The Hole (2009) is an adventure horror fantasy thriller movie that was more than I expected it to be. I would recommend this movie to horror fans to watch to watch with their family. I personally enjoyed watching this movie over and over again with my 12 and 9 year old sons. Director Joe Dante (Small Soldiers, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace) did an awesome job executing writer Mark L. Smith‘s (Vacancy 2: The First Cut, Vacancy, Séance) screenplay. The Hole contains some scary scenes - clown attacks boy (Lucas), girl falling to her death from a roller coaster, a little boy (Lucas) almost drowned and comes out of the water with a handprint on his leg and we also see a man’s skull cracked open, and you can see a little of his brain. There is mild bad language that I considered not too bad for kids because they hear worse than that in school - di*k head, Son of a bit*h and sh*t. It is a pleasant scary movie that has elements that work for all ages and the acting was nothing to complain about.
The movie is about a young single mother Susan (Teri Polo - Meet the Parents (2000), Meet the Fockers (2004), Beyond Borders (2003)) who moves her two sons from Brooklyn to the countryside of Bensonville. Her son Dane (Chris Massoglia - Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009), A Plumm Summer (2007), The Hole: Family Matters (2010)) is very upset. He is upset because they have to move constantly to many different cities, and they do not have one permanent address. Lucas (Nathan Gamble - The Dark Knight (2008), The Mist (2007), Dolphin Tale (2011)) does not mind moving too much and made friends with his beautiful neighbor Julie (Haley Bennett - The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008), Music and Lyrics (2007), Marley & Me (2008)) who lives next door.
Dane and Lucas found a door in the basement floor that is locked with several padlocks. The boys opened the locks and found a black bottomless hole in the basement of their house. They are soon haunted by their darkest fears and believe that the hole is a gateway to hell. So each person is haunted by what they fear most. Lucas is six years old and is terrified of clown dolls. Julie and Dane have personal fears that they keep to themselves but will be revealed because everyone has to face their fear. They found out who the hole’s previous owner is and visits Creepy Carl (Bruce Dern - Django Unchained (2012), Monster (2003), The ‘Burbs (1989)) to find out more information about the hole and how to destroy it. The three kids have to figure out what the hole is and tries to ignore the strange stuff happening once they have opened it. They decided that they had to confront their fears and fight their fears to overcome it (the hole).
Watch the movie with your kids and you will not be disappointed unless your kids love real nightmarish horror movies that even some adults cannot handle.
About The Hole 2009
Starring: Dick Miller, John DeSantis, Peter Shinkoda, Bruce Dern, Mark Pawson, Ali Cobrin, Merritt Patterson, Chelsea Ricketts, Wade Williams, Nathan Gamble, Haley Bennett, Michael Ark, Quinn Lord, Chris Massoglia, Teri Polo, Jonathan Bruce, Chord Overstreet, Mary Mouser, Dylan Garrett, Billy Hendrickson, Paul Hooson, Jessica Just, Stephanie Wilcox, Douglas Chapman
Director: Joe Dante