The Hole in the Ground
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Heads up warning, this movie does not have a bunch of blood and gore but there are scenes that I think could trigger someone with epilepsy or someone who has claustrophobia.
I found this movie on Amazon Prime, and I loved the fact that it is Irish and a 2019 movie. I love seeing the recent movies, but I was a little surprised that this was the first I was hearing about it.
This movie kind of brought me back to The Hallow, where you spend most of your time thinking, this is bad parenting. I get it, she is a single mom and dealing with raising a little boy in a new town, but she spends a lot of time trying to be his friend instead of his parent.
A single mother, Sarah O’Neill (played by Seána Kerslake) decides to move her and her son, Chris O’Neill (played by James Quinn Markey) to a new town. The story starts a few weeks after they already moved in, even though they talk like they only just moved a day ago. Sarah knows nothing about her new neighbors (not even what they look like), she knows nothing about the woods behind her house, her friends are just now telling her stories about the neighborhood, and so much more, it’s very odd. We quickly find out that they moved away from Chris’s father, but we never actually find out why or what happened there. Even stranger is that Sarah told Chris that their dad would be following them soon. Let’s be honest here, the boy appears to be eight or nine (maybe I’m guessing low…?), but obviously he is going to notice when dad doesn’t follow! Anyway, one night her son disappears, and Sarah assumes he ran into the woods, so she sets out to find him, which turns into a movie version of the Slender Man game, complete with a jump scare. Regardless of seeing something in the woods, she decides that was a good time to run back and call the police. Soon after finding her son, in her house, she started noticing weird things about him. Chris was acting different, but she couldn’t really put her finger on it. She soon finds out that this has also happened to another woman in town named Noreen (played by Kati Outinen). Armed with this information, she still takes the time to treat this woman like crap every time she sees her. Sarah’s first met Noreen when she hit her with her car because she wasn’t watching the road, thankfully she only knocked the side mirror off her car and Noreen didn’t seem to be hurt, but her old lady face and obvious disorientation proved to be too much for Sarah and she ran off scared. The second time she sees Noreen was after learning about her history. She again saw her standing in the road, and instead of showing concern for this woman who seemed to be lost and confused, she stopped the car and just looked at her. Noreen turned to face the car and that was enough for Sarah’s douchbagery to kick in and she honked at her. This is an old confused woman who is your neighbor, and you lay on the horn instead of getting out and checking on her? Damn, Sarah, that’s cold. So, Chris begins to show more and more signs that he is a Satan baby that should be destroyed, but of course it is only Sarah who notices it. She then sets out to get proof of it, from that moment on she must figure out what happened to her son and if she can, save him.
This was a fun watch, but it left me with oh so many questions! Why does Sarah never unleash her mom voice? We all know she has one, because our mothers have used it on us, so when her son was running away from her into the mysterious woods behind their house, why didn’t she unleash the kraken?
On top of all of that, there is a hot teacher at the school and for some reason there is zero focus on him? What did I ever do to deserve that? When the son asked about the ginormous hole he discovered in the woods, Sarah replied, “It’s nothing.” And they just walk home, satisfied with that answer. Wtf? Wouldn’t you be surprised? Say you don’t know but you want him to stay clear of it? Nothing? It looks like a whole lot of something!
Come on, Sarah! After the weird incidents involving the woods, not to mention the big hole, Sarah goes jogging in the woods…? Who does that? It’s not like there was a nature trail in there. I’m starting to think that Sarah dug the hole herself, which is why she isn’t fazed by it.
The story seemed anticlimactic, as all the juicy parts just weren’t there. How did she get away? Was she not chased? She wasn’t followed? No police ever looked into the fact that this mother was openly claiming that her son was not her son, but also that she willingly left him at school? You left me hanging here people!
While confused, I really did enjoy this movie. I think you should check it out when you get the chance and when you do send me a message if you can answer my questions! Did this movie bring the True Fear? Sadly, no! I was really looking forward to being scared today! Oh well, maybe next time!