Monday, December 24, 2012

The Hole (2009)

Director: Joe Dante. Cast: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble, Terri Polo, Bruce Dern. 92 min. Rated PG-13. Adventure/Fantasy.

Joe Dante (The HowlingGremlinsSmall Soldiers) has a history of making horror/fantasy/comedy movies targeted for a very limited age group - somewhere around 8-12 years, making his movies too scary/adult for under that age range, and too childish for over. Same thing happens here, where a teenage boy and his elementary school brother find a bottomless pit in their basement, and together with the screenwriter pretty much don't know what to do with it. If the approach on how to handle the primary concept had tilted either towards kids or adults, the results would have been much more satisfying.

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