JOHN AND THE HOLE MOVIE REVIEW
Despite Michael C. Hall being a man with a beard who lives out in the woods and murder and death being a plot point in this movie, this is not in fact a “Dexter” sequel. Set in a home tucked away in rural Massachusetts, we find a very quiet and ordinary family with a bit of wealth, considering their house and bank account. Living comfortably away from the nearest town, we have Brad (Michael C. Hall), his wife, Anna (Jennifer Ehle), and their children, Laurie (Taissa Farmiga) and her younger brother, John (Charlie Shotwell). John is thirteen and pretty much has all the telltale signs of a cliche movie psychopath in the making. Expressively blank and emotionless, the dangerously undiagnosed kid uses his mother’s sleeping pills to drug the entire family, haul them into the woods, and lower them into the titular hole, which is an unfinished bunker from some unknown landowners. We then watch John live what he has decided is an adult’s life, while frequently returning to the hole to toss some food and water down to his confused family. And there, for most of the story, they remain. Tessa, Lewayne, Jordan, and T.C. decide if they’d prefer a hole in the ground in the middle of the woods or watching this movie a second time.
DIRECTED BY: Pascual Sisto
STARRING: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Ehle, Taissa Farmiga, Charlie Shotwell, Ben O’Brien, Lucien Spelman, Elijah Ungvary
Tessa Morrison (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Unstabletop Gamers)
Well-rounded nerd and artist, Tessa Morrison grew up in the misty mountains of West Virginia and was constantly ridiculed for being a “weirdo.” Then moved to Austin in 2009 where people said the same thing, but in an endearing tone. Tessa works an office day job, creates puppets and fiber art, cosplays, models for gaming and animation studios, and volunteers for various organizations. One of which is the Other Worlds Film Festival, Austin’s first SciFi film fest, working in the capacity of Outreach Director and programmer. Another is local DIY-comedy-wrestling league, Party World Rasslin’, where Tessa scrambles around stage-handing and doing art department nonsense. Wrote and contributed to website and magazine Strange Kids Club for five years reviewing films, video games, and Halloween candy. Co-hosted a Public Access show called Ladies of Fandom. Previously guested on podcasts Blood Over Texas, Threequel Club, Trash in the Can, Retro Movie Roundtable, and Nerds with Mics.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
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