Friday, June 21, 2013

Freaky Friday: The Hole

THE HOLE (2001 version. Didn't anyone realize this title is too generic?) starts at the end. I'm not a big fan of horror films that show how it all ends, then take us through the events from a survivor's memories. I'd rather be kept guessing. But, I suppose I can keep an open mind since Thora Birch worked on her English accent and Keira Knightley dyed her hair blond.
Liz (played by Birch) takes us back to the inner and superficial workings of her expensive European prep school. Here's the scoop: "your nobody or your a hot skinny blonde" (her words); popular girl Franky (played by Knightley) is actually nice; jock boy and superstar, Mike, is newly single; and Liz's best gay friend, Martin, is not gay. Caught up? Cause none of it is actually significant. The need to know is Liz is in love with jock boy, and employs BFF to aid her. The answer is secret field trip with above mentioned players, while fooling both parents and school from such endeavors.
Clearly every person's dream vacation spot.
In order to escape from campus lockdown, they go down a "hole" aka an escape hatch from an old war bunker. And camp out in this underground facility. Why anyone thought that would be a good idea, I don't know. But, this is apparently how we get four teenagers who'd never usually associate with one another trapped together. Oh all is fun and games in the beginning, but isn't it always? I especially love the huge pink blow up chair that Frankie brings for the occasion.
Who thinks this is a good idea? Raise your hand. Anyone?
Like any good horror movie, the first night involves ghost stories around the candlelight. No campfire since they're underground. But, the scariest tale they propose is what would happen if buddy Martin doesn't come to let them out on day 3. Dum-dum-dum. Self-fulfilling prophecy. The movie actually makes fun of this fact and that none of the teens thought of this BEFORE being locked inside. Also, not considering the solid concrete preventing the cell phones from working. Better NOT to have plot holes, but kudos to the film for making fun of itself. [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] Then again, it may just be an unreliable narrator. Hint. Hint.
Modern horror movie kiss of death.
Now, the mystery is intriguing. Without giving away spoilers, I will say that Martin's interpretation of events are much different from Liz's tale. Figuring out who is telling the truth, who is lying, and the details behind the twisted circumstances are fun. Not enough to give the movie the win, but enough to keep watching.

Rating: B-

Who wants to play name the movie? Since THE HOLE is a ridiculous name, what would you re-title this flick based on the review?

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