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Hole (2012)

Chris Massoglia , Nathan Gamble , Joe Dante  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Massoglia, Nathan Gamble
  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Big Air
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LFYXDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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: From visionary director Joe Dante comes a suspense thriller that explores the fears and secrets buried deep in the human mind. Life couldn't possibly get worse, or so thought 17 year old Dane (Chris Massoglia) and his 10 year old brother Lucas (Nathan Gamble), when their single mother Susan (Teri Polo) uproots them from New York City to the sleepy little town of Bensonville. For Dane the only exciting thing about their new town is the beautiful girl next door, Julie (Haley Bennett). With Susan spending more and more time at work, Dane and Lucas are left unattended to explore the depths of their eerie new residence. With Dane paying more attention to Julie, he has far less time and patience for his little brother. But then everything changes when they find a sinister bottomless hole under a locked trap door in the basement. As the brothers experiment with the hole they realize that the cold pit goes on forever. They drop a nail and never hear it hit bottom. They lower a flashlight and a video camera and they get consumed by the darkness. Hoping for some answers about the house's past, Dane and Lucas bring Julie in on their new discovery. When the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed. With strange shadows lurking around every corner and past nightmares coming to life, the trio will have to come face to face their darkest fears to put an end to THE HOLE.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why no 3D? September 24, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
First off I must say that I loved this movie. I am a big fan of Joe Dante's work and it was great seeing him back behind the camera where he belongs. This is a great film for the family who likes to watch scary movies together. All of the young actors did a great job in their roles. I was so happy to see Dick Miller's cameo. It's not a Joe Dante movie with out Mr. Miller! My only problem with this blu ray is that they have decided not to release it in it's original 3D version. I have the blu ray from England and I have to say that the 3D is really used well in this film. Joe Dante has a great eye for visuals and seeing it in 3D the way he intended makes them all the better. Still, even in 2D this is a great movie and I recommend picking it up. If you can get a hold of the 3D version and have the equipment to view it it's worth looking for.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WATCH OUT FOR THAT HOLE October 10, 2012
Format:DVD
THE HOLE is one of those "kid-friendly" horror films that's light on gore and other R-rated entrapments. Helmed by Joe Dante (GREMLINS), the story focuses on two brothers who discover a strange ominous hole in the basement of their new house. We soon learn there are nasty beings dwelling in the hole...can't tell you more to avoid spoilers.
The movie looks like it was a 3-D flick, but my copy isn't officially 3-D.
The acting is average, with Chris Massoglia and Nathan Gamble as the brothers, Hayley Bennett, cute neighbor....Bruce Dern is the town looney and Teri Polo once again plays the harried single mom.
THE HOLE would make a good rental for a kids Halloween party but adults may find it a little lame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Dante Delivers! December 4, 2012
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NICE to see Dante back in the groove again, this picture deserves a much wider audience. It's simply a rock solid preteen scare flick with great humor, design, and efficiency. Would have loved to see it in 3D, but even flat it is a terrific treat. If you like Saw, avoid. If you like Explorers, come on in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror For the (W)Hole Family! October 29, 2012
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Joe Dante has always had a touch with horror, making it funny as well as scary, and he has always had a way with young people in his movies as well, treating them as adults instead of idiots. Both of the director's skills are on ample display in a horror movie that is aimed at the 8 to 16 year old set. The movie itself remains intelligent and even challenging while being age appropriate. That, my friends, is a rarity today.

'The Hole' is as much about a dysfunctional family struggling through hard times and facing new challenges as it is about horror. Gore hounds will be disappointed with the plot, but there is plenty of creepiness, suspense, and shocks to satisfy all but the most jaded. Special notice must be given to Bruce Dern's cameo in the movie, which absolutely warmed my heart.

