"“John and the Hole” has a maddening ambiguity that seems a whole lot like lazy storytelling rather than a well thought out narrative. Director Pascual Sisto‘s unsettling story of a 13-year-old who drugs his family and dumps them in an unfinished bunker in the woods is a nightmare tale of young teenage angst, and the film’s imperfections are partially what make it so interesting.
John (Charlie Shotwell, in a chilling performance) is a very strange kid. To the casual observer, it looks like the"
"Barbieri’s unique score that really generates the tense environment, which kept me curious until the very end.
Pascual Sisto’s direction also deserves praise, but until I see his movie a second or even third time, I don’t believe it’s fair for me to criticize a film I don’t wholly understand for leaving so many questions unanswered. Still, I believe there’s a forced attempt at being entirely ambiguous instead of balancing this aspect with more straightforward elements.
John and the Hole is"