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The Hole In The Ground: 5 Reasons The Ending Was Perfect (& 5 It Fell Flat)

The Hole In The Ground: 5 Reasons The Ending Was Perfect (& 5 It Fell Flat)
The Hole In The Ground is a 2019 Irish horror film directed by Lee Cronin and starring Seána Kerslake and James Quinn Markey. The film follows Seána's character Sarah and her son Chris as they become haunted by the supernatural powers of the hole in the ground behind their house.

Related: 10 Intense British & Irish Horror Movies That You've Probably Never Heard Of

All in all, the ending of the film is rich with rational decisions to a level not often seen in horror films, and, as such, contains a few surprises. This ending is not perfect, however, and, for most of its applauded progressions, there is a less than revered choice lurking around the corner.
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The Hole In The Ground: The 10 Scariest Moments, Ranked

The Hole In The Ground: The 10 Scariest Moments, Ranked
The Hole In The Ground is a 2019 Irish horror film starring Seána Kerslake as a single mother, Sarah O'Neill, and James Quinn Markey as her young son, Christopher. The film follows Sarah and Chris as they set themselves up at a new house in a new town after a suggested break-up between Sarah and Chris's father.

Related: 10 Intense British & Irish Horror Movies That You've Probably Never Heard Of

As the mother and son settle into their new home, Sarah notices that there are several strange things happening. One day, Sarah stumbles across a huge hole in the ground in the woods behind their house, and, after this, she begins to see various changes in Chris's behavior. As the film progresses, Sarah becomes increasingly convinced that Chris is not really her son.
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"My Salinger Year"

The dramatic feature, "My Salinger Year" written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, is based on the memoir by Joanna Rakoff, starring Margaret Qualley ("Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood") , Sigourney Weaver ("Alien"), Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake, Colm Feore and Brían F. O'Byrne, now in limited release:

"...in 1995, 'Joanna', an aspiring writer and poet, leaves Berkeley, California and her boyfriend 'Karl' to move to New York City...

After several of his short stories were published in "Story" magazine in the early 1940's, young writer J.D Salinger was drafted into the Army in 1942, then saw combat at 'Utah Beach' on 'D-Day', the 'Battle of the Bulge' and the bloody 'Huertgen Forest' campaign.

Salinger was eventually assigned to a counter-intelligence division, where he used a proficiency in French and German to interrogate prisoners of war. 

Salinger was also among the first soldiers to enter a liberated concentration camp, with the experiences affecting him emotionally,
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Margaret Qualley: "My Salinger Year"

Margaret Qualley:
The dramatic feature, "My Salinger Year" written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, is based on the memoir by Joanna Rakoff, starring Margaret Qualley ("Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood") , Sigourney Weaver ("Alien"), Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake, Colm Feore and Brían F. O'Byrne, releasing October 23, 2020:

"...in 1995, 'Joanna', an aspiring writer and poet, leaves Berkeley, California and her boyfriend 'Karl' to move to New York City...

"...and take a job at a literary agency, run by a shrew, representing "Catcher In The Rye" author J.D. Salinger..." 

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Margaret Qualley & Sigourney Weaver in Trailer for 'My Salinger Year'

Margaret Qualley & Sigourney Weaver in Trailer for 'My Salinger Year'
"Don't get stuck answering the phone, Joanne. You're a poet!" Mongrel Media in Canada has revealed the first Canadian trailer for an indie literary drama titled My Salinger Year, the latest film from Quebecois filmmaker Philippe Falardeau. Based on the international best-selling novel, My Salinger Year follows Joanna a young aspiring writer who lands a job at J.D. Salinger's literary agency in New York City. She is assigned the tedious task of responding to the piles of fan mail that Salinger receives. Starring Margaret Qualley as Joanna, Sigourney Weaver as her boss, also joined by Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake, Brían F. O'Byrne, Théodore Pellerin, Yanic Truesdale, Hamza Haq, and Colm Feore. I caught this at Berlinale earlier in the year, and it's a solid film, an nice ode to writers and the mind it takes to be someone "extraordinary". Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Philippe ...
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‘Arracht’, ‘Rosie’ lead bumper Irish Film & TV Academy nominations

‘Arracht’, ‘Rosie’ lead bumper Irish Film & TV Academy nominations
Best film nominees separated into 2019 and 2020 categories.

Tom Sullivan’s Great Famine drama Arracht and Paddy Breathnach’s homelessness story Rosie lead the film nominations at the 2020 Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) awards.

Arracht picked up 11 nominations from 15 feature film categories; with Rosie scoring nine.

