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Spiderhole

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Molly, a vivacious young artist and her three friends embark upon a mission to find an empty house in London where they can live as squatters, free from rent and free to party. After finding what seems like the ideal place, they turn the house into their home. But darkness pervades their new dwelling, and a malevolent force soon sets to work ridding the house of its unwanted residents. Spiderhole presents a nightmare world that traps the viewer and protagonists alike in a terrifying and unforgiving new reality.

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  • Actors: Amy Noble, Emma Griffiths Malin
  • Directors: Daniel Simpson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005Y1B3GK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Compay on January 15, 2012
Format: DVD
Spiderhole had the potential of being a memorable horror flick, but is weighed down by recycled story ideas. Four young London artists decide to squat in an abandoned home, where they ultimately find themselves trapped and at the mercy of a mysterious figure.

The only redeeming aspect of Spiderhole are the visuals. The house is certainly creepy and foreboding, and the color correction of the movie is spot-on. Beyond that, the film itself just isn't that interesting. Spiderhole cobbles together ideas from horror movies such as Hostel and Shadow, with a musical score that's noticeably patterned after the closing music from Saw.

From the start, the film seems to go in a supernatural route, but eventually shifts to a slasher flick. Gore lovers will be disappointed, as moments of torture occur largely off-camera. It would seem that if you're trying to appeal to Hostel fans, the last thing that you should do is tone it down. When one of the squatters has his eyeball removed, the scene comes off like a botched Penn & Teller illusion. It's moments like that which suggest the director skipped out on the gore in Spiderhole simply due to a low budget.

The worst thing about Spiderhole is the wasted opportunity for a chilling backstory. Only in the second half of the film are you offered glimpses of what fuels the mind of the movie's antagonist, but it's far from enough to satisfy the audience. The conclusion offers about as close to a "twist" as it can, but even that is too weak to validate the movie as a quality horror flick.

There's a semi-sex scene (no nudity), an abundance of whimpering, and a tedious plot that will have you occasionally glancing at the time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Multop on January 24, 2012
Format: DVD
I'd give this review 2 stars for the set but I don't want to mislead anyone. This is a dumb and baffling movie.
I watched it on netflix where it's tagged as supernatural but it isn't at all. It's some old guy in a mask.

Four art students decide to squat in a supposedly abandoned house and end up trapped inside when the doors and windows are welded shut while they sleep. They then proceed to utterly fail to pull it together long enough to think or act in a coherent manner which is great for the director as that would have ended things much quicker. They cry, whimper, moan, shudder, shake, scream, sob, manage to trip over their own feet, and do that dumb horror movie thing where they knock down the bad guy but for some reason don't finish him off or tie him up. Then you get a scene with the protagonist running around like a chicken with their head cut off, trying to find the right key to get out, while you're sitting there slapping your forehead.

In the last ten minutes it attempts to throw a minuscule amount of back-story at us, like that's going to excuse the lack of a real plot during the rest of it and the ending is just a giant "huh?" with only a slight connection to random background noise from the beginning.

The main problem with the movie, other than it's frustratingly shivering mess of characters, is that it's not scary. The house is atmospheric but it's not spooky. All the cliche elements for a good horror movie were there but for some reason they didn't add up to anything even remotely frightening. Everything was just a little too bland and badly paced. If you watch it with the subtitles on it even becomes kind of funny.

I would recommend The Legend of Hell House, Dead End, Session 9, Infection, or Fragile for more supernatural movies. If you want supernatural gore try Dead Snow. This doesn't work as supernatural, gore, or suspense. It's just silly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
Format: DVD
Alas, critics have already laid claim to some of the best lines describing this film, such as "hole-y crap" and the very true statement that all you'll find at this bottom of this hole is "a truly beaten dead horse." Most of the pieces of a decent horror film are actually present here, but writer/director Daniel Simpson proves to be something far less than a master craftsman. I'm surprised some of the actors didn't trip over some of the many clichés that litter this cinematic landscape. What little suspense is built up early on is thoroughly wasted the moment we find out what is truly going on (hint: it's exceedingly unoriginal). And you can forget all about holding out hope for gore to emerge as this film's saving grace, as the director wimps out big-time in that department. Spiderhole is basically a paint-by-numbers horror film, which makes for a bland viewing experience devoid of scary or squeamish moments. Sad, really.

So you have these four art students who go out and find a big, abandoned house to squat in and call their own - not the most sympathetic of characters right from the start. If they're homeless, it seems to be by choice; they really just want to screw and around and party on their own without paying rent. Anyway, they break into this large and seemingly long-abandoned house and make it their own - without even having a look at most of the rooms. The two girls are a little upset when they find a cache of really bloody clothes stashed in a cabinet, but the gang soon decides to sleep on the decision of whether or not to leave. When they awaken the next morning, though, they find that the decision has already been made for them. Finding themselves locked in, they run around for a few panicked minutes, then basically just give up hope.
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