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The Hole

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

independent, special interest


A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    80%
  • Audience Score
    46%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    80%
    reviews counted: 8
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  • Audience

    46%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: ...Loses its flavour faster than chewing gum.

- Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I was fortunate enough to catch the US world premiere of The Hole last night at The Castro Theater in San Francisco. After winning some accolades at TIFF 2009, the film failed to get a distribution deal and has basically been sitting on the shelf ever since -- which is a shame. The Hole represents a return to form for Joe Dante, who is the personification of a great genre director. Like so many, he broke into the business working under Roger Corman and his career trajectory has been very reminiscent: no classics, but a string of entertaining, creative and (if you know where to look) compelling films. The Hole would have probably been awful if Dante weren't directing. He takes a pedestrian horror plot and gets so much out of it, thanks to his smart compositions, creative production design, and his ability to weave horror and comedy together seamlessly. Always ahead of the curve, Dante decided to shoot the film in 3D well before its resurgence, and he utilizes it very effectively -- concentrating on providing depth and texture to the environments and enriching the camera blocking he's famous for. The film definitely sputters towards the end, but The Hole is worth watching (if you're able to find it). It serves as a great example/reminder as to why Joe Dante is a genre legend.

- JonathanHutchings, Saturday, October 8, 2011

4 stars

I was fortunate enough to catch the US world premiere of The Hole last night at The Castro Theater in San Francisco. After winning some accolades at TIFF 2009, the film failed to get a distribution deal and has basically been sitting on the shelf ever since -- which is a shame. The Hole represents a return to form for Joe Dante, who is the personification of a great genre director. Like so many, he broke into the business working under Roger Corman and his career trajectory has been very reminiscent: no classics, but a string of entertaining, creative and (if you know where to look) compelling films. The Hole would have probably been awful if Dante weren't directing. He takes a pedestrian horror plot and gets so much out of it, thanks to his smart compositions, creative production design, and his ability to weave horror and comedy together seamlessly. Always ahead of the curve, Dante decided to shoot the film in 3D well before its resurgence, and he utilizes it very effectively -- concentrating on providing depth and texture to the environments and enriching the camera blocking he's famous for. The film definitely sputters towards the end, but The Hole is worth watching (if you're able to find it). It serves as a great example/reminder as to why Joe Dante is a genre legend.

- JonathanHutchings, Saturday, October 8, 2011

3 stars

Strong start, weak finish.

- kenstachnik, Thursday, June 30, 2011