31 Days of Halloween: The Hole

31 Days of Halloween: The Hole

31 Days of Halloween

The Hole (2009)

Directed by: Joe Dante
Written by: Mark L. Smith
Starring: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett and Nathan Gamble

Joe Dante’s been long overdue for a Horror film. While THE HOLE isn’t straight up terrifying and gory, it’s a welcomed scary movie aimed at giving kids a dose of Horror.

Unfortunately, THE HOLE hasn’t seen a U.S. release yet. The main issue being that it was shot in 3D and I believe the distributer is having a hell of a time booking 3D showings. (Pure speculation) It’s a shame, because how many Horror films can be considered “Family Friendly?” THE HOLE is a fine excursion into horror, with child protagonists battling unimaginable evil while the parents remain clueless. It’s a fun genre escape and well done. What I love is, it’s not gimmicky or counting on nostalgia to pull viewers along. THE HOLE is a well written, self contained story that both kids and adults can relate to.

I’m not as blown away as I wanted to be with Joe Dante’s return to horror, but I’m pretty damn impressed.

It’s a shame THE HOLE doesn’t have US distribution, though. So you can’t rent it. I bought the Region A Korean Blu Ray release, but I’m sure there are cheaper ways to see this…

Plot ★★★½☆ || Scares ★★★½☆ || Entertainment ★★★★☆

Overall Rating Overall Rating: ★★★½☆