A24 is on a roll with horror films, especially coming off this year’s release of Hereditary. And they aren’t slowing down, either. They recently acquired Lee Cronin’s directorial debut, The Hole in the Ground, and announced that it will get a limited theatrical release on March 1st, 2019.
Here is the film’s synopsis from its Sundance program notes:
“Sarah moves her precocious son, Chris, to a secluded new home in a rural town, trying to ease his apprehensions as they hope for a fresh start after a difficult past. But after a startling encounter with a mysterious new neighbor, Sarah’s nerves are set on edge. Chris disappears in the night into the forest behind their house, and Sarah discovers an ominous, gaping sinkhole while searching for him. Though he returns, some disturbing behavioral changes emerge, and Sarah begins to worry that the boy who came back is not her son.”
So yes, this is a film about a literal hole in the ground. Yes, this hole may contain your worst nightmares. But exactly lies in that hole? We’ll just have to find out in March.
Some have that this film has a lot in common with Jennifer Kent’s film, The Babadook (2015), where a mother must deal with her unruly, and sometimes unsettling, child. It also sounds similar to Corin Hardy’s The Hallow (2015), where Irish fairies come to steal a couple’s baby. Regardless, this sounds like 2019’s creepy-child-bad-ass-mother movie, which I am very excited for. 2018 was a year for complicated women in horror, so hopefully films in 2019 continue that trend.
This is Cronin’s first feature film, though he has previously directed short horror films, such as Ghost Train (2013) and Billy & Chuck (2011). Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) stars as Sarah O’Neill and James Quinn Markey (Vikings) plays her son, Chris. A Hole in the Ground will also star James Cosmo (Outlaw King) and Kati Outinen (The Man Without a Past).
The Hole in the Ground’s world premiere in this January at Sundance Film Festival, before hitting select theatres March 1st, 2019. Do you think A24 can knock it out of the park again with horror in 2019? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!