The Hole (2010) Movie Review

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Joe Dante (Director) is back with a bang. After a long exile from the movie world, he comes back with what he does best; bring a bit of a thrill to the young audiences. Best remembered for his Gremlin movies, which went onto become a huge commercial success for its time as well as becoming a cult classic.

Like Gremlins, The Hole in 3D targets a specific audience, mainly the teens to younger adults but that’s not to say it can’t be entertaining to us older crowds too.

Actors/ Characters

The two central actors are Chris Massoglia (Dane) last seen in Cirque De Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and Nathan Gamble (Lucas) who was seen in Marley & Me and The Dark Knight. They are supported in their roles by Haley Bennett (Julie) also from Marley & Me, and Teri Polo (Susan) famed for her roles in Meet The Parents/ Fockers.


Susan and her 2 children, Dane and Lucas, move to a new town for a fresh start. Dane, 17, is not happy that he has to relocate and move away from his friends while Lucas, 10, warms to the idea. Dane feels slightly better after he eyes his new neighbour, the pretty Julie.

As they settle into their new house, Dane and Lucas discover a trapdoor in the basement. They try to forcefully open it, unsuccessfully, until they find a batch of keys and unlock the door.

They find a hole, a never ending hole as it seems, as they throw various things inside in the hope of finding out how deep it is and they find that it is bottomless. Julie who has come to the basement also discovers the hole.

It seems they have opened the gateway to hell.

In a bid to find out more about their new-found hole in the basement: Dane, Lucas and Julie are about to face their worst nightmares and if they’re to come out of this predicament alive they’re going to have to face what they dread the most.


Considering this has been rated PG-13, it is a lot creepier than the rating suggests. The first 2/3’s of the film did have me on edge as the final third of the movie kind of mellowed out in the end. It does build up a tension as you find out more and more about the hole. As for the 3D aspect, I don’t like to talk about it much as I believe you don’t really see the full benefits in action or live movies and are better suited to animations.

The movie is definitely worth a watch; however, although it is a PG-13, I don’t really advise the younger kids watching this.

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