Sax von Stroheim writes:
The Hole (Joe Dante, 2009)
I watched this in 2D off of Netflix streaming, but it seems like it would have been a fun thing to see in 3D at the movies. Flattened out, it’s enjoyable enough, with a few truly scary moments, but it’s firmly Lightly Likable rather than the Expressive Esoterica/Far Side of Paradise of Joe at his best. In 2D, there’s nothing new here. It’s almost a “Joe Dante’s Greatest Hits” type thing, with sequences plucked from his other movies: the climax pays homage to his segment of the Twilight Zone movie and I’d guess is the part of the movie that suffers most from not being in 3D. However, The Hole is almost completely lacking in the Looney Tunes-satire of most of his other movies. I did really like the creepy jester.