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The Hole (2001)

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.

Director:

Nick Hamm

Writers:

Guy Burt (novel), Ben Court (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Birch ... Liz
Desmond Harrington ... Mike
Daniel Brocklebank ... Martin
Laurence Fox ... Geoff
Keira Knightley ... Frankie
Embeth Davidtz ... Dr. Philippa Horwood
Steven Waddington ... DCS Tom Howard
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Daisy
Jemma Powell ... Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
Gemma Craven ... Mrs. Dunn
Anastasia Hille ... Gillian
Kelly Hunter ... DI Chapman
Maria Pastel Maria Pastel ... Policewoman
Celia Montague Celia Montague ... Solicitor
Kevin Trainor ... Boy in School
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (United Kingdom), 22 April 2001, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ending was different from the book's ending. See more »

Goofs

When the doctor drops Liz off at her house the top of the car is up, when she pulls up however the roof is down. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Dunn: Have you ever loved anyone so much you didn't care what happened to yourself? You just had to be with them. If they look at you, your heart stops. If you feel their breath on your skin, you just ache. Have you ever craved anyone so much you didn't exist any more?
Dr. Philippa Horwood: No.
Elizabeth Dunn: I have.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD has some deleted scenes including:
  • The cops are looking for the four teenagers in the woods. Then one of the cops stands in front of the hole's door and Liz hears a noise and pretends she doesn't hear anything.
  • A one year later-feature where you see a guy sitting behind a computer. Liz comes to sit next to him en says her name is Beth.
  • A different scene where Phillipa pretends she puts the camera off, after Liz told her story Later, she walks outside. Later, when she watches the tape, she sees Liz saying 'Yeah, it's raining bitch'
  • A different beginning featuring alternate camera angles.
  • An extended morgue scene, where you see Phillipa exaiming both bodies instead of one at the time.
  • A different scene where Liz reveals to Mike why she locked them in.
  • An alternative beginning with Liz sitting in a chair having flashbacks about the hole, at the end the door of the hole closes.
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Insomnia (Monster Mix
Written by Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo Armstrong), Sister Bliss (as Ayalah Bentovim) and Maxi Jazz
Performed by Faithless
Courtesy of Cheeky Records/Arista Records, Inc.
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Not as advertised but a solid little thriller none the less
14 May 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Liz stumbles towards her boarding school, bloodied and shaken up after being missing for several days. She tells the police psychologist of a party in a hidden bunker planned for her and three friends by her friend Martin. However when Martin doesn't return things turn nasty in the bunker. However when Martin is found by the police he tells a very different story. Slowly the true events are retold in flashback.

I saw the trailers for this and assumed it was another teen slasher – I didn't even know it was set in Britain until someone told me. I think the trailer is an example of a studio unsure of how to sell a product and just plumping for the lowest common denominator. However this film rises above that. Instead of being a slasher or a horror it is a thriller with a horror twist. This makes it better – it may not be as scary as you expect but it is a better story and is creepy rather than schlocky!

The cast are good despite being young. The weaknesses come in with the adult cast – especially the cops who have clearly watched too much Sweeney! However the teens are good and are more than the sort of fodder that is put in teen movies.

Overall this is not what you expect. But it is better than you'd think. The thriller story is gripping because you're not sure what happened in the bunker until the end and I had questions answered as I went. Not great but certainly better than another teen slasher movie.


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