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This review is from: Hole (DVD)
The Hole(released Sept/09)stars,among others,Haley Bennett as Julie Campbell,Chris Massoglia as Dane Thompson,Bruce Dern as Creepy Carl,Teri Polo as Susan Thompson,and Nathan Gamble as Lucas Thompson.You've heard of diet Pepsi?Well this is diet horror.A pretty lame and failed attempt at creating a scary movie.It had a low budget,but budgets have never meant bad because they are low.It is always the creative team behind its making that is responsible for the end product,and if it works it works,if it doesn't,then you get something like this.
Two brothers and their mother move into a new neighbourhood.The older brother catches a look at the girl next door and the two will eventually get cozy.In the meantime however while rummaging through the basement they discover a wooden door on the floor,secured with six different locks.Their curiosity gets the best of them and they find an old paint can containing the keys for each lock.They open it and inky blackness stares back at them.They throw down various objects but none seem to reach bottom.They soon return upstairs and continue their lives.However something(s)have been released.The first is a clown doll that suddenly appears on the bed of the little brother and disappears.
As the older one gets to know the girl next door better,they invite her down and she witnesses the hole for herself.In a restaurant washroom the next day the lights suddenly go out and a young girl with one shoe saunters towards her from a stall.Then the lights come on and some friends walk in.The little girl having of course disappeared.The next day the little girl comes into the brothers house while all three are there.They ultimately watch as she returns to the hole and disappears into its blackness.
The group decide to go visit the previous owner of the house Creepy Carl.He resides in an old abandoned theme park.He lives in one of the buildings underground fixing lights.When he learns of them opening the door he freaks.He shouts of death and destruction and they of course high tail it out.Things start getting more intense as the clown doll actually attacks the younger brother.Then a policeman comes by looking for one of two girls in a picture he hands the younger brother.The little girl he seeks is the girl who has been following the older brothers g/f.When he turns around the back of his head is exposing his brain.He too wanders down stairs and disappears into the hole.
The older brother somewhere along the line decides each of these manifestations so far has to do with one's fears coming to life.His younger brothers fear of clowns,his g/f's young girl apparition,it turns out,is an old friend that got killed on a roller coaster ride that was stuck.The g/f was too scared to help and the young girl fell to her death.The older brother says he fears nothing but along comes an apparition of his father who served time in prison.He takes the younger brother down the hole and the older one goes after the both of them.Holding onto a rope he lands into a surreal landscape.He spies his brother and both end up hiding in what would have been the same closet he used to hide in when his father went on tears in his childhood.He finally stands up to his father,saves his little brother and returns to the basement.
The film ends as their mother comes downstairs and asks what it is they're doing.All three finally reveal the hole to her.She lifts up the lid and all there is now are exposed pipes.The curse is lifted.
I found lead Massoglia's acting,left a LOT to be desired.He should have been stronger;better emoting and vocalization.He is still young,so he has lots of time to hone his acting chops as the years go by.The rest of the cast I had no problems with.It was nice to see screen vet Dern as Crazy Carl.
We had seen the clown doll move by suggestion.That is you would see the clown on the bed one moment,and the next it would be gone.But when the clown actually started to talk and move in front of our eyes,well I'm sorry it just wasn't believable enough.Chucky this thing wasn't,and HE was believable.The directing here was pedestrian and the script lame stuff we've seen a hundred times over and done better elsewhere.More than 3/4 the way through this movie,the older brother finally decides that it is their fears coming to life.I just cannot figure out what the catalyst was for him finally deciding,after all that had gone on previous,at that moment,that this was the answer.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 1:85:1 and is clear and crisp.Extras include stills and three featurettes.
All in all a disappointing and lame attempt at a horror movie.Its low budget shows,unfortunately.They seemingly spent most of their dough on getting Bruce Dern on board,and had little left over for anything else.