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Apr 27, 2019

Midnight Horror Review: The Hole in the Ground


Rated R; $19.98; Amazon
There are not very many horror movies that can actually give me the hibbie jibbies. Sure, last year's A Quite Place and the Halloween reboot sequel were scary fun, but I was never once on the edge of my seat. However, that wasn't the case with the supernatural psychology The Hole in the Ground, which will land on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on April 30th! My expectations are always pretty low for horror films that I've never heard of before, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn the movie is truly frightening!

Directed and co-written by Lee Cronin, the 90-minute movie centers around Sarah O'Neill (played brilliantly by Seána Kerslake), a young woman who flees from her abusive husband to the Irish countryside along with her young son Chris (played by James Quinn Markey). Upon arriving at their new home, Chris disappears during the night and later reappears perfectly fine. Or is he?


After an odd encounter with their neighbors,Des and Noreen Brady (played by James Cosmo and Kati Outinen), Sarah starts to wonder if there's something not quire with her son, who isn't quite acting like himself. She fears something else from the beyond has replaced Chris. Scared for her life, Sarah is determined to learn the truth, which is somehow connected to the huge sinkhole located in the forest near their home.


Final Thoughts

The Hole in the Ground is one of the more interesting horror films in recent years. Yes, the Doppelgänger plot might not exactly be original, but thank to the great acting from the entire cast, creepy music, and creative cinematography, it's a major standout compared to similar supernatural flicks.

Seána Kerslake does an amazing job playing the mother. There were a few scenes where she reminded me of a young Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance in classic horror film The Shining.

The picture and sound quality is pretty good for a DVD. However, I do wish the film was released on Blu-ray. The only special feature is a 13-minute "Inside The Hole in the Ground" featurette.

Overall, The Hole in the Ground is a super creepy horror flick that you need to watch late at night with the lights turned off.
*Note - I received a review copy from Lionsgates Home Entertainment.
All opinions are my own.

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