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''Desperate to get in. Dying to get out.''

This 2001 British thriller is about a young woman, Liz, who mysteriously reappears after having vanished from her private school for 17 days. A young psychiatrist takes on her case and finds out a disconcerting truth about what happened to Liz and what happened to the other three students (Mike, Geoff and Frankie) who also went missing at the same time Liz did...

Based on the novel ''After the Hole'' by Guy Burt, the film starred Creator/ThoraBirch as Liz, Creator/KeiraKnightley as Frankie, Creator/EmbethDavidtz as Dr. Phillipa, Laurence Fox as Geoff and Creator/DesmondHarrington as Mike.

Not to be confused with another work called ''[[ParallelPornTitles The Hole]]'', which is a gay porn parody of ''Film/TheRing''; ''Film/{{Holes}}'' by Louis Sachar; or ''The Hole'' (2009).

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!!This film series provides examples of the following tropes:

* AdultsAreUseless: In this case [[spoiler: Liz Dunn]] knows their uses and manipulates them for her own ends.
* BunkerWoman: With a literal bunker. [[spoiler: Albeit that is the girl behind it, and she's pretending to be just as trapped.]]
* CerebusCallback: In Liz's version of events the group make up a fake scenario to fool Martyn. The scene is done comically but then when [[spoiler: We see the real story the same things they used appear again such as Frankie getting sick (and eventually dying), the water going off and everyone ganging up on Liz.]]
* ChekhovsGun: We get some very obvious zoom ins of the old ladder rocking when people climb up and down but it doesn't come into play until the very end when [[spoiler: Mike jumps on it to catch Liz, causing it to break and stab him.]]
* ClosedCircle: The bunker [[spoiler: thanks to Liz]].
* ClusterFBomb: Mike is prone to rattling off a lot of curse words. But hey, he's a teenager.
--> "Hey, I'm not fucking retarded. The fucking door won't fucking open!"
* CoitusUninterruptus: Mike and Liz have to sit in the same room and try to sleep while Frankie and Geoff go at it. Geoff then has to endure the same another night with Mike and Liz.
* CoolLoser: Liz is apparently this at first. [[spoiler: Then it turns out she's a psycho AlphaBitch]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: PlayedForLaughs. After Liz's failed attempt to get Mike to notice her, she comes into Martyn's room and plops herself on the couch to draw an obvious parallel with a psychologist's office. Which adds another layer of humour when you realise that's actually where she really is as she's telling the story.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Played with. Annoyed that Mike is paying attention to Frankie, Liz pulls him off her and hits his head off the wall. Mike says "Are you fucking nuts?" while Geoff and Frankie clap.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: It was all Liz's fault; she held herself, Frankie, Mike and Geoff hostage because she wanted Mike to fall in love with her, and caused Frankie's death, and had Mike murder Geoff because of what he thought to be the last can of stuff to drink they had; Mike found out about Liz when he woke up to see her opening the door of the "hole", he angrily climbed up the stairs to wring her neck and unfortunately ended up getting killed. The psychiatrist knows the truth, but Liz managed to set a trap on her and to pin the blame on somebody else - Martyn, who she has drowned right after hiding the key in his pocket.]] And in an AlternateEnding [[spoiler: we see her beginning another obsession, now with long blonde hair and calling herself 'Beth'.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Liz frames Martyn for the crimes, making it look like a suicide]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Liz shows genuine remorse for Frankie's death and actually was planning to open the bunker the night she died]].
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Liz attempts to invoke this thinking Mike will fancy her and so dyes her hair blonde. Then she notices that she's literally surrounded by blonde bimbos trying to get Mike's attention.
* FaceHeelDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Liz is given two opportunities to undo what she did. The first is when she's about to unlock the door but then discovers Frankie's body. The second is when the psychologist hears her story and says she has to make a statement. Liz then pretends to be innocent and that she was forced into the bunker]].
* FauxHorrific: After the hair dyeing scene mentioned above we see something red spilling into the bath. It turns out Liz just dyed her hair back.
* FictionalCounterpart: The book is based in a thinly-disguised version of [[http://www.charterhouse.org.uk/ Charterhouse]], where the author was a student.
* FinalGirl: Liz fits a lot of the requirements - brunette, more modest, slightly wallflowerish, brainy [[spoiler: but in the actual events, we see she's not like that at all]].
