What ‘The Hole’ went wrong?


Despite his moderate successes (“Gremlins,” “The Howling,”) prolific director Joe Dante remains relatively unknown outside sci-fi and horror circles.

So perhaps it should come as little surpass that his latest, “The Hole,” is struggling to find a U.S. distributor. It’s quite a shame, for it is not only the most polished, accomplished work the director has released in years, but it is also one of the few films that can adequately be called a “family horror” film, a genre which he may not have created, but has certainly perfected.

The film was screened at a special Saturday evening screening during the closing days of the New York Film Festival, held October 5 through 10. The screening was not only attended by the director himself, but his frequent collaborator, the equally talented John Sayles. The film was presented in 3-D, but unlike many other “retrofitted” films (which are filmed in 2-D and get the 3-D treatment in post production), the film was shot using cameras made for the format. Continue reading

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