The Hole

June 11th, 2010


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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.8/10 (5,887 voted)

Director: Joe Dante

Stars: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble

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 sooner they are haunted by their darkest fears. Further, they believe that the hole might be a gateway to hell.

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 - Travis
Peter Shinkoda - Young Cop
Jonathan Bruce - Mover
Merritt Patterson - Jessica (as Merrit Patterson)
Ali Cobrin - Tiffany
Chelsea Ricketts - Whitney
Chord Overstreet - Adam

Taglines: What Are You So Afraid Of?


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Netherlands] |

Release Date: 11 June 2010

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: £906,722 (UK) (26 September 2010) (362 Screens)

Gross: £2,812,547 (UK) (17 October 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Julie is reading "La divina commedia/The Divine Comedy" by the Italian author Dante Alighieri. It describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The director's name is Joe Dante. Also on the sleeve it says: "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" translated means something like "All hope abandon, ye who enter in."

Factual errors: When Julie is in her room listening to her iPod, the electricity shuts down. Her iPod also shuts down. Later, when the electricity is back on, her iPod turns on again. This isn't possible because her iPod isn't plugged into a socket.

Dane: Who the hell is that? She one of your little friends?
Lucas: I don't have any friends.

User Review

Fun scares!

Rating: 8/10

The Hole 3D (not to be confused with the Thora Birch vehicle of the same name from 2001) is a good old-fashioned horror yarn for youngsters. No gore, no nudity, just good scares! A grumpy teenager and his little brother move with their single mother to a small town. They soon befriend the beautiful girl next door and they happen across a giant, ominous hole in their basement. The hole is seemingly infinite as the boys conduct a series of experiments including lowering a night-vision camcorder down and throwing a handful of nails in (to tremendous 3D effect, as you can imagine). What they don't discover over the course of these experiments is that the hole, once opened, lets loose your greatest fear which then proceeds to stalk you. A simple setup, but it is used very well, not only for thrills but as a sometimes thought-provoking look at the fears that you don't realise you have.

The very obvious but extremely effective "evil clown doll" is great for scares and a hammy throwback to old-school horror of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. The other "fears" are somewhat more cerebral and as the film progresses, some of the fun tends to get lost in the family issues storyline. However, it is a well-written piece and the script reveals drips of information at a suitably subtle pace. The young cast do very well in roles that should have been very annoying and there is an element of class to proceedings overall. While this is certainly not by any means an important or a very original film, it is great to see films aimed at kids that refuses to condescend to them. The Hole plays it for scares, and isn't afraid to do just that. Children will be terrified and delighted in equal measure. The 80's gave us kids' adventures that dripped with real danger like The Goonies or Labyrinth, and of course Joe Dante's Gremlins movies. These films were quite nasty, and unlike most of the saccharine rubbish kids are dealt these days, they are quite menacing. The Hole is a worthy successor to these films and isn't afraid to push your nerves just that little bit further than you might expect.

From the poster and trailer I expected a tween adventure with a supernatural twist akin to Are You Afraid of the Dark or Goosebumps? To my delight, this was far more enjoyable than just a silly kids' film. It is certainly directed towards young teenagers but the great thing about The Hole is that it is actually scary! This film is full of menace but keeps the tone light enough to maintain the element of fun. Dante keeps you on the edge of your seat with constantly mounting tension and silly jumps that make the audience giggle as much as scream. This is as fun as horror gets and for once the gimmick of 3D is used as just that... a gimmick.

Certainly not high-brow but lots of fun and scarier than you might expect!