The Hole [Blu-ray / DVD Combo]
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'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!
"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.
"The Hole" is about a family who move into a new house in a nice suburban neighborhood. Single mother and two sons. As the kids adjust to their new surroundings, and oldest brother Dane keeps his eye on the cute girl next door, they discover a weird hole that seemingly goes nowhere in their basement. As soon as they open it, weird things begin to happen. The hole reads them and soon these three's deepest fears begin to come to life and they must figure out a way to stop it once and for all.
It's been way too long since Joe Dante has blessed us with a movie. While "The Hole" may not win any major awards, it is a thoroughly entertaining and interesting film that finds Dante in familiar territory. In the 80s, Dante and other filmmakers were terrific at bringing scares and spooks to family friendly kid entertainment that everyone of all ages could enjoy. That's what we get here. "The Hole" is old school scares wrapped up in a new movie. It may not be crazily original, but it works, and with Dante's knowing eye behind the camera, you can't take your eyes off it. It's mostly a light affair, but it does have some striking images and scenes peppered thoughtout, but it does take somewhat of a dark turn towards the end when Dane's fear is realized. The cast is adequate, if nothing spectacular. Dante regulars Dick Miller (in a no dialogue cameo) and Bruce Dern also appear. What, no Robert Picardo? Teri Polo, as the mother, is mostly wasted in the typical working mom role who doesn't know what's going on.Read more ›
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Currently on Netflix 3d streaming in the USA. Not available on disc for region A blu rays.Published 16 days ago by R. Brewer
This movie wasn't given a good review, but it's actually a great mystery flick. A must see movie that keeps you wondering what will come next? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bravo Knight Mom
Has stolen formulas from other movies. Kid film at most.
I like it. It is watchable. Not really scary. Read more
A good movie. Suitable for adults and children. For the grown up horror novel version, read Kathe Koja's The Cipher (working title was The Funhole), the original novel that clearly... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Haxxan Dreams
I enjoyed the movie and it was well acted though towards the end it seemed to fall a little flat that's why I gave 4 starsPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great movie. Not the most terrifying movie ever, but a genuine movie with a genuine message supported by genuine characters.Published 11 months ago by Anonymous
Okay, I know it's a PG13 movie, but it's better'n any of those R-rated
Stephen King films... well, except TWO of 'em. Read more
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