A film made in the UK in 2001, directed by Nick Hamm
and starring Thora Birch
, giving a new take on the question of what a person will do to make someone love them
. The Hole
was badly mis-marketed
on its release as a teen slasher flick, but is in fact nothing of the sort. It's a story about deep obsession
, with the lead character, Liz, so focussed on the boy she has set her heart on that she can't think of anyone or anything else, even when her best friend is dying on the floor next to her. In the beginning, we meet a battered and grazed Liz, and we learn that she and three friends have been locked in a WW2 bunker
for over a week, having expected to stay for only three days. Kidnapping is suspected, and the person who showed them to the bunker is arrested for questioning. As the film progresses though, we are told the far more harrowing
truth of what happened inside the Hole. This film is really unsettling
to watch, and made me feel ill
as I was leaving the cinema. That a week later however, I was still pouring over the ideas raised by it, gives me reason to recommend this film to anyone interested in this kind of thing.
Known in America as After The Hole.