The Hole (2009 film)

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The Hole
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joe Dante
Produced by Claudio Fäh
Michel Litvak
Vicki Sotheran
David Lancaster
Written by Mark L. Smith
Starring Chris Massoglia
Haley Bennett
Nathan Gamble
Teri Polo
Bruce Dern
Music by Javier Navarrete
Cinematography Theo van de Sande
Edited by Marshall Harvey
Bold Films[1]
The Hole
Distributed by Big Air Studios
Release dates
  • September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11) (Venice)[2]
Running time
92 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[4]
Box office $10,362,785[5]

The Hole is a 2009 American fantasy horror-thriller film directed by Joe Dante[6] and stars Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia, and Haley Bennett.[7]


Susan and her sons Dane and Lucas Thompson move from Brooklyn to Bensonville, in the countryside. Dane is upset with the constant changes of address and the family has lived in many cities. Lucas and Dane befriend their next door neighbor, the gorgeous Julie and the brothers find a bottomless hole in the basement of their house locked with several padlocks. They take the locks off and soon they are haunted by their darkest fears. Further, they believe that the hole might be a gateway to hell.



The film began shooting in 3-D on December 5, 2008, in Vancouver, Canada.[18]


The film garnered positive reviews from critics. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 80% of the critics gave the film a positive review, based on 35 reviews, with a rating average of 6.4 out of 10. The site's consensus reads "A welcome throwback to the suburban teen thrillers of the 1980s, The Hole is a scary, enjoyable return to form for director Joe Dante." [19]


The film premiered on September 12, 2009, at 2009 Toronto International Film Festival[20] and had its theatrical release in summer 2010.[21] It screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2010.[22] The film had its United States debut screening at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on October 7, 2011.[23]

On September 28, 2012, The Hole opened in theatres in Los Angeles and Atlanta. A release in St. Louis is scheduled for November. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 2, 2012.[24]


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  2. ^ "'The Hole 3D' is Beloved in Toronto and Venice". 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  3. ^ "THE HOLE (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  4. ^ "The Hole (2009) – Box office / business". Internet Movie Database. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  5. ^ "The Hole (2010)". Box Office Mojo. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Joe Dante's 'The D-Hole 3-D' Getting Summer/Fall Release?". 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  7. ^ Allen, Michael (2009-11-13). "The D-Hole in 3-D!". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Excl: Cirque Du Freak Cast Interviews". 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  9. ^ Tabouring, Franck (2008-10-22). "Teri Polo ready to jump into ‘Hole’". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Afm: Joe Dante's The Hole in 3D Posters!". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  11. ^ Heath, Paul (2008-10-22). "Teri Polo to star in Joe Dante's The Hole". The Hollywood News. Archived from the original on 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  12. ^ "The Hole – 3D – Cast". Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  13. ^ "Afm '08: Posters and New Casting For 'The Hole 3-D'!!". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  14. ^ Oh My Gore ! (2008-11-10). ""The Hole 3D" – Posters and New Casting". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  15. ^ "Polo, Bennett Join The Hole". 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  16. ^ "Italian Trailer for Joe Dante's The Hole". 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  17. ^ "Italian Trailer for Joe Dante's 'The Hole 3D' Featuring New Footage". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  18. ^ "Teri Polo Will Star In 3-D Supernatural Movie "The Hole"". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  19. ^ "The Hole". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  20. ^ TIFF 09: THE HOLE Review – Joe Dante, Horror
  21. ^ "The Hole Opens Late Summer/Fall?". 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  22. ^ "Unofficial Trailer for The Hole Springs a Leak". 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  23. ^ "The Castro Theatre Current Schedule of Events". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
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