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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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Opening up in cinemas April 20. 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapados See more »

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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 opening/ending credits sequences were achieved by punching holes in metal and shining a light through them. See more »

Goofs

In the downward shot as the four enter the shelter, two legs of the cameras tripod can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Geoff: After you start to feel thirsty, you find yourself feeling impatient, maybe even a little sick. And your pulse starts to go up, then there's the headaches, dizziness... when it gets bad, your vision will blur and you'll find it hard to walk and talk. Your tongue swells up, your skin shrivels, you twitch, you go deaf and then you die.
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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 American Beauty (1999) 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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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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