An early film from Lee Cronin, The Hole in the Ground shows his prowess for taking supernatural events and making it family affairs.
The plot is about a single mother whose son inexplicably disappears and then reappears within the course of one evening. It’s after the reappearance that her son starts demonstrating unusual behavior and she begins to suspect something else entirely has replaced her son all linked to a mysterious giant hole in the ground in the middle of the woods.
In addition to the odd behavior, the mother encounters an elderly couple that experienced the same thing she has. The father knows exactly more than he is saying but refuses to accept what happened as reality. We also see different dreams the mother has about her son becoming violent or just being creepy in general. But then her son starts acting out in violent ways which makes her suspect more that her son has been replaced.
Then the final act comes and when it is revealed what is going as well as what is hidden deep in the mysterious hole, it is shown the depths the mother will have to go to save her son. And it will forever cast doubt on if her child is actually human..or something else entirely.
Somethings I felt this film did well was making the fear more personal as well as having psychological elements. For a moment you start to wonder maybe the mother lost her mind and this is just a delusion of hers. You start feeling bad for the kid until it is shown that the mother was right this whole time. If you are interested in wanting to see Cronin’s earlier works or like supernatural horror, then you should enjoy this film. It’s not perfect but does the job. It is currently streaming on HBOMAX if you decide to check out out.
Till next time, stay scared!!