(This review may contain spoilers).
I remember originally seeing this film at the cinema, where it was shown as a 12A, and thinking that, although I’d quite liked the film, I wouldn’t have personally given it that low a rating. Even so, although the film isn’t terribly original, I still found it really good to watch.
I liked the three main characters. Although I think Dane was a bit mean to Lucas at times, for the most part, I felt that it was good-natured teasing and that Lucas wasn’t really scared of his big brother.
The hole itself was done in quite a good way, I felt. There’s something scary about a hole you can’t see the bottom of… and it was even more scary when Lucas and Dane lowered the camera into the hole and then watched what they’d recorded… enabling the audience to see something the main characters missed.
I did find the differences in the fears the characters had to work really well… and it was also good to see the different ways they handled those fears.
There were some particularly creepy moments in this film… particularly with the little girl. Although I couldn’t understand how the adults missed anything going on, I did find it realistic that the young people were reluctant to tell anyone else about what was going on.
There were some quite dodgy lines in the film, but it was fairly tame compared to horror for adults. I’m not sure what age range this is supposed to be aimed at – it’s kind of a more graphic version of Goosebumps.
Although I did like the ending of this film, I felt it was a bit obvious and cliched. And, of course, there was the obligatory scare at the end. Still, I did enjoy watching this. And I would probably view it again in the future.