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Here's An Exclusive Sneak Peek Into Joe Dante's New Movie THE HOLE!

Nordling here.

Big Joe Dante fan here.  I think he makes genre films that punch back, be it GREMLINS, THE HOWLING, his snippet in TWILIGHT ZONE THE MOVIE, and even a charming movie like MATINEE has a little bit of an edge to it, even if it's also sweet and heartfelt.

Dante's been a bit quiet in recent years, but he's coming back to filmmaking, and he's shooting in 3D to boot - none of this post-conversion stuff - in his new movie THE HOLE.  THE HOLE opens September 28th in theaters and will be available on VOD on October 2nd.  Here's a little peek - it's not much, but perhaps it'll whet the appetite a bit:

And here's a brief synopsis:

From director Joe Dante (Gremlins) comes a 3D thriller that explores the fears and secrets buried deep within the human mind. After moving into a new neighborhood, brothers Dane and Lucas, along with their neighbor Julie, discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their home. They find that once the hole is exposed, evil is unleashed. With strange shadows lurking around every corner and nightmares coming to life, they are forced to come face to face with their darkest fears to put an end to the mystery of THE HOLE.

Glad to see that Joe Dante is back.  We've missed him.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by Eric Brown

    Got this on DVD but haven't watched it yet.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I grew up on Dante's stuff

    by Detective_Fingerling

    He has a lifetime pass from me in that, good or bad, I'll at least check it out. Good to see he's doing 3D right.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    concept sounds a lot like The Gate

    by Monnie Knapp

    I do love Joe Dante's classic stuff, of course, and hope this film succeeds, but if that wasn't a basic synopsis of The Gate (basement instead of backyard) then I'll eat my hat, sir. Obviously the footage was not Gatey... whatever, anything's better than Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

  • It's not as high concept as the Gremlins movies or Small Soldiers, but it is another one along those lines. There's even a 2 foot high pest menacing one of the main characters. I enjoyed it and it's a good horror movie for young kids and families. But it's mostly Joe Dante's involvement that I even gave it a try at all. It is was another director I might not have liked it as much.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by DarthBlart

    "If it was another director I might not have liked it as much."

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Nordling? Don't you mean shot it, not shooting?

    by Nichole

    Whatever, I have not seen it, and look forward to it.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    The Hole?

    by aceldama

    That was the movie with a 16 year old Kiera Knightly flashing her tits, right?

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    NEW? it's fucking 3 years old

    by GeptaOO1

    and learn fucking aicn needs to learn what the word exclusive means

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    yes aceldma

    by saintsaucey

    There was a movie where she flashed her tits but this is a different movie with the same name. I think.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Release Date

    by Andrew

    IMDB and Wikipedia list the release date for this as 2009. However, on Amazon it's available for pre-order, citing the release date as 2012. Not sure what's up with that. Are they doing a re-release, and pretending the first one never happened? Strange.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    @release date

    by GeptaOO1

    because this was released in the rest of the world in 2009.... The only place it wasn't released was the united states........ It hasn't been sitting on the shelf... it's been legally available on DVD for quite a while.... I never understood why it hasn't seen US distribution until now...

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    *Exclusive* "You keep using that word..."

    by PoweredUpPackman

    ...I don't think it means what you think it means...

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by GeptaOO1

    well said

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Been on dvd in Holland since 2011

    by MarkSingle

    Strange... this movie has been available on dvd since 2011 in the Netherlands. Why was it released so late in the USA?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Safe to assume old people are bad at everything, especially directing?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    It's been painful watching 80's directors limp through 2000's and then try for a weak comeback in the 2010's. I'm looking at you Ridley. Next up, De Palma.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST

    The Burbs

    by tj23

    Favorite movie of all-time, just something about it puts me in a good mood. "Smells like they're cooking a god-damn cat over there." Great lines throughout, just classic.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    So its a remake of The Gate?

    by yoyoballz

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Enough films called The Hole already!

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    I've had THE HOLE on DVD for 2 years

    by Neon Killer

    I'm not usually a criticiser, but yes: it would make for better journalism to flag up the fact that this film has been available worldwide for 2 years+. Surely that's part of the story for AICN readers, and i know other aicn writers have mentioned this before. Nitpicking aside (i still LOVE aicn), THE HOLE is a lot of fun. My pal David Hall, who writes for EatSleepLoveFilm in the UK, described it as "THE BEYOND"-lite FOR KIDS. It's a great little movie....

