Demon Hole (2017) reviews and overview

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‘They fracked with the wrong hole’

Demon Hole is a 2017 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Josh Crook (Salvage; Alien Dawn series) for production company Monster Circus. The movie stars Samantha Scaffidi (Terrifier), Samhain, Paris Campbell, Laura Barbiea and Summer Bills.

Plot:

A fracking crew drills on sacred Native American land unleashing an ancient demon. Six teens have to serve community service in the remote forest where the demon is lurking.

They find themselves trapped in a realm of illusions with plenty of marijuana, an abandoned cabin, dark caves, endless woods, and temptation. There are only two ways out of these woods – succumb to the demon or die…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“I loved the mythology of the antagonist. The setting was great and shot very atmospherically. The film has a very good sense of humour about itself. And a lot of the scares worked or were weird enough to be interesting.” Chris Brown

“There are one or two nice ideas at work in Demon Hole. The notion that Molok messes with the minds of the kids while they’re stoned and gives them inexplicable powers is a good one but it’s played for laughs and is anyway thrown away in favour of standard-issue wandering about in the woods nonsense. And there’s certainly a lot of that…” The EOFFTV Review

“Some of the effects are decent though and it’s a nice surprise to see the demon is a person with makeup rather than CGI. He’s not the most intimidating but his look and movements certainly fit […] Demon Hole just drops the ball far too many times for it to be anything but a sub-par horror though.” Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

Cast and characters:

  • Samantha Scaffidi … Luce
  • Samhain … Molok
  • Paris Campbell … Reggie
  • Laura Barbiea … Befany
  • Summer Bills … Tiffany
  • Adrian Coles … Doug (as Adrian Denzel)
  • Steve Lipman … Gary
  • Danielle Brigner … Bobby
  • James S. Euto … Tony
  • Ralph Scott … Kyle’s Dad
  • Joe Balding … Befany’s Dad
  • Karen M. Chan … Befany’s Mom
  • James Harper … Tiffany’s Dad
  • Beth Josephsen … Gary’s Mom
  • Kristina Kopf … Tiffany’s Mom

Filming locations:

Athens County, Ohio

Technical details:

81 minutes

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Trivia:

This is apparently the first feature film to be partially shot on the Sony Alpha a7S, which allowed scene lighting to be as simple as a single lantern or flashlight at times.

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