The Hole in the Ground

Critics Consensus

The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.

87%

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Reviews Counted: 71

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User Ratings: 106

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52%
Average Rating: 3.2/5

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Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that hides an enormous sinkhole. One night, Chris vanishes, and when he reappears, he seems unharmed and unchanged. But, as his behavior grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah begins to fear that the boy who has returned may not be her son at all.

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Critic Reviews for The Hole in the Ground

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  • In this creepy Irish-Finnish co-production, that fear combines with more modern concerns about the traumas of parenting in a way that freshens up the soil.

    Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Cronin shoots like a veteran, with buckets of Hollywood style. It's just not, in the nicest possible way, very original.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Sarah and her sort-of boy prove hard to shake off. Don't be surprised if weeks after you see this they grope their way into your dreams.

    Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Hole in the Ground never seeks to differentiate itself from the established horror movie aesthetic: we get creepy jangling lullaby music, a decrepitly old hooded women mumbling to herself ominously, bare feet on creaking wooden floors, broken mirrors.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • A film operating at a suspenseful, spider-like creep that allows it to skirt your defences and get some distance under the skin.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • [T]his is an impressive feature debut for a filmmaker with more in mind than just monsters and jump-scares.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hole in the Ground

Despite a few pitfalls, the film soars over most recent horror film efforts (I would place it above Hereditary and The Witch) due to an intelligent approach to its subject and a (mostly) successful exercise of subtlety. It is a great example of how horror does not need to be explained thoroughly, or have elaborate scenes, or even try and reinvent the wheel in order to leave a mark.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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