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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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The hole will not be opened until 2001. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Thora Birch was paid a highly publicized seven-figure salary, due to her recent acclaimed appearance in American Beauty (1999). See more »

Goofs

British schools have holidays, not "vacations" as in the USA. See more »

Quotes

Martyn: Liz and Frankie are almost the same person. Boring, vain, shallow enough to paddle in.
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Alternate Versions

The film was cut by the distributor to qualify for a "15" rating in the UK. The cuts include the re-dubbing of the word 'cunt'. Ironically, the 'deleted scenes' section on the UK DVD release is rated '18', therefore earning the DVD an '18' overall, even though the film is only a '15'. The same version of the film was released worldwide, so an uncut version/director's cut DVD sadly isn't available anywhere. See more »

Connections

References Heavenly Creatures (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Above Average Teen Thriller with Genuine Horror
11 August 2003 | by roland-sinnSee all my reviews

The Hole begins slowly and very standardly, but unlike most genre films, it picks up pace after 40 minutes then accelerates towards a smashing ending. Well okay, the ending itself wasn't a great surprise, but I found it satisfying in a B-grade kind of way.

The premise of Hole is pretty mundane. The idea of a group of teenagers going into an old abandoned building or structure for a lark is a stock standard story opener for hundreds of B-grade horror flicks. But then Hole becomes interesting by the re-telling of events from different characters' individual points of view in a manner reminiscent of the 1950 British gem ‘The Woman in Question'. Just who is telling the truth?

The final third of Hole rockets along and the film becomes genuinely frightening. I was especially impressed with the way repercussion of actions and in-actions are graphically shown and not glossed over as so many genre films have a habit of doing.

Hole is not a great film. The acting from the five teenagers is a cut above average, but the direction is pretty heavy handed and not very imaginative. Overall I found Hole a nicely satisfying and genuinely frightening B-grade experience which proves the old adage that says the worst monsters are human beings. It also shows that modern thriller/horror genre films doesn't always have to rely on lashings of special effects and supernaturalism to tell a story effectively.

6/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,158,370 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,819,851
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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