The new trailer for The Hole in the Ground reveals an unsettling film the likes of Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (2014). Having seen only the trailer, it looks like a beautiful, stylish horror film that relishes in the charm of the Irish countryside. It may also solidify some of our aversions towards children.
The Hole in the Ground seems to follow a typically single-mother-trying-to-raise-their-child horror film. Sarah (Seana Kerslake, A Date for Mad Mary) moves her difficult son, Chris, (James Quinn Markey, Vikings) to a rural town after some bad life experiences. But of course, that all goes south after Chris disappears near a massive sinkhole.
Here is 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.
They say “a hole in the ground”, but it looks more like a massive crater. This hole would could swallow an entire house, so who knows what horrors lie within it? Also, this mysterious neighbor slams her head into Sarah’s car, so there is something very sinister and strange going on under the surface.
A Hole in the Ground enters a rather limited canon of Irish horror film, but hopefully this film will garner more attention for the films coming out of Ireland. Films such as The Canal (2014) and Grabbers (2012) showcase the talent and creativity of Irish horror filmmakers, but they haven’t received wide reception or acclaim. Perhaps with A24’s support, paired with the indie darling studio’s cult-like following, this film will be 2019’s Hereditary.
This is director Lee Cronin’s first feature film, though he has previously directed short horror films, such as Ghost Train (2013) and Billy & Chuck (2011). 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 will premiere this January at Sundance Film Festival and is set to hit cinemas on March 1, 2019. What do you think of the trailer? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!