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The Hole (2009)

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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 Jonathan Bruce ... Mover
Merritt Patterson ... Jessica (as Merrit Patterson)
Ali Cobrin ... Tiffany
Chelsea Ricketts ... Whitney
Chord Overstreet ... Adam
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hole 3D See more »

Filming Locations:

Kittanning, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Miller, a regular in Joe Dante's films has a brief, non-speaking cameo as a pizza delivery man. See more »

Goofs

Lucas carries a box marked GRandma's DISHES into the cellar. It is clearly empty. See more »

Quotes

Dane: Who the hell is that? She one of your little friends?
Lucas: I don't have any friends.
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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 The Hands of Orlac (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake 'N Shout
Written by Pete Surdoval
Performed by Pete Surdoval
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Master Source Music Catalog
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Scary movie for the youngsters...
17 October 2010 | by Paul Magne HaakonsenSee all my reviews

This movie can easily be summarized: it is like a movie version of a Goosebumps children's "horror" story. Anyone familiar with the Goosebumps book series will know what I mean. This movie is a "horror" movie for young teens and families with children. I watched it without knowing this, and was in for a surprise.

Now, don't get me wrong, this is still a good movie. But if you are expecting to be scared, you are better off watching something more tailored for an adult audience. I am sure lots of the youngsters will find this movie freakishly scary though. There are scenes that might scare younger audiences out of their pants, but at the same time, the movie is still kept at a level where it can be considered suitable for family entertainment somehow. I know it sounds weird, but if you watch the movie, you will know what I mean.

There were some good parts in the movie, but nothing that made me spooked or disturbed. The clown here reminded me somewhat of a mix of the clown doll from "Poltergeist" mixed with Chucky, and it did work well enough.

The effects were good and believable, without being over the top. The movie is not running on special effects, but whatever effects there were being used were straight to the point.

And also the people in the movie put on good performances, and that helped the movie along a good long way. And I think the young actors and actress help appeal to the younger audience.

This movie is suitable for a good evening of slight scares for families and younger teens. Worth the time actually, if you have nothing better to do.


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