* TheGhost: Mike's ex-girlfriend Amber is mentioned several times but never appears on-screen.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Frankie, who keeps bottles in her dorm room.
* HiddenDepths: Geoff especially seems like a typical JerkJock but turns out to genuinely care for Frankie.
* HowWeGotHere: The film opens with Liz stumbling into the school after getting out of the bunker.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: After Liz reveals to Mike that she locked them in order to make him fall in love with her, Mike curses her and threatens to kill her. Before he can get to her, the ladder he's climbing on breaks and stabs him in the chest.]]
* InspectorJavert: DCS Howard is almost desperate to pin the case on Martyn.
* JerkJock: Mike and Geoff, rugby players who rough house and bully other people.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Liz. She trapped her friends down to the hole so she could get Mike to fall in love with her. When that didn't work, she pinned the blame on Martyn by hiding the key in his pocket. And she got away with everything.]]
* LovableAlphaBitch: Frankie [[spoiler: in Liz's story. Then we see the real story and she's a typical AlphaBitch]].
* MakeWayForThePrincess: Frankie's character introduction.
* MaleFrontalNudity: Geoff and the rest of the rugby team go full frontal for a scene in which Frankie walks through the boys' locker room.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] : [[spoiler: Liz again]]
* ManlyTears: Geoff and Mike [[spoiler: when Frankie dies]]. Martyn also has a big breakdown.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Mike when he [[spoiler: murders Geoff in a fit of rage, Liz also appears to have a moment like this]], though how genuine it is...
--> "I've killed all of you!"
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Martyn confronts Liz in her house, leading to her breaking a biscuit tin in the kitchen. Later, Philippa visits Liz and is seen taking her away in her car just as Mrs Dunn arrives home. She then phones the station, claiming Liz has been abducted.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Frankie the AlphaBitch is seen wearing a pink dress in an early scene with Liz, brings several pink things down to the bunker with her and her accessory is an inflatable pink chair.
* ThePlace: What happened at the hole is the focus of the story. Also an example of TheTheTitle.
* PlentyOfBlondes: PlayedForDrama as Liz nearly has some kind of anxiety attack when she sees herself surrounded by blonde bimbos all determined to catch Mike's eye.
* PoliceAreUseless: Played with. The majority of police in the film just seem to want to pin the case on Martyn [[spoiler: even when he's actually innocent]]. The police psychologist is the only one who actually investigates further into the case.
* RapunzelHair: Frankie's beautiful blonde hair goes down to her waist.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Martyn, as invoked by Liz]].
* UnreliableNarrator:
** The psychiatrist knows Liz is being this one when her story has a happy ending, given the fact that [[spoiler: all the other kids in The Hole with her are dead]]. Though she doesn't know that the reason for the inconsistent story is because [[spoiler: it's all Liz's fault]].
** This is even more true in the book, since the entire thing is from [[spoiler:Liz's]] perspective, and we only get a hint of the truth at the end in [[spoiler:the doctor's letter, which makes a reference to Liz being "the only survivor."]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: ''Liz'' had the key.]]
* TemptingFate: Lampshaded as Frankie tells the boys to stop saying 'what if something happens to Martyn and later blames them when he doesn't turn up. [[spoiler: In the first version of the story anyway.]]
* TheTease: Frankie. And unfortunately for Geoff, he's looking away when she decides to actually flash him.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted initially as the police therapist guesses early on [[spoiler: that Liz is making her story up]] but then played straight when [[spoiler: she's unable to get Liz caught for her actions]].
* TheTheTitle: Also ThePlace, as what happened at the hole is the focus of the story.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: This might be the prime example; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0E75vi3ETc&feature=related this trailer]] promotes the movie like it's some kind of SlasherMovie when it's clearly ''not''. This may have been in the interests of making [[spoiler:Martyn seem a more convincing RedHerring.]]
* UncannyValleyGirl: [[spoiler: Liz who seems like a CoolLoser but is totally nuts]].
* WouldHitAGirl: Mike is definitely set on outright killing [[spoiler: Liz when he finds out what she's done. He doesn't get very far however]].
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Liz. She trapped the others in the hole, so she could get closer to Mike.]]
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