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With a simple but unconventional plot, “John and the Hole” explores privilege and adolescence with ferocity but refuses any easy answers.

On this episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave, host Carolyn Smith-Hilmmer takes a deep dive into the coming-of-age psychological thriller John and the Hole, directed by Pascual Sisto. A feature-length adaptation of screenwriter Nicolás Giacobone’s (the Academy Award-winning scribe of Birdman) short story, El Pozo, the film revolves around a boy who discovers an unfinished bunker in the neighboring woods of his home. It’s another polarizing film that’s either elevated and engaging or mind-numbingly frustrating, as it tends to ask more questions than it answers. But if you like films that look gorgeous and really make you think, this one’s for you! – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)


I love to see filmmakers take a simple plot and expand upon it to see how far they can push their creative boundaries. What can you do with a person named John and a hole? Tune in to find out!


The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.

Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here

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