“Gremlins” director Joe Dante’s horror flick “The Hole” has been on the shelf for what feels like forever. A release date has finally been set, and as if to drive that point home, a new poster and theatrical trailer have also hit the airwaves.
When you combine a family moving into a new house, a mysterious bottomless pit in the basement, and a creepy clown doll, it all adds up to a bad time for everyone involved. You know that annoying Pomeranian is especially screwed. Add crazy-ass Bruce Dern, and a psychedelic set that looks like it came out of a Salvador Dali painting, and there is a lot of promise in “The Hole”.
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 sooner they are haunted by their darkest fears. Further, they believe that the hole might be a gateway to hell.
Dante has a wicked and twisted sense of humor, and while “The Hole” has a rather generic set up, it could easily prove to be a nice playground for his aesthetic. The film stars Teri Polo, Dern, Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, and Nathan Gamble.
“The Hole” opens up in theaters September 28, 2012 and will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on October 2, 2012 by Big Air Studios.