The Hole
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No one understands that giddy rush of sugar buzz cinema better than director Joe Dante."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain't."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Sadly, the picture is just too mild for its own good."
‑ Jeremy Wheeler, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Entertaining, with a welcome sense of mischief, The Hole plays to Dante's strengths, returning him to a suburban battleground where young characters face off against an unstoppable, often knee-high malevolent force."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"If you enjoyed recent scary-but-kid-safe thrillers like Don't Be Afraid of the Dark or Super 8 - albeit toned down for pre-teens - then The Hole is definitely worth a peek."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"All the elements are here, they just don't add up to a satisfying whole."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The Hole doesn't have the frantic wit of Dante's Gremlins 2 or the political import of his Small Soldiers, but it has something just as satisfying: a thorough understanding of the psychological underpinnings of the genre."
‑ Dave Kehr, Film Comment Magazine
"Curb your expectations and know you're going into a film about how curious children overcome their fears, not how malevolent darkness torments a group of unsuspecting "victims.""
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"Catch THE HOLE in 3-D if you can, but watch it with your kids during this approaching Halloween. You might remember a time when horror was fun and creepy and less violent and exploitative."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
"A fun kids horror film that may be a minor work for Dante, but still very satisfying."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"It's good to welcome back one of the undisputed masters of modern genre cinema -- and adventurous kids will love it."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"On the surface, Dante's movies are juvenile horrors with some movie-savvy comedy thrown in, but underneath they're among the most subversive entertainments being made today. Hopefully future generations will discover this silly, smart gem."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A refreshing example of how to make a film for a specific demographic the right way. ... Smart, scary and fun as hell."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"Now that it's finally here, it proves a sight better than its direct-to-video credentials suggest."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"Will be instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up watching movies in the 1980s!"
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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