Hole in the Bottom of the World, The

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When Dane and his brother Lucas move from the big city to a small rural town, they believe their lives are set to become a lot more boring.
Until they find a mysterious hole in the floor of their new basement...
I found this movie in an old DVD binder last year and had vague memories of having watched it as a kid. Watching it again years later, I realised that it had had a big impression on me, though a few areas left it very lacking. Despite a strong and tense start many odd choices make the original movie more of a laugh-fest than a scream-fest.
So I created this edit to make the movie the best it could be by removing those flaws and improving the good parts that remain.
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I don't remember every minor cut I made in this edit so I'll just go over the broad strokes:


-Removed instances of cheesy 2000s dialogue
-Trimmed the pool party scene
-Cut a lot of the experimentation when they find the hole
-Made the TV scare more subtle
-Trimmed the diner scene
-Made the bathroom scene darker and less blue
-Removed all instances of the clown puppet moving
-Improved the look of the little girl ghost
-Removed the little girl ghost's Charlie Chaplain walk
-Removed Crazy Carl
-Added some spooky sound effects to the Police Officer
-Removed the Police Officer crawling on the floor
-Removed the "Mine got broken" line

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The Hole is a Dante deep cut and a bit of a curiosity. When I saw it I felt that the script was pretty poor and the tonal clash between teen angst and slightly more adult horror was out of place. It was at the back of my mind to have some fun with the footage at some stage, so it peaked my curiosity to see williamredrobin announce a fanedit.

I assumed this was an SD source, so to see that it says HD on the IFDB entry surprised me. It’s a soft look and there are moments where the picture quality is quite poor. The worst instance is during the bathroom scene where there is some pretty intense macro blocking, and as we zoom into the face of the "girl next door" the image is crazy distorted. I can see now looking at the cutlist that some colour/fx work was done there, so maybe that’s contributing to it? Same with the creepy little girl - there's something off about her face and it seems some work was done here, although I don't remember the theatrical well enough. Audio is probably near the bottom end of what I’d consider ok quality. All in all, this averages out at 6.

Generally the editing work is great. I noticed one audio cut, but it was quite subtle. Most times I could tell something was edited because the visual cut was slightly quick. There was also a visual crossfade fade that seemed unnatural, but could have been in the original. Audio editing is solid and holds up well in surround. Visual editing I would award a 9, but dropping to 8 based on the visual presentation of the bathroom scene. It’s also apparent that a lot was cut from the final clown confrontation and it feels obvious that the editor doesn't want to show us the clown. (was it rough cgi? I don't remember too well)

I remember thinking this was a hot mess when I first saw it, so to watch it now and it not seem any more or less coherent with 15 minutes cut is pretty good. The ghost girl is very poorly developed, but this was an issue in the theatrical cut. I don’t believe Red Robin has created any new narrative issues here, and I think the film is just fine without the crazy old man character (couldn’t remember them, didn’t miss them).

Not really what I’m looking for in an edit of this, though it certainly addressed some things I had issue with. It’s all still a bit too disney channel meets horror to me and feels a bit off. I think if you already like the film and just want some of the more egregious cheese and hokeyness removed, then this is a solid option. I’m probably looking for something a bit more daring.

Thanks for sharing, Willimaredrobin :) nice to see some of your work.

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(Updated: October 31, 2023)
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First things first: This edit has subtitles. Not enough edits have subtitles. Note to all editors: (English) subtitles are awesome,.

Enjoyment can easily be an 8 or 9 if you have a younger audience watching.

This was a fun watch, but I went in with completely wrong expectations so I feel a review is in order. I had not seen the original and wanted to test if I could *feel* the cuts if I had not seen the original first.

This is not an adult horror movie. I thought it was going to be lol, but it's more a gremlins/goonies kind of scary movie aimed at a younger audience.

Most of the cuts seem very sensible, althought sometimes you can feel something is missing. Not because the cut is bad, but because the flow of the story doesn't follow the usual cliché. Funny how you get accustomed to this. The audio was flawless by the way. I don't have a 5.1 system, but it sounded great on my stereo setup.

Enjoyment is a strange one. If I had kids who were the target audience I'd probably score this higher. It's a fun Halloween flick to watch with kids who are old enough to watch the aforementioned Gremlins.

I watched some scenes of the original and I feel like you've almost hit the sweet spot with the clown. I definitely would re-instate the wink, but maybe use it in his second encounter with the clown. Right now I feel both encounters are too similar. Having the kid fight the clown and showing it a bit more might be a good idea, (though definitely keep out the annoying sounds it makes in the original!)

Movie is easy enough to follow, but sometimes I felt some plots could be dropped (the mother's date can go imo, just have her go out of town for work, that's enough)

Thanks for the fun Halloween night, William! Me and my wife had a great time!
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