I thought white faced, smart talking dolls attacked humans only in the previous century. Well, I was wrong. In this day and age, they still happen to crawl out of basements and attack human kids. Now that just makes me chuckle. With mean looking dolls and white faced little girls running around trying to scare people, “The Hole” is nothing more than shoddy execution of what could have been an interesting film.
Single mother Susan (Teri Polo) moves to the small town of Bensonville with her teenage son Dane (Chris Massoglia) and 10 year old son Lucas (Nathan Gamble). Dane starts to like the girl next door Julie (Haley Bennett). With Susan spending more and more time at work, Dane and Lucas are left unattended to explore their eerie new residence. One day while goofing around the house, the two boys along with their new friend Julie stumble across a trap door in their basement The trap door when opened reveals a large bottomless hole that emits foggy vapors and eerie sounds.
Now what if I tell you that this hole makes each individual’s darkest and deepest fear come true. And that fear doesn’t stop haunting you until you decide to be brave and face it. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Well, now if you throw in a bunch of white faces and talking dolls? There goes your interest. “The Hole” sure has an interesting premise, because we all need to face our fears someday. And here is a nice Hole offering to help you do it. But then out comes a little girl ghost ( just like “The Grudge”) and a mean looking clown doll(just like in”:Chucky”). After walking around the house for a while, they all crawl right back into the hole in a manner that is far too similar to “The Ring” to be a co-incidence. It’s a horror film thats unintentionally funny and I get a feeling that the filmmakers in a small way intended it to be funny.
With gags and effects that are now common place as far as scary movies or even scary T.V shows are concerned, “The Hole” is marred by an army of clichés that do nothing more than make you laugh.
Verdict: There are very few things funnier than a horror film that makes you laugh. So, go for it.