Friday, September 28, 2012

The Hole (2001)

After a few days of creature features, I decided to venture into a completely different realm for the evening movie. Of course, I had thought of doing up a review of the classic Forbidden Planet, as my class watched it this afternoon once they completed their final fiber optic exam, but I will save that for another day. My selection for the evening was a lot different than that, 2001s British import, The Hole.
Plot/ 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.
After suffering through some low budget creature features, I am glad that I changed it up some with something different. This flick was just that, not really horror, but more a psychological thriller / mystery. This thriller features a solid cast with even better performances, the cinematography is creates an air or realism, and the storyline is tremendous. Sure, some of the sequencing seems a bit off initially, but definitely is pulled together in the end. Of course, it is not perfect with minor flaws in rigid characterization and a score that detracts from the atmosphere rather than building it. In the end, this flick was definitely worth watching, especially considering it was free onDemand. It may not be straight horror, but it is a well-crafted psychological thriller that will make  an entertaining evening.

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