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Thursday, October 14, 2010

[6.50/10] The Hole (2010)


The Hole (2010)

"Gremlins" director Joe Dante's latest horror flick "The Hole" revolves around 17 year old Dane and his 10 year old brother Lucas, who after moving into a new neighbourhood with their single mother Susan, along with their neighbor Julie, 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. While the story is far from original and the setup is pretty simple, film's well-written script, excellently subtle pacing and likable characters make it an enjoyable and fun, yet thrilling experience. "The Hole" completely lacks gore and graphic violence, but that's actually the best thing about it, as instead, it 'injects' a firm dose of suspense and fair amount of effective old-fashioned scares, that are mostly effective. The young cast deliver good and very credible performances. Special mention goes to Nathan Gamble as Lucas, who's naturalness in front of the camera is simply adorable. Chris Massoglia is a cute guy, bit here he seems a bit stiff and unsure in himself. Haley Bennett is not only drop dead gorgeous, but she also can act well. Teri Polo also gives a good performance as boys' attractive working mom, Susan. Visually, "The Hole" also deliver, using some good practical effects throughout and some impressive CGIs in its final part. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see the 3D version, so I can't comment on the 3D effects. Joe Dante did an amazing job with "Gremlins", one of my favorite flicks of the 80s, and he does a good job here with some competent camera work and direction, strongly influenced by some old horror/sc-fi classics. "The Hole" is far from amazing, but it's well-shot, fun to watch, slightly scary at times, and always engaging.

8 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Gremlins was a very entertaining flick. Dante does elaborate, almost cautiously, that a 3D remake or reboot of the horror comedy might still be likely.

Andrew Green said...

Damn, for a second I thought you were gonna say that the original Hole (English film starring Keira Knightley and Thora Birch) had been converted to 3D....

Arlee Bird said...

I haven't even heard of this movie, but that's probably not saying much either. It's good that there is no gore or grapic violence since it sounds like a youth oriented movie. And it's good to have more emphasis on story and character anyway.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Nebular said...

Gremlins is one of my all time favorites. I've seen it over 20 times, when I was a kid. Still in love with it now :) It's quite unique in my opinion. A 3D remake sounds like a great idea to me :)

Nebular said...

Andrew, hell no! :) I forgot to mention that this one has nothing to do with the 2001 movie.

Nebular said...

Arlee, I'm still shocked this one didn't get a US release date. Hopefully next year...
And, yes, fortunately it's a character-driven horror flick, that relies on good classic scares. :)

Kaijinu said...

hehe, I love this flick! it's ike a better made movie-version of Goosebumps!

Nebular said...

Kaijinu, one thing is for sure - Dante knows how to engage his audience. This was so much fun.