So if you are in the market for a decent scary movie that isn't rated R, 'The Hole' is perfect. The acting, especially by the three young leads, is excellent, and the plot builds up a credible threatening situation with an extremely satisfying conclusion that may actually teach a lesson. Talk about a throwback to a different era!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It's like a much improved upon 80's/90's thriller. I was surprised its rated PG-13 since it is a lot scarier then today's r rated thriller/horrors. Instead of focusing on random nude scenes that distract from how terrible the movie is, like most of today's horror films, they decided to focus on the actual story. I really enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film February 12, 2013
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This was a wonderful film. I first saw it on Netflix on New Year's Day. I liked it enough to get the Blu-ray of it. It's basically a teenager type movie. I was expecting the older boy to act more maturely in trying to get his girl, but he didn't seem to care. So that was unexpected. A good treatise on overcoming our fears, however. It is almost packaged as a horror flick, but SPOILER ALERT: when my wife saw the clown attacking the younger boy, instead of being frightened, as she usually is with horror, she burst out laughing and could not stop. The demise of the clown was especially funny. Anyway, a very good job to the actors and a very good film. Happy watching!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story February 5, 2013
Format:DVD
I grabbed this film to watch because of Joe Dante's past directions (which I've enjoyed his "Gremlins," "Explorers," "Innerspace," and "The 'Burbs"). I used to watch most of the horror movies in the 80s and "The Hole" is very cliché and an old-school scare for today's standard.

"The Hole" is a story about a single mother with her two sons moving into a new house, and the older son meets a next-door girl. All three have discovered a closed hole in the basement to which they have naïvely opened. Nothing was seen and a "bottomless" pit is all that they could discover. Then, soon and slowly, things started to happen to each of the trio.

From a psychological perspective, I thought this film is pretty good with an idea of opening a "hole" (or a door), one must face their worst fears and victories would be achieved when their fears are defeated. If not, death would ensure their fate.

Personally, it's a pretty good story yet cliché. I would think that Teri Polo would have a better developed role than a naïve mother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I had little expectation for this movie but found excellent acting, appealing characters and tight directing.
Also, good sets and film quality shame some larger budget fare.
Real chemistry between the brothers and the girl next door and all three characters provide surprising dimension
in a 92 minute movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
A surprisingly good claustrophobia tale about madness, murder and the psychotic mind. Unfortunately it seemed to drag on and on, but it's certainly worth the cost of a rental. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Calamity Jane
2.0 out of 5 stars left me wanting more
It could have been alot scareer , it was as if you knew what was going to happen next drawn out'''
Published 7 months ago by Anthony
4.0 out of 5 stars CREEPY CLOWN ALERT!!!
"The Hole" is a psychic horror movie where the dark trap door in the basement of the house peers back into your soul when you peer into it and it sees and plays on your... Read more
Published 7 months ago by THowerton
2.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
Not a bad movie just not what I expected I thought it would be scarier with more action and better fx
Published 8 months ago by Michael struth
4.0 out of 5 stars a good real 3d film for all ages.
this is for younger viewers , so it's very preteen friendly. I enjoyed this and it was shot in native 3d. Which makes a huge difference as far as 3d goes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Dobey
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN FLICK FROM DANTE AND SMITH
THE HOLE

I am sure we all remember the good old days of horror films where kid friendly ones were also very adult oriented as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by fmwaalex
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters
(possible spoiler ahead)
The film was not necessarily believable, but I thought it made a great science fiction/ horror film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Renfield8
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly creepy
The Hole is obviously aimed at the tween/teen audience but still delivers some creepy moments for adults. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ZombiePanda
5.0 out of 5 stars awesomeperson21
this movie is a freeky, entertaining, funny at times, it migjt scare some poople if you are easily frightened. But it is awesome
Published 12 months ago by person
4.0 out of 5 stars better than I thought it would be
Fun movie to watch and it keep you interested. Not a bad horror film had some jumping moments. The best part no one got killed and was not a slasher movie.
Published 12 months ago by KENNETH LEGROW
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