No, you pervert, this is not about a porno movie!   “The Hole” is a hole in the basement of a house where all your fears are conjured to haunt you.   Chris Massoglia and Nathan Gamble play brothers who, along with their mom, move into a house that sits on top of this portal to hell.  After a bit of roughhousing, the boys discover a heavy door with multiple padlocks keeping it shut.  Of course, they find a way to open it, and find a bottomless pit.  It’s not enough they screwed themselves, but they manage to drag a neighbor (Haley Bennett) into this nightmare.  Hey, what’s a horror movie without more victims, right?

To paraphrase a famous, dead writer with a name hard to spell: when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.   The three boys and girls soon find themselves being stalked by spirits that are connected to their troubled pasts.  If they don’t find a way to fight the evil spirits and shut the hole for good, the teens may find themselves being dragged into that bottomless pit, never to be seen again.

My most memorable, movie moment of “The Hole” is the scene when Haley Bennett is in the girl’s bathroom; the lights go out, and a spirit of a dead girl appears in one of the toilet stalls.  The bathroom door is locked, Bennett is trapped in a corner, and the spirit slowly and jerkily walks toward Bennett.  This is a rare moment where we are given a true scare.

For the most part, the frights are cheap.  For example: close-up on one of the main characters, and a friend of that character suddenly grabs him from behind and we hear very loud music at the same time.  Cheap thrills from a cheap movie.  There was a lot of potential for “The Hole” to be much better; but it needed better acting, a better script, better direction…you get the idea.  Forget the budget, I’ve seen effective, horror movies on a low budget; it’s the talent on and off camera that counts.

Well, Maximus, I was somewhat entertained.  One viewing was enough.

— M