A rare 3-D screening of Joe Dante’s 2009 young adult horror classic The Hole will be held on November 30, 2018, at Hollywood’s legendary TCL Chinese Theatre. It will mark the first of a series of planned events connected to Untold Horror, a multi-media brand dedicated to shining the spotlight on unmade, lost and under-the-radar films. The screening will include a special Q&A session with Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), hosted by his long-time friend John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers).
Although the movie – and Dante's work in general – is considered a major influence on popular films and television shows such as Super 8, It and Stranger Things, this quirky slice of coming-of-age terror never received a proper theatrical premiere in the United States and has rarely screened in 3-D. A decade later, Untold Horror will expose it to a whole new audience with this special screening.
Created by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine Dave Alexander and filmmaker Mark Pollesel (along with co-producers Bob Barrett and Kevin Burke), Untold Horror is anchored by the currently in-development documentary series produced in partnership with legendary television producer Mark Wolper (Salem’s Lot, Bates Motel) and filmmakers Tim Sullivan (Detroit Rock City, 2001 Maniacs), Kevin Nicklaus (Bates Motel), Garo Setian (Automation) and Allen Copeland (Night Songs).
The Hole stars Chris Massoglia (The Vampire's Assistant), Haley Bennett (Equalizer, Girl on a Train), Nathan Gamble (The Mist, The Dark Knight), Teri Polo (Meet the Fockers) and Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, The Great Gatsby).
About Joe Dante
Joe Dante is a master of tongue-in-cheek terror, with classics such as Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie and the original Piranha. Having also helmed Explorers, Innerspace and the cult classic Matinee, Dante helped shape the childhood of anyone who grew up in the ‘80s. Released in 2010 but rarely seen, The Hole fits right in with Dante’s filmography, drawing praise from the likes of Empire Online (“a smart, involving, thoroughly entertaining flick”) and The Guardian (“pretty scary...some nasty, frightening touches...expertly encased in a distinctive family-movie aesthetic”). Joe is most excited to finally see The Hole’s debut on the big screen in its intended three-dimensional format.
About the TCL Chinese Theatre
The TCL Chinese Theatre, created by legendary Hollywood showman Sid Grauman 91 years ago, has a tradition of premiering some of the most iconic motion pictures of all time, and thus serves as the perfect venue to introduce audiences to Dante’s unique vision the way it was intended to be viewed. Along with partner Donald Kushner (Tron), Elie Samaha (The Boondock Saints) has owned the TCL Chinese Theatre since 2011 and is attached to the Untold Horror project as a producer. Samaha oversaw the 2013 renovation of the historic movie palace for its IMAX conversion, making the TCL Chinese one of Hollywood's top draws for both tourists and locals in the process.
About Untold Horror
Untold Horror is a multi-media brand dedicated to exploring the greatest horror stories never told – and bringing some of these stillborn projects back to life. Created and produced by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine Dave Alexander and filmmaker Mark Pollesel (along with co-producers Bob Barrett and Kevin Burke), this “fan culture ecosystem” is anchored by the currently in-development Untold Horror documentary series produced in partnership with legendary television producer Mark Wolper (Salem’s Lot, Bates Motel) and filmmakers Tim Sullivan (Detroit Rock City, 2001 Maniacs), Kevin Nicklaus (Bates Motel), Garo Setian (Automation) and Allen Copeland (Night Songs).
The multi-part documentary series will examine a variety of filmmakers, from Hollywood heavyweights to independent legends; from award winners to stubborn mavericks, delving into the movies they spent months, years and, in some cases, decades attempting to breathe life into. Can any of them live again in some form or another? Untold Horror looks beyond the frustration and heartbreak, to celebrate the spirits of these films, the passion in their creators’ hearts, and the other projects – film or otherwise – that sometimes rose from the ashes. We interview not just the filmmakers, but experts in the industry, studio decision makers and hardcore fans to find out if these movies could – or even should – rise again. We’ll also discover that, thanks to fervent fandom, some of them already are coming back to life...
The multi-part documentary series will examine a variety of filmmakers, from Hollywood heavyweights to independent legends; from award winners to stubborn mavericks, delving into the movies they spent months, years and, in some cases, decades attempting to breathe life into. Untold Horror will feature genre personalities such as George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead), in one of his final interviews, John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Joe Dante (Gremlins), the late Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Clive Barker (Hellraiser), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead), Dario Argento (Suspiria), Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary), Brian Yuzna (Society), Tom Holland (Fright Night), Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer), Larry Cohen (It's Alive), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), William Malone (House on Haunted Hill), William Lustig (Maniac), Richard Stanley (Hardware), Richard Raaphorst (Frankenstein's Army), Larry Fessenden (Wendigo) and many more.
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