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The Hole (2009)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Thriller | 11 June 2010 (Italy)
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A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Director:

Joe Dante

Writer:

Mark L. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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Susan and her sons Dane and Lucas Thompson move from Brooklyn to Bensonville, in the countryside. Dane is upset with the constant changes of address and the family has lived in many cities. Lucas and Dane befriend their next door neighbor, the gorgeous Julie and the brothers find a bottomless hole in the basement of their house locked with several padlocks. They take the locks off and soon they are haunted by their darkest fears. Further, they believe that the hole might be a gateway to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It Knows Your Deepest Fears. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for frightening images, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Joe Dante's first film in seven years. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, Julie (who is facing away from the camera) asks Dane, "Are you okay?" Dane responds (at around 1h 25 mins) without moving his lips, "Oh, He's gone. We don't have to worry about it." See more »

Quotes

Julie: I know what you've got. You've got a gateway to hell under your house. And that is really cool.
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Crazy Credits

Still images of the cast appear on the end credits. The depths of the hole provide the backdrop for the end credits. See more »

Connections

References South Park (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Early Morning Blackout
Written by Michael Williamson
Performed by Jr. Juggernaut
Published by Nickel Eye Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Michael Williamson
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The Hole 2D
19 September 2010 | by eneyeseekaywhySee all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

11 June 2010 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,457,002
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