Finally a Todd Akin Horror Film: Trailer for The Hole
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Finally a Todd Akin Horror Film: Trailer for The Hole

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 28, 2012 | Comments ()


I have long had nightmares of bottomless pits, of holes carved out of the ground and descending into an impenetrable darkness. Usually there are steps, worn slabs of stone that are too big for human legs. So, I am a prime candidate for liking The Hole, the next film by Joe Dante, director of Gremlins

I am torn though by the trailer:

See, it's got elements of power. The hole itself is fantastic, the bits and pieces of detail like dropping stuff in to see how deep it is and never hearing anything land. The mismatched stocking under the bathroom door, the insane clown.

And then there's the feeling that this is the worst kind of PG-13 irritation, with bad kid actors, and the terrible poor man's Doc Brown. It's got so many elements that I want to like, combined with so many elements that repel my interest, that I'm not sure where the film will really end up tonally.

And as always the obligatory plot summary that kills all interest in the film:

After moving in a new neighborhood, brothers Dane (Chris Massoglia) and Lucas (Nathan Gamble) and their neighbor Julie (Haley Bennett) discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their home. They find that once the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed. With strange shadows lurking around every corner and nightmares coming to life, they are forced to come face to face with their darkest fears to put an end to the mystery of THE HOLE.

Seriously, do they not have writers they can pay to make these things even the slightest bit compelling? I think studios need to start making it a condition of buying a script that the screenwriter has to write a solid plot summary. With the rise of cut n' paste journalism, that summary is going to get tossed on as many websites as the trailer, and it's just embarrassing the level of quality they let slide by on these things.

(source: Blastr)

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  • Bruce Dern is never a poor man's anyone. i saw this movie several years ago, so i am confused about a trailer post. it was pretty good, especially as a tween horror film.

  • BlackRabbit

    Hey, I liked The Gate. It's not that terrible. And people mostly laugh at the movie rating; I've seen kids in the audience for SAW films.

  • blacksred

    clown dolls are seven different kinds of evil. I have yet to see a happy good story involving those bastards!

  • gp

    i'm always one to put a little money on dante.

  • CardinalChunder

    Does anyone know what the actual problem was in getting a US release? Because this has been out over here for years. I've seen a lot of posts describing the delay, but can't find one that explains it. It did pretty well critically and was OK financially, so the usual suspect for a long delay is out.

    I'd like to blame the MPAA. Because it seems like at least part of the problem would be the targeted audience range (10-15) combined with the genre. Actual horror films for kids don't get made (for fiscal as much as as degree of difficulty reasons - that's a very limited audience for a film that's snagged a PG). I remember when the BBFC gave it a 12 certificate Mark Kermode saying:
    "Yeah, but it's a hard 12, and genuinely scary at times, so for the love of God don't take your 8 year old"

    I like to imagine that the 'self appointed moral guardians and studio money men' certification system you run over there read the word "Horror movie for older children" and just tilted their collective heads from side to side like confused dogs for a year before finally watching it and then trying to cut all the scary bits out of a horror film.

    Or I could be maligning them unfairly. Does anyone know? And has it been cut for this release?

  • Erin S

    Reminds me of an episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" which, as an adult looks stupid and silly, but as a kids scared the pants off of me.

  • Erin S


  • Pete

    That plot synopsis reminds me of The Gate, that 1987 movie starring a young Stephen Dorff and miniature demons, which I saw on a double date in high school.

    My friend and I left about 30 minutes in to get popcorn, were distracted by siren call of the Choplifter game in the lobby, and proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes rescuing hostages and blowing up 8-bit tanks. Surprisingly, by the time we got back to the theater, our dates were nowhere to be found.

    The Hole sounds about as engaging.

  • Guest

    The Gate is what came to my mind immediately, too. Guh.

    I'm with you, SLW, on the child/teen turn-off. I'm at the point where I can't even enjoy "good" YA (film or lit). There's an x-factor missing--something which the older children's classics retain but newer stuff has jettisoned. Sadly. And any horror film peopled with teens or college kids--seen from their POV--bores me to tears. I blame the onion on my belt and my pristine lawn.*

    *Actually my 'lawn' consists of wildflowers and weeds and a variety of wild grasses, as I live in the country and reject lawn culture utterly. But let the metaphor stand, because I'm too old to come up with something novel.

  • Jezzer

    The Gate wasn't bad, though. And it went to some pretty dark places for a movie centered around child actors. That scene where the eye appears in the palm of the boy's hand and he pokes it out has stuck with me for years.

  • JenVegas

    Did you just refer to Bruce Dern as "the poor man's Doc Brown?" Really. Come ooooonnnnn. This looks and sounds as good as, if not scarier than, Gremlins did when it was released. I feel like this is going right up there on the shelf with The Curse and The Gate as mediocre movies about teens fighting evil that I love. You can't expect too much from them but they certainly are fun on a rainy day or a Saturday night when there's nothing else on.

  • Renton

    Didn't this come out about two years ago (in the UK at least.) It's fairly entertaining, the last quarter being a pretty snazzy 3D surreal segment in the mould of 30's german expressionism. It was heavily marketed as "The Hole in 3D" over here.

  • Eva Halloween

    Yep, it was a 2009 release. I haven't seen it, but this version of the trailer has a very 80's movie feel to it.

    Not that that's a bad thing. :-)

  • Fabius_Maximus

    And here I thought Thora Birch and Keira Knightley would be in it.

  • anatomycoloringbook

    Ugh, that movie. I had a friend in college who reminded me of the Thora Birch character. She would totally let me puke to death while she shagged some guy.

  • emmelemm

    I saw that movie.

  • Anna von Beav

    Mmmmm Desmond Harrington

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Your headline is magnificent though.

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