The Hole

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A remarkably dull and obvious horror film from former genre giant Joe Dante, this must have been included in the fest because it's so deeply unscary (and thus, obviously, art). A dadless suburban family moves into a new home, under which lies a gaping, bottomless shaft. Naturally, the kids ignore the padlocks on the trapdoor in the cellar; out come some painfully representational bogeymen. Even the gentle 12-year-olds this is targeted at will find it a drag. Gone is the naughty Dante of Gremlins and Small Soldiers; a bland 3-D treatment makes the slot-filler feel even more like your typical piece of Hollywood product.—Joshua Rothkopf

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