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The Hole in the Ground is a gem of a horror-thriller featuring a tremendous performance from Seána Kerslake whom I hope to see more of especially Stateside.

 

 

The Hole in the Ground
(2019)

Genre(s): Horror
Lionsgate | R – 90 min. – $19.98 | April 30, 2019

Date Published: 04/25/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Lee Cronin
Writer(s): Lee Cronin & Stephen Shields (written by)
Cast: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Region(s): 1

 

THE MOVIE – 3.75/5


Plot Synopsis: Sarah (SEANA KERSLAKE) and her young son Chris (JAMES QUINN MARKEY) move to a new home in the Irish  countryside. One night, Chris vanishes; when he reappears, he seems unharmed and unchanged. But as Chris’s behavior grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah fears the boy who has returned may not be her son.

Quick Hit Review: If one were to read the synopsis or just look at the cover, The Hole in the Ground looks and sounds familiar and you wouldn’t be wrong. This is yet another killer kids horror movie, this one coming out of Ireland. But even though I have seen similar movies in the past, like Children of the Corn and The Good Son, I found this incarnation to be rather well done, even if there are few explanations on what exactly is happening.

It does, however, tackle issues rarely pursued, especially in horror, concerning mental health, as we see Seana Kerslake’s character and her mental decent as she begins to realize (or perhaps just believes?) her son is an imposter. Kerslake in particular gives a great performance, never going over-the-top and making her emotions feel real even when the film goes down a fantastical route. James Quinn Markey, making his feature film debut, was decent enough, but like clowns, it’s really not hard to make a kid utterly creepy and scary…

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5


There is only a behind-the-scenes Inside The Hole in the Ground making-of featurette.

 

VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 4.0/5


Lionsgate releases The Hole in the Ground onto DVD presented with a 16×9 enhanced 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and given a standard but decent Dolby Digital 5.1 track which does feature some modest depth during the eerie scenes.

OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, The Hole in the Ground is a gem of a horror-thriller featuring a tremendous performance from Seána Kerslake whom I hope to see more of especially Stateside. While sometimes the plot doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I still found it engaging.
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