The Hole in the Ground (2019)

A mother must find out if her son is a changeling creature!
A mother must find out if her son is a changeling creature!

Single mother Sarah (Seána Kerslake), who is living in a rented house in the Irish countryside, starts to suspect that her son Chris (James Quinn Markey) is not actually her real son…

She begins to think that Chris’ odd, disturbing behaviour might somehow be connected to the big sinkhole located in the forest just behind their house.

The sinkhole
The sinkhole
Poster
Poster

THE HOLE IN THE GROUND was directed by Lee Cronin, written by Stephen Shields & Lee Cronin, with fine cinematography by Tom Comerford.

Creepy local old woman Noreen Brady... just before she starts bashing her head against the car window
Creepy local old woman Noreen Brady… just before she starts bashing her head against the car window

This is a slow burn supernatural horror story that’s well handled, with some disquieting moments, including shots of victims lying on the ground with just their heads buried beneath the soil.

There's something disturbing about the character JUST having her head buried under the ground
I think there’s something really disturbing about the character JUST having her head buried under the ground
Noreen's corpse lies with her head beneath the soil
Noreen’s corpse lies with her head beneath the soil

The movie is a variation on the changeling myth, with Sarah realising that her son has been replaced by a shapeshifting creature. During the finale we get to see some of these beings when Sarah enters the sinkhole to search for her actual son.

Aerial view of the sinkhole
Aerial view of the sinkhole
Crawling through a tunnel
Crawling through a tunnel
The featureless creatures beneath the sinkhole
The featureless creatures beneath the sinkhole

A nice touch is the idea that changelings reveal their true selves when viewed in a mirror. At one point Sarah holds a mirror near to her son’s face and sees a hideous creature reflected back!

The creature's true appearance is revealed in the mirror's reflection
The creature’s true appearance is revealed in the mirror’s reflection

These creatures, as briefly shown at the end, are featureless humanoids… until they touch you, after which they can acquire your appearance, which happens when one of them grabs hold of Sarah.

The face of one of the formless beings dwelling in the sinkhole
The face of one of the formless beings dwelling in the sinkhole
A creature's hand grabs Sarah's arm
A creature’s hand grabs Sarah’s arm

I do think that Cronin relies too much on endless close-up shots of the heroine’s distraught face, and the pace should have been upped in the third act, but he imbues the film with a creepy atmosphere and obviously did a good enough job to snag the directing gig for EVIL DEAD RISE, which is coming out this year.

Here are some posters for the film…

Irish poster
Irish poster
UK poster
UK quad poster
US poster
Ukrainian poster
Ukrainian poster
Irish poster
Irish poster
Bolivian poster
Bolivian poster
German poster
German poster
Japanese poster
Japanese poster

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