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The Hole in the Ground (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.

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Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that hides an enormous sinkhole. One night, Chris vanishes, and when he reappears, he seems unharmed and unchanged. But, as his behavior grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah begins to fear that the boy who has returned may not be her son at all.

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Seána Kerslake
as Sarah O'Neill
Simone Kirby
as Louise Caul
Steve Wall
as Rob Caul
James Quinn Markey
as Chris O'Neill
Eoin Macken
as Jay caul
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Critic Reviews for The Hole in the Ground

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (20)

In this creepy Irish-Finnish co-production, that fear combines with more modern concerns about the traumas of parenting in a way that freshens up the soil.

April 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Hole in the Ground is filled with all the tropes of the "sinister child" subgenre, but first-time feature director Cronin... deftly weds it with the same rural Gothic sensibilities that have made Irish horror such a vibrant and unsettling scene.

March 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Well-edited set pieces... this gave me the creeps.

March 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Cronin shoots like a veteran, with buckets of Hollywood style. It's just not, in the nicest possible way, very original.

March 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sarah and her sort-of boy prove hard to shake off. Don't be surprised if weeks after you see this they grope their way into your dreams.

March 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Hole in the Ground never seeks to differentiate itself from the established horror movie aesthetic: we get creepy jangling lullaby music, a decrepitly old hooded women mumbling to herself ominously, bare feet on creaking wooden floors, broken mirrors.

March 1, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hole in the Ground

Despite a few pitfalls, the film soars over most recent horror film efforts (I would place it above Hereditary and The Witch) due to an intelligent approach to its subject and a (mostly) successful exercise of subtlety. It is a great example of how horror does not need to be explained thoroughly, or have elaborate scenes, or even try and reinvent the wheel in order to leave a mark.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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