The Hole in the Ground is the fourth horror movie I’ve seen that was released in 2019. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, and I think that’s why it made the 2019 list of movies I probably won’t watch. I’m glad I ended up seeing it as the story is quite interesting. This thriller revolves around Sarah O’Neill, who has recently separated from her husband and father of their son, Chris, and mother and son move to an isolated farmhouse on the Irish countryside.

Doppelgängers are quite fascinating to me, and you’d think I’d have written them into one of my stories by now. With this story, I was sure that Sarah was going crazy from the isolation, and taking the power of suggestion from Noreen when she told her ‘he’s not your son.’ Chris is troubled by his parents’ separation, so it stood to reason to me that the kid was acting out. Doppelgänger. I don’t want to spoil too much and will say no more about the story.

Stephen McKeon’s musical score was tense and suspenseful from the opening scene to the ending credits, which is important for this type of movie. I enjoyed the cinematography and how they used similar objects like a shower drain having the same shape and feel of the crater or how the stirred coffee made me think of the moist soil in the garden where Sarah found…not gonna say it, it’s too wonderful for you not to experience firsthand.

I was saddened that the minimal use of the creatures didn’t reveal more of what they looked like in the dark setting, as they were only visible for seconds. Oh well, not a deal breaker for me, because The Hole in the Ground had so much to feel and experience, they were like the icing on the cake.

I liked The Hole in the Ground a lot, but I do warn that it is more an artsy-thriller than horror. The terror is subtle and not overworked, but it felt right to me, like I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House.

I give The Hole in the Ground 4 out of 5 Stars.

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