The Hole in the Ground

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Parental paranoia takes terrifying form in this horror thriller. Sarah (Seána Kerslake) and her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) are looking at a new phase in their lives when they move to a new home in rural Ireland. Their house is next to a forest, which doesn't seem too ominous — but a large sinkhole opens in a clearing hidden within.

When Chris vanishes one night, Sarah fears that he has ventured into the forest and stumbled into the sinkhole. Then the boy reappears, apparently unharmed — until he begins to exhibit unusual and increasingly disturbing behavior. Is this the same Chris who disappeared, or has he been replaced by some sort of double?


  • Seána Kerslake
  • James Quinn Markey
  • Simone Kirby
  • Steve Wall
  • Eoin Macken
  • Sarah Hanly
  • James Cosmo
  • Kati Outinen
  • Bennett Andrew
  • David Crowley

Did You Know?


  • The opening scenes shares a shot very similar to on from Evil Dead(2013)
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    • Chris O'Neill: Dad would've killed it for me.
    • Sarah O'Neill: I'm not Dad.
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4.0 out of 5


Feb 2, 2019

[It] will evoke comparisons for many with The Babadook, and while this is more generically conventional than Jennifer Kent's breakout thriller, it still taps potently into parental anxieties and primal fears.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 2, 2019

There’s a freshness to the characterisations, a good eye, and for a time Cronin constructs a tense guessing game as to whether it’s mental breakdown or supernatural forces at play.

Demetrios Matheou
Screen Daily
Feb 2, 2019

The Hole In the Ground surprised me, took me on a fun ride, and returned me, almost unshaken. This was a brilliantly satisfying monster movie.

Metacritic review by Norman Gidney
Norman Gidney
Film Threat