The Hole title

AKA: After the Hole

Tag Line : Desperate to get in, Dying to get out.

The HoleFour public school kids are looking for a way to dodge out of a school trip, when a classmate of theirs, Martin (Danial Brocklebank), comes up with an interesting suggestion. Heading out into the woods he shows them the entrance to an old underground army bunker where he says they can hide out until the school trip comes back.

So with that, the four teenage friends Liz (Thora Birch), Mike (Desmond Harrington), Geoff (Lawrence Fox) and Frankie (Kiera Knightley) pack their bags with the intention of staying there for the three day duration. As the door to the bunker can apparently only be opened from the outside, Martin meets them at the entrance and says he'll be back to let them out before their parents discover they weren't on the trip.

Now, we all know that when someone's placed in a precarious position like this in a horror film, something bad is BOUND to happen. Low and behold, the three days pass but there's no sign of Martin to let them out again. As the water begins to run out and they start to become ill and collapse through dehydration, it becomes increasingly unlikely anyone will find them. Why has Martin done this to them? But, as the events unfold in series of flashbacks, is he really as guilty as we all think?

Based on the book "After the Hole" by Guy Burt, this is an interesting low budget British horror film which is both intriguing and suspenseful and one that genre fans should definitely check out if they have not done so already (although admittedly I waited till it came on Sky Movies).

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "School is out, Terror has begun", "No exit, No key, No food, No heartbeat".

  • In order to get the film a "15" certificate for UK cinemas, the distributors had to overdub a line of dialogue that featured the word "Cunt" in it. Unfortunately, one of the deleted scenes on the DVD release was considered by the UK censors to be too strong for a "15". So the DVD had to be given an "18" rating, even though the film itself was only a "15". All international prints of the film were the same as the overdubbed UK release.

  • Couple of interesting factual errors, the school is set in England and yet when Liz calls for help from a payphone she dials "911" (the US emergency number) instead of "999". Also, in the UK we have Holidays NOT vacations (you'd think this being a British film they'd be able to get THAT right?).

  • The DVD features several deleted scenes, including an alternate beginning with Liz having flashbacks about her ordeal, and alternate ending set one year later with Liz chatting up some guy on a computer and telling him her name is Beth.

  • Director Nick Hamm had previously worked as director on several UK TV drama series. His credits including "Soldier Soldier" and The comedy series "Rik Mayall Presents".

  • Thora Birch is probably best known for her role as Jane in "American Beauty".

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