A new film has been hailed as a game changer for the Irish horror genre and was met with glowing reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Lead actress, Tallaght’s Seána Kerslake came in for particular praise.
Directed by Lee Cronin, The Hole in the Ground has been called ‘one of 2019’s first great horror films’. It focuses on Sarah O’Neill (played by Seána) who tries to escape a troubled past by moving to a rural Irish town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey).
An unsettling encounter with a strange neighbour and sudden changes in Chris’ behaviour lead Sarah into a world of paranoia. Could the ominous sinkhole in the forest near their home have anything to do with it?
Seána, who starred in A Date For Mad Mary (2016) and Dublin Old School (2018) has been on ones to watch lists for the last number of years. Her role as this Irish chiller could take her career to the next level.
THE HOLE IN THE GROUND: Creepy as hell, and yet another reminder to never have kids. #Sundance2019— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) January 26, 2019
In its review of the film renowned film industry title Variety said of Seána,
“The rising star, so beguiling in 2016’s underseen “A Date for Mad Mary,” has the kind of tender-tough credibility that makes you anxiously root for a horror protagonist even as you groan at all their unwitting rookie errors."
Sundance-from-London continues, with the A24-bought Irish horror THE HOLE IN THE GROUND. A straight-up frightfest, not reinventing anything, but it works, and Seana Kerslake is a star. My review: https://t.co/MLYjl7WE2y— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) January 26, 2019
Digital Spy compared it to other groundbreaking horrors that made waves at Sundance:
"The likes of Hereditary, The Witch and The Babadook have premiered [at Sundance] in recent years, going on to be some of the most talked-about horrors of the year – and you can now add the nerve-shredding The Hole in the Ground to that illustrious list….. say hello to the first great horror of 2019."
The Hole in the Ground, which was shot on location in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, will be in Irish cinemas from 1 March 2019.