Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
Daniel shares one of his favourite Disney films, ‘The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad’, on a new episode of Ink & Paint!x
review, The Hole in the Ground, The, Hole, in, the, Ground, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Miro Lopperi, John Quinn, David Crowley, Sarah Hanly, Eoin Macken, Kati Outinen, Steve Wall, Simone Kirby, Lee Cronin, Horror film rating

THE HOLE IN THE GROUND

★★★

STYLISH BUT FAMILIAR IRISH HORROR

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jake Watt
31st March 2019

Sarah O'Neill (Seána Kerslake) drives to the Irish countryside with her young son, Chris (James Quinn Markey). A large scar on her forehead is hidden by a fringe of hair, and it's implied that she is fleeing an abusive husband. The house she has rented is next to a forest. Sarah soon discovers that a large sinkhole lies at its center. When they arrive in the village, Sarah almost has a collision with an old woman (Kati Outinen, ‘The Other Side of Hope’) standing in the middle of the road, whose bearish husband, Des (James Cosmo, ‘Wonder Woman’), comes to take her back to their house. A few days and several creepy goings-on later, Sarah has another encounter with the troubled older woman, who warns her that her son is no longer her son...

Lee Cronin and cinematographer Tom Comerfeld clearly expended a lot of effort in crafting a dread-inducing atmosphere and nailing down the look of the film. ‘The Hole in the Ground’ has some neat directorial flourishes, like a close-up of Chris’ hand (viewed from under a closed door) as it crawls, spider-like, across the floor of his bedroom, and the visual connection between the hole and the human iris. The expert use of lighting and framing to obscure some of the more supernatural occurrences in the film and a reliance on practical effects over CGI is also refreshing.

'THE HOLE IN THE GROUND' TRAILER

The acting is top-shelf. James Quinn Markey is innocent-looking but unfathomable as Chris (or possibly his evil doppelgänger). Seána Kerslake has an expressive face, with large eyes - all the better for conveying her confusion, uncertainty and dawning terror. Kerslake embodies the dread that would accompany knowing in your gut that your child is not your child, but at the same time not being able to convince yourself of the truth.

The chief weakness of ‘The Hole in the Ground’ is the sheer amount of similarities it bears to other horror films (including a few recent Irish ones). Bryan Bertino’s ‘The Monster’ and Jennifer Kent’s ’The Babadook’ both did a better job with the mother's guilt idea. Sinister toddlers and changelings lurking in the woods of Ireland have already been explored (albeit with a lot less finesse and subtlety) in David Keating’s ‘Wake Wood’ and Corin Hardy’s ‘The Hallow’. Ciaran Foy’s ‘Citadel’ dealt with a parent attempting to raise a child in the aftermath of a traumatic event (and also featured James Cosmo). Even a few of the musical cues are reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ and James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’.

Seána Kerslake has an expressive face, with large eyes - all the better for conveying her confusion, uncertainty and dawning terror. Kerslake embodies the dread that would accompany knowing in your gut that your child is not your child, but at the same time not being able to convince yourself of the truth.

The script (written by Cronin and Stephen Shields) struggles to juggle an inherently interesting premise (is Sarah worried that Chris been replaced by a supernatural entity, or that he has inherited his father’s violence?) with some by-the-numbers, jump-scare moments, as well as a couple of uninteresting or underdeveloped characters. In the hands of a less talented director, this film could have turned out terribly.

Despite its flaws, ‘The Hole in the Ground’ boasts strong direction, cinematography, acting and some eerily effective locations. The sombre, gloomy tone is strong throughout and it holds tension well enough at key points. Lee Cronin is definitely a horror director to watch out for – I just hope that he’ll choose a juicier script for his next project and avoid getting snapped up by James Wan to direct a sequel to ‘The Nun’.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 12/04/2019
RUN TIME: 1h 30m
CAST: Seána Kerslake
James Quinn Markey
Miro Lopperi
John Quinn
David Crowley
Sarah Hanly
Eoin Macken
Kati Outinen
Steve Wall
Simone Kirby
DIRECTOR: Lee Cronin
WRITERS: Lee Cronin
Stephen Shields
PRODUCERS: Conor Barry
John Keville
SCORE: Stephen McKeon
www.TheHoleInTheGroundFilm.com
TheHoleInTheGround
HITGmovie
HoleInTheGroundMovie
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Never Rarely Sometimes Always - The film every teenager needs to see
TRENDINGNEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYSThe film every teenager needs to see
Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry - Celebrating the Queen of country music
TRENDINGWIN DOLLY PARTON: 50 YEARS AT THE OPRYCelebrating the Queen of country music
About A Boy - All grown up 15 years on
TRENDINGABOUT A BOYAll grown up 15 years on
xXx: Return Of Xander Cage - The good, the bad and the ugly
TRENDINGxXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGEThe good, the bad and the ugly
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
23 Walks - A story of dogs, walks and romance later in life
TRENDING23 WALKSA story of dogs, walks and romance later in life
The Pickup Game - A confronting reveal of the pickup industry
TRENDINGTHE PICKUP GAMEA confronting reveal of the pickup industry
After We Collided - Wattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
TRENDINGAFTER WE COLLIDEDWattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse - Fairly brainless
TRENDINGSCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSEFairly brainless
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
TRENDINGINSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
Wet Woman in the Wind - A sexy struggle for conquest
TRENDINGWET WOMAN IN THE WINDA sexy struggle for conquest
God of the Piano - A tale that tickles the ivories
TRENDINGGOD OF THE PIANOA tale that tickles the ivories
Red Pill, Blue Pill - 10 Films Influenced by 'The Matrix' on its 20th anniversary
TRENDINGRED PILL, BLUE PILL10 Films Influenced by 'The Matrix' on its 20th anniversary
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
TRENDINGTHE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
Easy A - Top marks for the teen comedy on its 10th anniversary
TRENDINGEASY ATop marks for the teen comedy on its 10th anniversary
Swans: Where Does a Body End? - An exhaustive look at an exhausting band
TRENDINGSWANS: WHERE DOES A BODY END?An exhaustive look at an exhausting band
Pocahontas - 25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
Trolls World Tour - Poppy and the gang are back - and rocking harder than ever
TRENDINGTROLLS WORLD TOURPoppy and the gang are back - and rocking harder than ever
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us