'The Hole In The Ground' Just Landed On Netflix And Horror Fans Will Love It
The Hole In The Ground, which has just dropped on the streaming site, has been dubbed 'haunting' and 'superbly scary' - and after watching the trailer, it's not hard to see why.
After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, it drew comparisons to some of the scariest films ever made, from Hereditary to The Babadook. The movie follows Sarah (Seána Kerslake), a single mum who grows increasingly worried about her son's behaviour after he gets lost in the forest.
At first, she reasons that Christopher (James Quinn Markey) could simply be shaken from the traumatic experience, and it's implied that Sarah has experienced domestic abuse - but it soon becomes clear there's something even more sinister afoot.
Things like terrifying old women in blood-stained nighties turning up unannounced in Sarah and Christopher's isolated home, breeding paranoia and confusion, which eventually comes to a head in the form of a giant hole in the ground.
Film bosses said of the movie: "Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O'Neill is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris.
"A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home."
The horror flick is directed by Lee Cronin, whose script (co-written by Stephen Shield) has been hailed for its creeping suspense and masterful character studies - with The Guardian calling it 'superbly scary'.
After its premiere, film critic Rafael Motamayor wrote: "The Hole In The Ground doesn't hide its influences, from the more obvious like The Babadook, to a wallpaper that looks eerily similar to the rugs in the Overlook Hotel, to even a pinch of The Descent."
The movie has been dubbed "a game changer for Irish horror", and it's already been compared to some of the most terrifying films we've ever seen.
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