Rent The Hole (2009)

3.1 of 5 from 122 ratings
1h 26min
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Synopsis:
From director Joe Dante comes a family-friendly adventure that explores the fears and secrets buried in the mind of kids. After moving into a new neighbourhood, brothers Dane (Chris Massoglia) and Lucas (Nathan Gamble) and their neighbour Julie (Haley Bennett) discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their home. They find that once the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed. With strange shadows lurking around every corner and nightmares coming to life, they are forced to come face to face with their darkest fears to put an end to the mystery of The Hole.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Lancaster, Michel Litvak, Vicki Sotheran
Voiced By:
Wade Williams, Mary Mouser
Writers:
Mark L. Smith
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/01/2011
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making-of The hole
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Behind the scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/01/2011
Run Time:
86 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making-of The hole
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Behind the scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/06/2011
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Making of 'The Hole'
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Behind the Scenes

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Reviews (1) of The Hole

"You've got a gateway to hell under your house, and that is really cool..." - The Hole review by dtower

Spoiler Alert
16/06/2019

Any film by Joe Dante is a cause for celebration, as far as I'm concerned. Gremlins, The Burbs, Small Soldiers are classics! This film seemed to pass me by when it was released a few years ago, but I finally got round to watching it and I loved it! Feels like a throwback to the 80s films where kids fought against evils that adults couldn't fathom. Reminded me of The Gate as well as The Monster Squad and a little of The Goonies. 

Two kids find a hole in their basement and, along with their next door neighbour, begin unearthing its secrets. That's the simple description, but a fair amount of the film is spent engaging with the characters, caring for them. You can feel the eeriness creeping into the edges towards characters you care about and who care about each other. It's a slow burn until a scene in a pool when one of the kids is pulled underwater, and it shocks you into realising the stakes. They realise how dangerous this is, and so does the audience. After that it goes into overdrive, and the kids have to use all their guile to keep hell contained to their basement. 

I loved it and would have no qualms about watching it again. A very refreshing horror film, something for the kids but also for the adults, who used to be kids when these types of films were commonplace.  

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