From Director Joe Dante, The Hole begins when two brothers move into a new home and, along with a neighbor girl, find a trap-door to a bottomless hole in the basement. Believing the hole is empty, the trio soon find out how wrong they were when an evil entity is unleashed.
Chris Massoglia (Dane), Haley Bennett (Julie), Nathan Gamble (Lucas), Teri Polo (Susan), Bruce Dern (Creepy Carl), Quinn Lord (Annie Smith), John DeSantis (Monster Dad), Douglas Chapman (Normal Dad).
The Hole begins well enough with some minor background followed by character introduction and development and finally plot setup. As things get moving the plot is fairly predictable and builds suspense slowly. The film is obviously aimed at younger audiences and seems to connect fairly well with the younger main cast having plenty of autonomy and lack of oversight in every way. The film finishes with the requisite Happy Ever After and setup for a sequel.
Acting was reasonable with good performances from Massoglia, Bennett, Gamble and Polo. Bennett did well connecting with the audience while Massoglia and his loner attitude felt thin and insincere. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were simple but well done with good attention to detail. Filming was nice with a good, crisp picture and color. CGI was nicely done with the clown scenes being the scariest. Makeup and costuming was also good. Dialogue was fun, light and fit the film nicely. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall The Hole is a nicely done teen-scream horror flick with a good mix of content for younger viewers, horror, and suspense along with nice technical work. Good for younger viewers or even family movie night.
With some disturbing images, violence, and mild foul language this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Horror Movies, Supernatural Thrillers, Supernatural Horror Movies, Teen Screams
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