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The Hole (2009/2012)
Opened: 09/28/2012 Limited
|Downtown Indep...||09/28/2012 - 10/11/2012||14 days|
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Rated: PG-13 for for frightening images, violence and some language.
From the Director of GREMLINS and SMALL SOLDIERS. IT KNOWS YOUR DEEPEST FEARS.
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. With Dane paying more attention to Julie, he has far less time and patience for his little brother. But then everything changes when they find a sinister black hole under a locked trap door in the basement. As the brothers experiment with the hole they realize that the cold pit goes on forever. Then drop a penny and never hear it hit bottom. They lower a flashlight and it gets consumed by the darkness. 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.
I grew up loving chillers and creature features, so along the way I've directed a number of horror projects as well as a few coming-of_age movies--GREMLINS has a elements of the latter, as didMATINEE, EXPLORERS and even the EERE INDIANA television series. But none have had quite the same of mix of jump-in-your-seats scares and human drama that writer Mark L. Smith's THE HOLE offered.
In THE HOLE, the young characters possess the kind of amusing bravado and banter that kids exhibit in real life. The idea is to get the viewer to identify with like-able, believable characters and worry about the fates, no matter now seemingly weird the situation. It's this aspect that led me to suggest shooting in 3-D, which is intended here to immerse the audience rather than startle them. Once the viewer is on board with the characters and their quest to learn the secret of THE HOLE, the rede becomes darker and more intense. The more bizarre twists are leavened with attitudinal humor from our leads, but the windup is honestly moving and, I think, dramatic in a manner wholly unexpected in this kind of genre film, especially one presented in 3-D .
-- Joe Dante, Director