The Hole in the Ground / Lee Cronin

  • Country and year: Ireland 2019
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Director: Lee Cronin
  • Writer: Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields
  • Producer(s): Conor Barry, John Keville, Benoit Roland, Ulla Simonen
  • Cinematographer: Tom Comerford
  • Music: Stephen McKeon
  • Cast: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Simone Kirby, Kati Outinen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Finnish
  • Format: DCP

“Superbly scary country horror”
– Mike McCahill / The Guardian

“Good, old-fashioned scares”
– Kim Newman / Empire

“Spooky, suspenseful”
– Leslie Felperin / The Hollywood Reporter

“Manages to scare the shit out of you”
– Chris Evangelista / SlashFilm

“Brilliantly satisfying”
– Norman Gidney / Film Threat


“Try as we might to dissuade vulnerable young parents in the movies from relocating their families to rambling, deserted homes in the countryside, preferably on the edge of a dark, looming forest, sometimes they simply have to learn for themselves. Happily, Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground is largely in on the joke, putting the agonized single mom at its center through a veritable spin cycle of familiar horror dilemmas and distractions — a haunted child, a creaking house, a ghostly neighbor, even a mysterious, beckoning sinkhole — and seeing how she comes out of the wash. Thanks to the resourceful Seána Kerslake in the lead, she fares rather well, and so does Cronin: The Irishman’s trim, jumpy debut feature rewrites no genre rules, but abounds in bristly calling-card atmospherics.” – Guy Lodge / Variety

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