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The Hole (2001)

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.

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Liz
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DCS Tom Howard
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Daisy
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Minnie (as Gemma Powell)
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Mrs. Dunn
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Gillian
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DI Chapman
Maria Pastel ...
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Celia Montague ...
Solicitor
Kevin Trainor ...
Boy in School
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Storyline

One misty morning, Liz Dunn stumbles down the road to her school and screams for help. A police psychologist gets her to reveal her story: A month earlier: three rebellious teenagers - Mike, Frankie and Geoff are trying to ditch the school field trip to Wales. The school nerd Martin helps them out by allowing them to stay in an old war bunker for the three days on the condition that his friend Liz joins them. The teens go down, party and have great fun but Martin doesn't return to let them out and they hope and pray that someone will find them... Written by RJDL

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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20 April 2001 (UK)  »

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Atrapados  »

Box Office

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£4,158,370 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£673,777 (UK) (22 April 2001)
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Trivia

Keira Knightley's first nude scene. See more »

Goofs

British schools have holidays, not "vacations" as in the USA. See more »

Quotes

Martyn: When you're convinced of your own absolute superiority, you don't need help from mere mortals like me. You can fuck things up all by yourself.
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Connections

Featured in Empire: The World's Best Movie Quiz (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Shave Your Head
Written by Rico Capuano
Published by Freefall Music
Performed by Rico
1999 Licensed courtesy of EMI/Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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Above Average Teen Thriller with Genuine Horror
11 August 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Hole begins slowly and very standardly, but unlike most genre films, it picks up pace after 40 minutes then accelerates towards a smashing ending. Well okay, the ending itself wasn't a great surprise, but I found it satisfying in a B-grade kind of way.

The premise of Hole is pretty mundane. The idea of a group of teenagers going into an old abandoned building or structure for a lark is a stock standard story opener for hundreds of B-grade horror flicks. But then Hole becomes interesting by the re-telling of events from different characters' individual points of view in a manner reminiscent of the 1950 British gem ‘The Woman in Question'. Just who is telling the truth?

The final third of Hole rockets along and the film becomes genuinely frightening. I was especially impressed with the way repercussion of actions and in-actions are graphically shown and not glossed over as so many genre films have a habit of doing.

Hole is not a great film. The acting from the five teenagers is a cut above average, but the direction is pretty heavy handed and not very imaginative. Overall I found Hole a nicely satisfying and genuinely frightening B-grade experience which proves the old adage that says the worst monsters are human beings. It also shows that modern thriller/horror genre films doesn't always have to rely on lashings of special effects and supernaturalism to tell a story effectively.

6/10


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