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.