I love sitting terrified in the dark in front of a good horror film. The older I become, the more susceptible I am to their trepidations; not the other way round, as I expected.
I watch a lot of horror but most of it disappoints. I have a low threshold for being intimidated into covering my face with a cushion, but that’s due to the hackneyed, manipulative crap emitting from my tv.
Thrilled I am, you can imagine, then, when I come across a film that paralyzes me, wide-eyed, on my sofa; one of those movies that are impossible to pause for a cup of tea or a visit to the pissoir because you will be a coward for daring to break the tension.
Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground is a slow-builder that sets out its stall without a moment of monotony – even if you are waiting impatiently to be bulldozed, blubbering, into the corner of the room. The cinematography is often magnificent and the score is damn eerie. Admirable performances from Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo and young James Quinn Markey round off a thoroughly enjoyable indie horror story.
Well, I’m not sure ‘enjoyable’ is the right word.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends that you don’t ruin the impact the director has prepared for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers before you’ve seen the movie.
Of course, I know a lot of you can’t resist…
|THE HOLE IN THE GROUND (2019)|
|Country, Language||Ireland, English|
|Lead Actors||Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, James Quinn Markey (click here for full cast)|
|Screenplay||Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields|