Last year, I remember seeing an Irish short film titled Ghost Train (available on YouTube) and being very impressed with the atmosphere created by the director, Lee Cronin. I’m no film maker but I have to believe that it’s not easy to create not only that kind of atmosphere, but also character depth, in a fifteen minute film. Cronin’s 2019 full-length directorial debut The Hole in the Ground is no different in that it is a celebration of dark atmosphere and brilliant performance.
Beginning with some clever foreshadowing, we see a young boy and his mom in a carnival funhouse. The boy is playing with the mirrors that make your appearance change while his mom looks on rather uneasily. We’re then shown a very Shining-esque scene; an overhead shot of a car making its way through empty forest roads. The mom, Sarah, and her child Chris are driving to their new home when they nearly hit a woman who is creepily just standing in the middle of the road.