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    The USA is Guatemala Now?

    by Tassium

    The US seems to get films a bit after everyone else these days.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Sounds interesting...

    by veebeeyes

    but if I found a bottomless hole in my basement that unleashes unspeakable evil, I think I'd just move out.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    We need half a dozen more movies titled, THE HOLE...

    by Anti-fanboy

    at least.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    That's one heck of a delay...

    by Darkness

    But don't worry, you're not missing much. Far away removed from the classic Dante we know. Plus, it's bizarre watching one of his flicks today minus the sounds of, Jerry Goldsmith. "Gremlins", "The 'Burbs" and "Matinee" are testament to the mans talents.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    I saw this two years ago and it is.....

    by Torben

    not Joe Dante's best work, infact I would wait until it comes out on the TV which will be quite soon seeing as it has already been on dvd around the world for three years now. The movie is low budget and very dark and hard to see stuff in places, not Gremlins by a long shot...

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I saw this film years ago...just okay

    by smitme

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST

    I've seen THE HOLE

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    but my gf won't be happy with me calling it that.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    mysterious_volvo, it's non of her business anyway. It's between you and her mother

    by Talkbacker with no name

    See what I did there?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST

    You can check it out on youtube right now!

    by calrabjohns

    When AICN first posted the trailer, I went to youtube and to my pleasant surprise I found this. /watch?v=h1gSRFwY8OI&feature=related Nordling, you should tell Joe Dante and the distributor of the film. It's kind of sad.

  • P.s. Don't cgi Gizmo that would just piss everybody off

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    talkbacker, i have no idea what you did there.

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    I was referring to the movie itself as my girlfriend likes to call it ''the best movie joe dante has made in years'' and publicly castigates me when i refer to it with its original title.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Saw this years ago. Very average.

    by thefreshestthing

  • I didn't even like it much the first time I watched it earlier this year but the chick I had over picked it off Netflix. It's cute, fun, and I love the small scale of it.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I really quite enjoyed The Hole

    by Biley Ranter

    It's sort of more like a longer episode of Eerie Indiana but it's great to see him back and BRUCE DERN!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Had it for ages on R2 DVD...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but only made it through the first five minutes. Not that it seems bad at all, but because on the DVD I have it seems they've dubbed over words like "shit" with less offensive (or more kid-oriented) language. That kind of thing burns my ass so much I can't watch a movie where it occurs. It will be interesting to see if the U.S. release is any different.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Joe Dante's name should always be followed by..

    by tintab

    ..The Howling. I never thought Gremlins or Explorers were very good films.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I do not understand how Hollywood works.

    by Felix

    Some directors are given project after project and produce utter crap every time they step to the plate. Yet a great director with some big hits to his name and a few really terrific movies (Gremlins 2, Innerspace, and Explorers) makes a few missteps (the Burbs) and he's resigned to the dust bin. I don't get it.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Can producer's pay for stories/coverage on AICN?

    by Buck Turgidson

    Something smells funny about this "Hole" movie...

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by duke of url

    Gremlins,The Howling,Piranha Innerspace is #4

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    you really can't call this a new film dude. bit embarrassing.

    by ben sheppard

    And Innerspace is the best I'm sayin. Then Gremlins.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    My Favorite Dante Movie:The Burbs

    by Huelya

    I love that movie and just watched it a few days ago again with my brothers.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, noon CST

    House Of Leaves

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    There have been numerous projects, all different mediums, that have kind of explored this plot base of a house with a hidden entrance into a vast...well...something that unleashes some sort of evil ever since Mark Danielewski published his first novel, House of Leaves, about seven or eight years ago. I know Borders gave this book a solid push when it came out and it developed a small cult following and I can't help but think that since the book, as written, is about the most unfilmable book that I have ever read, that its themes are being watered down and borrowed by others. When I say unfilmable, I mean unfilmable. It makes Blood Meridian look like a cookie cutter storyboard, lol. However, although the book isn't for everyone, (it's sometimes written upside down, in coils, on post-it notes, there seem to be chapters taken out of other unrelated books just thrown in, it's like the book was written on acid at times and then with a very clear head at others) it's an incredible story and very cinematic. This movie, along with dozens of other projects over the last few years seem to really lean heavily on Danielewski's ideas and I was just wondering if anyone else out there who has read the book has noticed this as well.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Well, what about Solomon Kane?

    by Jorge Madrid

    It was released in Spain in January... 2010!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    This is that Kim Kardashian biography, right?

    by Doctor Manhattan

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    This film is to 'new' what Mitt Romney is to 'electable'.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    It's like I keep telling my wife

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    don't put that shit on the Internet baby, but SHE DON'T LISTEN, NOW DO SHE!?!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Ain't it

    by Gorgomel

    I've seen this movie more than two years ago. Great Joe Dante flick by the way.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Explorers was good up until the point when they go to space.

    by adeceasedfan


  • Sept. 18, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Any helicopters being used?

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:39 a.m. CST


    by Ivan Alexeev

    Doc Manhattan, you're getting that confused with The Ho. This is the Jenna Jameson doc.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    I have had this on Blu Ray for ages now

    by sarg2k

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    my hole

    by dark

    Once it's exposed, what comes out might be described as evil. Also accompanied by foul smelling vapors...

  • Can't remember a horror movie synopsis that didn't have this line.