The Hole

All throughout October, we’ll be hearing from horror filmmakers about their favorite scary movies. First up is the legendary Joe Dante, whose new movie The Hole is available on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD. He’ll spread a little love to Val Lewton, talk about a movie with a very specific meaning to Catholics and explain how he makes horror work for ages 6 through 96. Download Episode #151

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Sound of My Voice A filmmaking couple infiltrate a cult in search of the truth regarding its enigmatic leader Maggie (Brit Marling), but the longer they stay the more one of them comes to believe her claims. The situation grows more dangerous when Maggie makes a spectacular claim and asks one of them to kidnap a specific young girl. Marling co-wrote the film with director Zal Batmanglij, and they’ve created a thought provoking, suspenseful and often surprising indie that feels bigger than it is by virtue of the ideas at play. Marling also delivers a spectacularly charismatic performance that just may have viewers lining up for a sip of her Kool-Aid.

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The Hole Movie

With a family-friendly return to the kind of filmmaking Amblin did best in the 80s, Joe Dante‘s The Hole earns a strange honor as a horror film. It’s pleasant. A pleasant, scary movie. It builds from a standard coming-of-age tale: the single mom (Teri Polo), teenage son Dane (Chris Massoglia) and younger brother Lucas (Nathan Gamble) move from the big city to the small town complete with the tough transition. That change of pace (at least for Dane) is softened by the cute next-door neighbor Julie (Haley Bennett), but it’s made a bit more difficult by the bottomless hole in their basement that brings their personal fears to life. Apparently that wasn’t in the real estate listing.

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The Hole Movie

A family moves from the big city to a smaller town, and the children aren’t happy about it. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The opening idea of Joe Dante‘s The Hole definitely isn’t an original one, but usually the kids meet pretty girls or teach the community how to dance or something. In Dante’s movie, they find a bottomless pit in their basement that brings their fears to life. It’s true that the Gremlins director’s film has been without a distributor for a long time even though it received healthy praise when hitting festivals in 2009, but all of that is behind it now that it’s getting a limited release on September 28th. The trailer (which has been around a while as well) boasts a YA adventure with hopefully some trademark Dante bits. Plus, Bruce Dern plays a character named Creepy Carl who looks like Doc Brown’s somehow more hyperactive cousin. Can’t go wrong there. Check it out for yourself:

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The Venice Film Festival has announced it’s 2009 line-up this week, showing off the films that will make-up it’s 66th annual fest.

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