When we last checked on Joe Dante‘s The Hole back in 2010, we noted that it had been a long wait since the film was completed in early 2009 and revealed at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. Turns out that lag time was nothing — two years later, it’s still yet to hit U.S. theaters. But at least now we know when it will.

Big Air Studios has just set a release date of September 28 for the 3D thriller, which centers around a family (Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia, and Nathan Gamble) who move into a new house. With the aid of their young neighbor (Haley Bennett), they discover a mysterious hole in the basement that may or may not lead to hell. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Gulliver's Travels

It’s been a little while since our last movie poster round-up, so now is the time to check out all the new one-sheets that have hit your local multiplex and the interwebs. Posters include: the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels, the 3D video game sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife, a banner for The Expendables, the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the UK quad poster for Todd SolondzLife During Wartime, the Seventh Season of HBO’s Entourage, a Russian poster for Splice and an Italian poster for Joe Dante’s The Hole. Check them out now, after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: Joe Dante’s The Hole

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If you don’t recognize director Joe Dante‘s name, than chances are you didn’t grow up watching movies in the 1980′s. His filmography includes Gremlins, Small Soldiers, The Howling, a segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, Explorers, Innerspace, and The Burbs. The Hole is Dante’s first feature directing gig since Looney Toons: Back in Action.

In fact, you may have read about this project long ago as it was completed in early 2009, and even screened at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. That is where I saw the film. It is a tame but fun throwback to the PG-13 horror movies from my childhood. This is the type of movie that has sadly disappeared sometime over the last decade or two.

I’m still not sure when or if this film will ever hit theaters, as no release date has been announced. I’m surprised that one of the Hollywood distributors isn’t jumping at the opportunity to add another 3D film to their release schedule. And it should be mention that The Hole was filmed in 3D, not post converted.

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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You might well argue that 3D is nothing more than a gimmick but I would wholeheartedly disagree. You might as well say stereo sound over mono is a gimmick or that zoom lenses are a gimmick. The addition of a “second eye” opens up so many new expressive storytelling devices for filmmakers that this new dawn of digital 3D deserves to be taken as seriously as the advent of three-strip technicolor. It’s a popular claim that having seen a film in 2D you didn’t “miss anything”, but that would be equally true if you saw a film down-mixed to mono sound, on a laptop screen as opposed to in a huge auditorium or a color film when desaturated. These aren’t necessarily things you’d know you are missing out on.

The Venice film festival are taking 3D suitably seriously, it would seem with the announcement of a new prize for the best 3D picture of the year. Variety name nine films as eligible, two of which will be playing at the festival: Up and The Hole, which receives its world premiere in Venice.

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