After moving into a new town, brothers Dane and Lucas and their neighbor Julie discover a bottomless hole in their basement that brings their nightmares to life. With shadows lurking around every corner, they must face their darkest fears in order to put an end to the mystery of the hole.
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Couldn't agree more with Empire's review. This is the best horror film I've seen in a long time. Okay, it's for "the whole family", but damn it, this film really scared me, in a shyamalanesque way. Almost everything works here, thanks to Dantes brilliant direction. Where is the Amblin logo? Two thumbs way up! B+ http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?DVDID=7854
A not so original screenplay after all. I remember having read a novel written by Philip K. Dick in the 60's that handled (in a much better way) the same themes. Matinee is clearly Joe Dante's masterpiece. This one is unfortunately already forgotten.
Eighties a gogò. The screenplay has probably been found in a drawer after thirty years of oblivion, and the movie is fun, sometimes, but silly and highly predictable. We are lucky that there are movies like Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell to show that is still possible to make great 80's flavored flicks, but this is not the case. And yes, the gorgeous (haha) 3d part is unnecessary.
Directement sortie en dvd, (avec quelques rares passages catastrophiques en salles aux States), et ceci malgré un coûteux filmage en relief, cette oeuvre fantastique n'a guère recueilli les faveurs du public, peut-être à cause de son classicisme quelquefois pesant et gentiment suranné induisant une mise à l'écart fort rapide et largement injustifiée de la plupart des médias de l'époque. www.cinefiches.com
Filmetto guardabile, che ha il pregio di non essere rivolto solo ai ragazzi, che sono il pubblico di riferimento, ma può essere un valido intrattenimento anche per i più grandicelli grazie a un paio di scene niente male. Se invece si fa parte del target può essere discretamente interessante e disturbante, sempre con moderazione e la direzione di Dante che ha una esperienza immensa.
It was a good idea to start with - kinda reminded me of House of Leaves, one of my favorite 'unfilmable' novels - but for me it got ruined by bad writing, cheap sound design and poor visuals. The acting is okay, as is the pacing - but a movie can't survive on one idea, some good performances and sharp editing. I don't know why critics love this, but maybe I'm already too old for this movie's target audience. 2/5.