The Hole

2012

The Hole

Critics Consensus

A welcome throwback to the suburban teen thrillers of the 1980s, The Hole is a scary, enjoyable return to form for director Joe Dante.

81%

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Total Count: 36

46%

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User Ratings: 14,720
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From legendary director Joe Dante comes a 3D thriller that explores the fears and secrets buried deep within the human mind. Life couldn't possibly get worse, or so thought 14 year old Dane and his 10 year old brother Lucas, when their single mother Susan uproots them from New York City to the sleepy little town of Bensonville. For Dane the only exciting thing about their new town is the beautiful girl next door, Julie. With Susan spending more and more time at work, Dane and Lucas are left unattended to explore the depths of their eerie new residence. But then everything changes when they find a sinister black hole under a locked trap door in the basement. Hoping for some answers about the house's past, Dane and Lucas bring Julie in on their new discovery. When the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed. With strange shadows lurking around every corner and past nightmares coming to life, the trio will have to come face to face with their darkest fears to put an end to The Hole. -- (C) Official Site

Cast

Chris Massoglia
as Dane Thompson
Haley Bennett
as Julie Campbell
Nathan Gamble
as Lucas Thompson
Teri Polo
as Susan Thompson
Bruce Dern
as Creepy Carl
Dick Miller
as Pizza Guy
John De Santis
as Monster Dad
Peter Shinkoda
as Young Cop
Doug Chapman
as Normal Dad
Ali Cobrin
as Julie's Female Friend #1
Chelsea Ricketts
as Julie's Female Friend #2
Chord Overstreet
as Julie's Male Friend #1
Wade Williams
as Monster Dad Voice
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Critic Reviews for The Hole

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (7)

  • No one understands that giddy rush of sugar buzz cinema better than director Joe Dante.

    Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • All the elements are here, they just don't add up to a satisfying whole.

    Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The return of director Joe Dante would be more welcome if his children's horror-thriller weren't so tepid.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's the kind of knockabout, kid's-eye-view comedy-horror that hasn't been made for a while, with some nasty, frightening touches, but expertly encased in a distinctive family-movie aesthetic.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An excellent family adventure with its heart in the '80s and its head very much in the now.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's good to welcome back one of the undisputed masters of modern genre cinema -- and adventurous kids will love it.

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hole

  • Jun 03, 2016
    Family friendly horror has its place, and you could definitely do worse than "The Hole" if that's what you're after.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2014
    deserved a solid release and is one of those darker films that Gremlins was in the 80s. missed the market and that's the shame here
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2013
    A horror movie for children that hasn't been toned down at all. Creepy stuff!
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2013
    This isn't so much a horror movie as much as it is a movie about overcoming your fears. Yea, the framing of the story is certainly horror, but it isn't really as much a horror movie and more of a Disney TV movie attempt at one. And yes, I understand that this movie is meant to appeal to a much younger demographic than your usual horror film, but that should be no excuse to give this film a free pass from criticism. The main problem is that, since the framing of the story is horror and rather than a dramatic film about overcoming your fears, there's no real sense of dread or terror to anything that is going on here, there's no real impact or weight to what's going on. So it makes watching these kids being scared at stuff that isn't even effectively being sold as such cringe-worthy. Horror movie intended for kids or not, there are ways where you can make even the simplest, most kid-friendly stuff scary. There is some of that with the little jester doll, but I think it ends up coming across as really goofy in the end. Realistically, this movie will only terrify those that are from ages 3-12. To be fair, this film does harken back to a time when families could sit down and watch horror movies and there was a little something for everybody. This movie is not that though. Sure, you can sit down with your kids and watch it without a problem. Is it a movie adults enjoy? Unlikely, because its only concern is making sure kids can watch it while not even taking adults into the equation. I think that's part of the problem with MANY family films. They're concerned with making sure kids enjoy it but forgetting that adult are the ones that have to take the kids to watch these shitty movies. Pixar and the Muppets are the master at combining both worlds into an entertaining package. The movies are silly enough for kids to enjoy, but clever enough that adults can have a great time too. It is unlikely an adult would enjoy this movie, but not impossible as evidenced by the countless positive reviews this film got here. I don't have problems with those reviews. I'm sure they're well-informed and well thought out. I just thought this movie lacked something that's very important in horror films, and that's that sense of dread that something terrible is about to happen. This movie doesn't have that. A movie doesn't even need to be scary to have that sense of dread. I didn't think this one had THAT either. Not to mention the fact that the climax of the film, which is probably the most inventive aspect of the film as far as set design, is goofy as hell. That's due in part to the horrible dialogue and Chris Massoglia, literally, having the charisma of a black hole. I'm sorry, I'm sure Chris is nice and all, but he is a terrible actor. The climax sees him finally overcoming his fear, so this is this character's biggest moment emotionally, he's finally overcoming his fear of his abusive father and THAT'S what we got from him? Granted it was awfully scripted, but he had no passion, he had no presence, he had absolutely nothing to offer. While I would never say I'm glad he's not acting anymore, I cannot say that I miss seeing him in movie because he was horrendous and this film confirms it even more than the Vampire's Assistant did. As you can see I didn't like this movie at all, I mean it has its funny moments but the horror is severely lacking. It doesn't even have a campy charm that would've kept it entertaining even if it was no good. There's not even that. No, there's none of that. Instead this is just a bad attempt at a kids' horror movie. No, it's not a horror movie that the entire family can watch and enjoy. It's a horror movie made strictly for kids. And a bad one at that.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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