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The Hole in the Ground: It’s a scary, starey Irish horror

Lee Cronin certainly lays out his stall in the opening scenes of his debut feature. The drone shots of a car driving through wooded exterior point towards Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Sure enough, children will endure possession in remoter parts of the countryside.

There are more clues as to what’s afoot in an early sequence that finds Sarah (Seána Kerslake) and Chris (James Quinn Markey), her nervy son, enjoying malarkey in a hall of distorted mirrors (do such things still exist?). The weird reflections hint at looming personality eruptions. You’ve seen The Babadook and We Need to Talk About Kevin. You know how the pressures of child rearing provide the material for psychological horror. But that sequence signifies something else.

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