YMMV / The Hole

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: All over the place.
    • For Liz. How much remorse does she actually feel for the whole thing? She's horrified at the deaths of all her friends, and yet seems to be fine as soon as she knows she'll get away with what she did. She comes close to opening the door before another death, but each time something else interrupts her. When she screams "I've killed all of you!" at Mike, is that remorse or just an act? And the proposed suicide pact - is that just her wanting to avoid the legal consequences of what she's done, or is it a punishment she feels she deserves for getting Frankie and Geoff killed?
    • Also for Liz after the incident. How traumatised is she actually? Could she be just making everything up from the get-go (as suggested by a Deleted Scene)? Or has she actually repressed the whole thing and only remembers once she goes back down to the bunker?
    • And before the whole incident. She waited until Mike was actually single before pursuing a relationship with him. Was she already obsessive? Or was she just influenced by a whole day's worth of drinking and drugs?
    • As noted below with Martyn. From the way he talks about the deceased, it seems to hint that he thinks they may have deserved it. Or he simply doesn't care about the deaths.
    • With regards to Geoff hiding soda cans in his bag. Would he have shared as soon as they ran out of water? Would he still have kept them all to himself as his friends slowly died from dehydration? Or was he like Liz - regretful of what he'd done but terrified of being honest, out of fear of everyone's reactions?
    • If you look throughout the film, Mike is a Cluster F-Bomb and appears to have a Hair-Trigger Temper. He murders Geoff and tries to kill Liz when he finds out their dirty secrets. If Frankie hadn't died of heart failure, would Mike have slowly gone mad from the dehydration and murdered everyone else too?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Martyn seems a bit blasť about the fact that three of his school peers have been missing for days and died.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Yes, this is the movie where Keira Knightley flashes her boobs.
  • Fans Prefer the New Her: Liz looks rather better as a blonde - since actress Thora Birch is naturally blonde. The black colour doesn't really suit her and makes her face look quite gaunt.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Rather a lot of it concerning Liz's version of events. Notice how the whole story focuses on her attraction to Mike - and them being locked in the bunker takes a back seat to Mike developing feelings for her. It's basically an in-universe Romantic Plot Tumour for Liz - telling the psychologist all about the way she and Mike "fell in love".
    • Even more. In Liz's version, Martyn locked them in to make Liz realise that Mike is not so great and that she should love him instead. Liz makes the entire thing a story of two men fighting over her. She's trying to make herself look like some tragic heroine.
    • The first part of the film feels a bit excessively dramatic. A very good hint that Liz is making her story up.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Keira Knightley flashes her breasts briefly for her boyfriend, despite being underage at the time. Thora Birch, who plays Liz, had done the exact same thing in American Beauty.
    • Frankie's fate is kind of hilarious if you're familiar with Keira Knightley's role in Atonement. In both films her character is Dead All Along but the person responsible for it tried to cover it up and give her a happy ending. And in both films the above is caused by a Yandere.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Liz. At the end of the movie she has pinned her own messes on the deceased Martyn (whom she killed) and the police psychologist, leaving her free to go and in an Alternate Ending find another boy to obsess over, this time calling herself 'Beth' and having dyed her now-long hair blonde.
  • Narm: There's Frankie's dramatic crying after Martyn doesn't come back - where she just collapses bawling against the wall. It's so dramatic it's hilarious.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene where Liz finds Frankie's body in the bathroom is terrifying. Imagine being woken in the middle of the night by screams - only to find your friend passed out on the floor, bleeding from her mouth. What's more is that the coroner says she tore her oesophagus and died of heart failure. How long was she in pain for? Did she try to call for help, or was she unable to?
  • Retroactive Recognition: Keira Knightley, who had only done Princess of Thieves and the first Star Wars prequel prior to this. She's easily the most recognisable star in it today.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • The 'let's fool Martyn' scene takes on a darker light once you know that Frankie does indeed get sick and eventually die, the water does go off and everyone gangs up on Liz.
    • There are numerous close-ups and other shots of Liz that foreshadow her manipulations and guilt in the whole thing.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Some people blame Mike for refusing to go get that pizza...
  • Tear Jerker:
    • It's a small moment but when the party lights go out in the bunker. The collective look amongst the teens know that their cheerful discussion was just a Hope Spot and none of them are getting out of alive.
    • Frankie's death is heart breaking. Especially the fact that they cover her with the now deflated pink chair she'd brought down to the party.
    • Geoff's reaction to her death. "I think I'd rather tear my own face off than smell her rot."

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