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The Black Hole (2006)

An atomic research experiment goes awry in St. Louis, Missouri unleashing not only a big black hole, but also a creature from beyond that feeds on electricity through the streets of this Midwest city.

Director:

Tibor Takács

Writers:

Kenneth M. Badish (story), Boaz Davidson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy Swanson ... Shannon Muir
Judd Nelson ... Eric
David Selby ... Ryker
Heather Dawn ... Alicia
Jennifer Lyn Quackenbush ... Elizabeth (as Jennifer Quackenbush)
Christa Campbell ... Advisor Coldwell
Peter Mayer Peter Mayer ... General Tate
Julia Sinks ... Kayley
James Anthony ... Tolland (as Jim Anthony)
Kevin Beyer Kevin Beyer ... Dr. Hauser
Daniel Buran ... Kent (as Dan Buran)
Tim Snay ... Hayes
Adrian Rice Adrian Rice ... Lt. Samson
Greg Carr Greg Carr ... Guardsman
Chris Nolte ... Hendricks
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In St. Louis, the scientists Dr. William Hauser, Shannon Muir and Kent accidentally create a black hole during an experiment. While investigating the phenomenon, Dr. Hauser and Kent die and the army comes to their laboratory under the command of General Ryker. Shannon tries to call the prominent Dr. Eric Bryce, but the scientist does not answer the phone since he misses his daughter Kayley after the divorce to his ex-wife Elizabeth. When he is contacted, he comes to the laboratory and soon he finds that the experiment has also unleashed a creature that feeds off energy. The Powers That Be wants a nuclear attack against the creature, but Eric warns that the action will increase the black hole. He also believes that the creature may be destroyed and the black hole closed if they are attracted to each other. However, only General Ryker supports his theory while General Tate wants to bomb the location. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for sci-fi violence, peril and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sci Fi Channel

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Soldiers Memorial is a World War I museum built during the Depression and so neglected that the elevators don't work. It is situated on Chestnut Street in downtown St. Louis, however, which is low-traffic yet double the width of other downtown streets, which means a movie company can show a rented helicopter landing in the middle of downtown without messing up local traffic too much. See more »

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Though the alarm in the lab is going off and a voice on the intercom instructs all personnel to evacuate immediately, when Sgt. Bennett is sent to search for a missing person, three people in red shirts can be seen idly standing around in an overhead shot. See more »

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References The Void (2001) See more »

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Burn
Performed by the Druts
Written by Christopher Latham (BMI) & Charles Garrick (ASCAP)
Published by Engine Co 30 (BMI) & Engine Co 35 (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Rescue Records
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Yes, it really is as bad as they say

In this SciFi Channel original, an accident in a nuclear lab in St. Louis causes not only the creation of a black hole, but unleashes an alien creature that feeds on energy. A scientist and his female partner team up with a maverick general to solve the growing menace while the military embarks on a typical blow-it-up solution that could wreak disaster for the world.

I found the idea of a small black hole created on Earth intriguing, and it was interesting watching it eat up everything around it. (So it "can't" happen, but hey, it is science fiction!) Unfortunately, screenwriter David Goodin, who is responsible for "Larva," another TV movie that flopped, again shows himself adept at giving us a general plot and characters who are tired and clichéd. You know, the implausible story of the world-threatening event that is handled by the lone scientist (instead of every intelligent professional in the world) and simplistic government officials who make FEMA look good! Even if we accept this script as a mediocre formula tale, we would hope for at least semi-intelligent dialogue and a director who had some slight ability for pacing. (Tibor Tacaks has, according to IMDb, directed some 28 films, and I don't think any of them rated over 5). Perhaps with such a weak structure, we can forgive the wooden, lackluster acting from a cast who must have figured at least it was a way to make a quick buck.

I'm pretty tolerant of formula sci fi, even when the premise is implausible, but this one is bad even for a TV movie.


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