The New Cult Canon presents: The Hole & Gremlins 2

Filmmaker Joe Dante in person! Introduction by The A.V. Club’s very own Scott Tobias.

The Music Box Theatre is proud to host an advance screening of acclaimed director Joe Dante’s latest film The Hole, followed by a midnight screening of his cult classic Gremlins 2: The New Batch!

The legendary director Joe Dante is coming to Chicago for a weekend of special screenings, including a double feature at the Music Box on Friday, August 10th, co-presented by New Cult Canon. Here’s how the evening will break down:

9:30pm: Dante will present the Midwest Premiere of The Hole, his still-undistributed 2009 horror film. The film marks Dante’s confident return to a genre he invested with great B-movie scares and wit in The Howling, Piranha, and Gremlins. Chris Massoglia and Nathan Gamble star as two brothers who discover a mysterious hole in the basement of their new home and, along with their next-door neighbor (Haley Bennett), start poking away at the void. Needless to say, they stir up a heap of supernatural trouble, and Dante ekes both laughs and shocks from this terrifying hell-pit. Though originally shot in 3-D, this screening will be presented in 2-D.

Between screenings: A Q&A session with Dante.

Midnight: Dante will introduce his brilliant 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch, shown here in a pristine 35mm print from his own personal library. After he delivered Warner Brothers a hit in 1984’s Gremlins, Joe Dante got the keys to the kingdom for Gremlins 2 and delivered one of the most gloriously anarchic films in recent studio history, a $50 million exercise in barely controlled chaos that doubles as a Mon Oncle-esque comment on sterile, mechanized modernity. Most of the action takes place in an ultra-sleek, gadget-filled New York corporate office, where the cuddly Mogwai Gizmo is subject to genetic testing that leads, inevitably to an insane multiplicity of havoc-wreaking gremlins. Dante sides with the mischief-makers.


Tickets are $15. (Individual tickets for Gremlins 2 will be sold at the door, pending availability.)

The Hole

directed by Joe Dante starring Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble, and Teri Polo in English

A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins), The Hole is the story of two boys, Dane and Lucas, and their mother Susan, who move to a small town from New York City. In the basement of their new house, they discover a locked hatch leading to a bottomless hole. They, along with their neighbor Julie, explore it until evil is unleashed. To put and end to the hole, they will have to face their nightmares as their darkest fears come to life.

It’s the kind of knockabout, kid’s-eye-view comedy-horror that hasn’t been made for a while, with some nasty, frightening touches, but expertly encased in a distinctive family-movie aesthetic. —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Gremlins 2

directed by Joe Dante starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Christopher Lee, and John Glover in English

The Gremlins are back.

The Gremlins return in mutated form in this sequel. This time they’ve taken over the building of media mogul Daniel Clamp. Gizmo and the humans fight against this new breed of Gremlins to regain control before they escape to unleash hell on New York City.

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