A24’s latest horror release debuted at Sundance to positive reviews.
Fear the familiar.
If you’re like me and enjoyed mother/child horror movies like The Babadook and Goodnight Mommy, then A24’s (The Witch, Hereditary) latest horror release, The Hole in the Ground, might be right up your alley. The debut feature from Lee Cronin has been spooking folks at the Sundance Film Festival and now the trailer is here to creep the rest of us out. We’ve got an eerie forest, a paranoid mom, a creepy kid who eats spiders, an ominous neighbor, and a big old hole in the ground, and so basically it looks like it could be really good.
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.
Via Sundance Institute / A24:
Lee Cronin’s exquisitely crafted and sublimely atmospheric feature debut pairs unsettling camera work with a deeply ominous score, casting even such innocuous images as a row of toys or a children’s recital in markedly sinister light. Seána Kerslake delivers an impressively controlled performance as a mother who has centered her strength around protecting her child but finds her devotion overcome by a terrified feeling—that there’s an impostor in her house, and he’s watching her as closely as she’s watching him.
The Hole in the Ground will be available to watch in limited theaters and via DIRECTV March 1st, 2019.