Freak star steps into The Hole

Chris Massoglia is about to swap a freak show for a hellhole. Massoglia, the 17-year-old actor who stars in the upcoming fantasy film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, will next be seen in The Hole, directed by genre veteran Joe Dante.

"The Hole is about these brothers [Massoglia and The Dark Knight's Nathan Gamble as Lucas] who are moving to this small town," Massoglia said during an exclusive telephone interview last week while promoting The Vampire's Assistant. "They're from New York, and they're really bored with their new setup. They find this hole in their basement, and basically whatever your greatest fear is comes out of this hole."

Massoglia described The Hole as a scary psychological thriller. "Each character has something different that they're afraid of, and each thing comes out of the hole and terrorizes them personally," he said. "My character is Dane. I'm the older of the two brothers. And it's me, my little brother and the girl next door [The Haunting of Molly Hartley's Haley Bennett] who discover the hole and have this battle with it, trying to shut it down."

Dante was on very familiar ground—having previously directed everything from The Howling and Gremlins to Small Soldiers and episodes of Masters of Horror—and Massoglia says that experience showed on set.

"Joe is really cool," Massoglia said. "He knew what he was doing, and you could tell just by the way he walked around, talked to the crew, adjusted the cameras. He definitely knows exactly what he's doing and what he wants. He had a vision for how he wanted the movie cut together. And the movie was in 3-D, so it was interesting to see him work with that aspect as well."

The film, which also stars Teri Polo and Bruce Dern, has wrapped shooting. However, it remains to be seen when audiences will be able to catch the independent production in theaters. "It doesn't have a distributor yet," Massoglia said. "It's going [this fall] to the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival. So we'll see."

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