Not only because it takes place at the beginning of the year, but the Sundance Film Festival normally gives a hint of what movies are the ones to look for along the new started course. And, in the last years, the festival has had a good series of films that have become pivotal titles of the season as it happened with Get Out (2017) last year and Hereditary (2018) current one.
American independent distribution company A24, praised for being the ones who brought to light later essential titles like Ex Machina (2014) or The Witch – The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015), has a new title ready for the Sundance festival this year. The Hole in the Ground (2019) is the name and is the debut feature film of Irish writer and director Lee Cronin, better known for his awards winner short film Ghost Train (2013). Stephen Shields, creator of the TV series Zombie Bashers (2010– ) also contributed to the screenplay.
In The Hole in the Ground (2019), trying to escape her broken past, a young woman Sarah O’Neill is building a new life on the fringes of a backwoods rural town with her young son Chris. A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbor shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiraling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.
This Irish horror tale that weaves suspense, terror, and supernatural folklore into a richly evocative story about the primal fears of motherhood is starred by Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, Eoin Macken, Sarah Hanly, Kati Outinen, and the veteran James Cosmo of Highlander (1986) and Braveheart (1995) fame.
The Hole in the Ground (2019) is rated R for some disturbing images. The 29th of next January it will have its worldwide premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. A couple of days after that, the 31st of January, it is scheduled to open exclusively on DirecTV. Also, for the ones who want to enjoy the movie on a big screen, it will have a limited theater release on March 1, 2019.
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