The Holding (2011)

  |  Thriller


The Holding (2011) Poster

A heart-pounding suspense thriller, set on an isolated farm in England's beautiful, rugged Peak District.


4.7/10
778

Photos


See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


28 October 2012 | dawtrina
Nobody seems to get this one.
I don't tend to review many films here at IMDb, because I run my own review site, Apocalypse Later. However I felt I should chime in on this one as none of the other reviewers seem to have got the point of this film and I didn't want potential viewers to be put off by their comments.

Yes, there are similarities to The Stepfather. Certain scenes are overt homages to it. No, it's not a rip-off or a remake or anything similar.

This is a feminist take on that whole genre of horror movies. The strong characters are the women, all of them. The men are only physically strong, but otherwise weak. That the 'stepfather' character gets ludicrous towards the end isn't weak writing. It's making a point. The only man in the picture with any strength is the one who's too old to do much that's physical.

There's also a blurring of the roles of 'killer' and 'victim'. Traditionally, Aden would be just the killer, but it's shown that he's a victim too, not to elicit any sympathy from us but to highlight that his failings are because he's not strong enough to be anything else. He can't break the cycle. Traditionally, Cassie would be the victim but she's anything but here. Even when she's playing that role for necessity's sake, she's the strong one in the scene. She just can't match Aden physically so she doesn't try.

I'd really like to see what female horror fans have to say about this film, especially those who have been subjected to abuse and found a way out. I'm male, but it seems to me that this would be an empowering film for abused women, far beyond its value as a horror/thriller that doesn't follow convention. I've seen it twice and felt that it played even better the second time through as I picked up on certain details that I'd missed first time round.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Restitution

Restitution

The Lazarus Papers

The Lazarus Papers

Shame the Devil

Shame the Devil

Super Hybrid

Super Hybrid

Crew 2 Crew

Crew 2 Crew

Bangkok Adrenaline

Bangkok Adrenaline

Crash Site

Crash Site

Redemption

Redemption

Last Day of Summer

Last Day of Summer

Here and There

Here and There

Ghost Month

Ghost Month

Paranormal Incident

Paranormal Incident

Did You Know?

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Thriller

Brett Gelman Shares How "Fleabag" Has Redefined TV

Brett Gelman, who plays Martin on "Fleabag," acknowledges how creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has moved TV forward and opened up possibilities for women creators.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

We're updating live with coverage of the Emmys on our homepage. Check back after the show for IMDb LIVE After the Emmys, with exclusive interviews, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com