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The Hole (2009) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 8

If you’re a hardcore horror fan, The Hole isn’t going to do it for you. It’s definitely aimed at a younger/more casual demographic. It’s by no means a bad movie, but it’s full of predictable jump scares and dodgy special effects.

The story focuses on two brothers, Dane (Chris Massoglia) and Lucas (Nathan Gamble), who have just moved into a new home. They discover a weird, padlocked trap door in their basement, so OF COURSE they open it. They, along with their hot neighbor Julie (Haley Bennett), discover that this hole is bottomless. It also happens to conjure your worst fears and make them corporeal. Real smart move, guys.

The acting is decent, but nothing to write home about. There were definitely some lines of dialogue that had me shaking my head at their cheesiness, but overall it’s a pretty original story.

The Hole isn’t for massive horror fans, but if you’re looking to dip a toe into the genre or have older kids who are interested in horror films, it’s a good stepping stone. The film gave me Poltergeist and Goosebumps vibes, and the story is original. What brings it down is the lack of true scares and the special effects.

Verdict: 3/5

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