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Holden McCrea (Jesse Williams) was a college student and football teammate of Curt Vaughan who went with Curt, Jules Louden, Dana Polk, and Marty Mikalski to Curt's cousin's cabin in the woods. His role was designated "The Scholar," and, though we do not know what measures were taken to fit him more towards his role, he does wear glasses after the summoning scene and show small bouts of intellect (such as calculating distances and translating latin.)
In the cabin, Holden finds that his room contains a one-way mirror to see into Dana's room. He tells her and they decide to switch rooms. After the Buckner Family kills Jules and Curt is persuaded to split them up in their rooms, Holden manages to break through the one-way mirror and save Dana in her room before they go into the basement.
After they escape the cabin, they try to drive the RV away, but are thwarted by the tunnel collapse. Curt dies when he attempts to jump the canyon and hits the forcefield. Holden tries to comfort Dana while driving back to the cabin, but he is stabbed through the throat by Father Buckner and killed.