assistant chef: Chef Robert Catering, Los Angeles
Nicholas Podbrey .... lead puppeteer
Nicholas Podbrey .... puppeteer
Sarah Potts .... Assistant to Producer
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... production coordinator: los angeles
Stephen Rogowskey .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Steve Rogowskey)
Kevin Royce .... production assistant
Erin Shelley .... trainer: Los Angeles
Mike Simon .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Alex Skrepnik .... accounting clerk
Alison R. Smith .... trainer: Los Angeles (as Alison Smith)
Natalie Zara Smith .... studio teacher
Mitch Spacone .... system support: FotoKem
Francisco Trujillo .... chef: Chef Robert Catering, Los Angeles
Nick Vecchio .... office assistant
Jack Veldhuis .... assistant location manager: prep
Bill Vigars .... unit publicist
Gary Wardberg .... child welfare
Gary Wardberg .... tutor
Shawn Weber .... trainer: Los Angeles
Brett Williams .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Danny Wilson .... location scout (uncredited)
Darcy Woodley .... animal trainer
Dylan Gray Woodley .... animal trainer
Steve Woodley .... animal wrangler
Alyson Dewar .... the filmmakers wish to thank
John Frizzell .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Lisa Pekar .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Joellen Plaskett .... the filmmakers wish to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Hole 3D" - USA (3-D version)
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Rated PG-13 for frightening images, violence and some language
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:9 | Netherlands:12 (Blu-ray rating) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45558)

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The film never received a release in the United States because all the screens were dominated by blockbuster 3D releases. A smaller film with an unknown cast simply couldn't get a foothold.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Lucas is sitting and watching the TV and either changing channel or altering the volume, the beam from the remote is visible. This only happens when the beam is activated whilst user is looking at it through a camera/camcorder/mobile phone.See more »
Dane:We just want to know if you built the hole, and what it's about.
Creepy Carl:Nobody built the hole! The hole has been there since the world's first scream.
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References "South Park" (1997)See more »
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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
The Hole 2D, 19 September 2010
Author: eneyeseekaywhy from Ireland

Fear and nostalgia don't often go hand in hand, but the two were riding high in my mind after the screening of The Hole. Coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, seems to be quite a common phobia amongst my peers and for 99% of us it can be traced back to a certain television show. The Sky One adaptation of Stephen King's It, which aired in 1990. It's main antagonist, a clown named Pennywise, gave me my first real post-horror-film sleepless night. Up to that point the only fear-inducing villains I had been exposed to were Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch of the West. But a samurai robot and a middle-aged woman in green make-up didn't seem quite so scary after watching the terrifying killer clown. Echoes of Pennywise are evident in the ghoulish Jester doll of The Hole. The fact that Joe Dante brings us a family film that manages to instill some levels of discomfort and even fear in adults reminds us why he was such a big name in the 80's. With The Hole, the man behind Gremlins and The 'Burbs goe's back to what he does best; frightening yet family friendly. And he almost succeeds in giving us another great kids film. Almost.

Featuring the aforementioned Jester doll, the corpse of a young girl and some Beetlejuice like nightmare sequences, there are a lot of horror elements of the film to like. These elements are executed well and the use of some traditional stop-motion special effects gave the film an endearing charm. However all of this just served to highlight how awful the 3D was. The digital effect only served to ruin what would otherwise have been a great thowback-to-the-80's look. I ended up watching the second half of The Hole with my Roy Orbison style specs removed.

In my experience, and a lot of people I've discussed it with, the novelty of 3D lasts for roughly the first ten minutes of a film. Afterwards it simply distracts from whats going on and tends to blur any action above a certain speed. It adds nothing to the vast majority of the films released in the format and ultimately becomes headache inducing. Let's hope it's just a Smell-O-Vision style fad that fades away sooner rather than later.

The storyline of The Hole is in no way original and the dialogue is ridiculously bad at times, but on the whole it had a certain charisma about it. Had this been released when I was between eight and twelve years of age it may have been a favourite of mine, along with Ghostbusters and two of Dante's other works Innerspace and Gremlins. It pushes the boundaries of whats acceptable in a film rated 12A, is nicely stylised and has genuinely frightening moments. For a certain age group in years to come, The Hole will evoke great memories of how much fun the cinema can be. If they happen to see a 2D version, all the better.

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