The child-from-hell genre has been beaten to death with the resurgence of low-budget horror in the last few years. Hell, we even had The Prodigy open in theaters just a few weeks ago! (But we don’t want to talk about that film considering its quality, or lack thereof.) It was only a matter of time before A24 threw their hat in the ring, and thankfully director Lee Cronin added a few new wrinkles into The Hole in the Ground‘s script that make it worthwhile.
The following review will be spoiler free.
Directed By: Lee Cronin
Written By: Lee Cronin and Steve Shields
Starring: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, Kati Outing, and Eoin Macken
Sarah (Kerslake) and her young son Chris (Markey) 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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