Full IFTA 2020 nominations below

IFTA is finalising plans for a virtual 2020 awards ceremony in September; there will be no physical IFTA awards ceremony until April 2021. This year’s best film nominees have been split into two categories: five titles are nominated for best film 2019 and a further five have been nominated for best film
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RTÉ-commissioned TV series Smother filming in County Clare - Television - Ireland

RTÉ-commissioned TV series Smother filming in County Clare - Television - Ireland
Dathaí Keane is shooting a new family thriller starring Dervla Kirwan and Seána Kerslake in the lead roles. Ireland’s pubcaster RTÉ has commissioned a brand-new TV series, which began principal photography in County Clare on 10 February. The production, entitled Smother, has been penned by writer Kate O’Riordan (the TV series The Bay and Mr Selfridge) and is being directed by Dathaí Keane. Keane is best known for his TV series An Klondike (2015-2017) and his debut feature, Finky (2019), which won the Best Cinematography Award at the Galway Film Fleadh and was part of Black Nights’ First Feature Competition last year. Smother is a family thriller about deeply buried secrets and their unintended consequences, set in a small town on the wild and rugged coast of County Clare. The story centres on matriarch Val Ahern (played by Dervla Kirwan), a devoted mother who is determined to protect her family...
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‘The Stranger’ Star Dervla Kirwan Leads Cast For Irish Thriller ‘Smother’ From ‘Spanish Princess’ Writer

‘The Stranger’ Star Dervla Kirwan Leads Cast For Irish Thriller ‘Smother’ From ‘Spanish Princess’ Writer
The Stranger actress Dervla Kirwan has landed the lead role in Smother, the noir thriller produced by BBC Studios for Irish broadcaster RTÉ.

Kirwan, who features as the recurring character Corrine Price in Netflix’s The Stranger, will play family matriarch Val Ahern in Smother, which is penned by The Spanish Princess and Mr Selfridge writer Kate O’Riordan.

Ahern’s partner is found dead at the foot of a cliff the morning after a family party and as she unravels the circumstances that led to his demise, she discovers how his controlling, manipulative behavior impacted his children and siblings.

Other cast includes Niamh Walsh (Good Omens), Seána Kerslake and Gemma-Leah Devereux (Judy), who play Ahern’s daughters Jenny, Grace and Anna.

Stuart Graham (The Cure), Thomas Levin (Borgen), Hilary Rose (The Young Offenders) and Justine Mitchell (Cheat) also feature in the six-part series, which
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‘My Salinger Year’: Film Review

A writer writes, but there’s no evidence that Joanna Rakoff can even type when she takes the job as an assistant working for literary agent Phyllis Westberg in “My Salinger Year.” Because Rakoff went on to pen a book-length memoir about her time working for Westberg, who represented reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, we can rest assured that she eventually achieved her goal, but her story is less like Lauren Weisberger’s novelized “The Devil Wears Prada” than it is Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is to say, , played here by Margaret Qualley.

In late 1995, Joanna Rakoff landed a job for which countless readers would kill: She found herself in the position to answer a phone and hear, on occasion, Salinger’s voice on the other end. At times, this notorious hermit and presumed curmudgeon would proactively express curiosity about her, offering unsolicited advice on writing (“Don’t get stuck answering the phone.
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‘The Hole in the Ground’ DVD Review

Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall | Written by Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields | Directed by Lee Cronin

Director Lee Cronin serves up some pleasingly old-fashioned supernatural scares in creepy Irish horror The Hole in the Ground.

Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) stars as single mother Sarah O’Neill, who moves into a dilapidated farmhouse near a remote village in rural Ireland with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey), after fleeing an abusive relationship with the boy’s father. One night, Chris disappears and Sarah worries that he might have fallen into an enormous sinkhole that has suddenly opened up in the woods, especially when she finds one of his toys near the edge. The next day, Chris turns up safe and sound, but his behaviour is subtly changed and Sarah becomes increasingly worried that the boy is not her son.
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DVD Review – The Hole in the Ground (2019)

The Hole in the Ground, 2019.

Directed by Lee Cronin.

Starring Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Kati Outinen, David Crowley, James Cosmo, and Simone Kirby.

Synopsis:

A single mother and her young son move to a rural area of Ireland but a huge hole in the ground near their home appears to be having some sort of effect on them.

Dark forests, spooky children and Irish folklore combine in The Hole in the Ground, the debut feature from director Lee Cronin, proving that horror movies about dark forests, spooky children and regional folklore aren’t quite done yet, despite there being a slew of them in recent years.

Sarah O’Neill (Seána KerslakeA Date For Mad Mary) and her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) have recently moved into their new home in a quiet part of rural Ireland. Whilst out in the woods next to the house Sarah comes
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Terrifying Chiller The Hole In The Ground Arrives on DVD April 30th

Expertly crafted tension and paranoia take full effect in The Hole in the Ground, arriving on DVD April 30 from Lionsgate. After disappearing from his mother, a son returns home seemingly unharmed, but his mother fears the boy who has returned might not be her son at all. From writer-director Lee Cronin (Ghost Train), this ominous, original and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh film “delivers skin-crawling scares throughout” and stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, and James Quinn Markey. The Hole in the Ground DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Suspense, terror, and the supernatural meet when Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside. One night, Chris vanishes; when he reappears, he seems unharmed and unchanged. But as Chris’s behavior grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah fears the boy who has returned may not be her son in this richly evocative feature debut from writer-director Lee Cronin.
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Win The Hole in The Ground signed poster

To celebrate the release of the Irish horror The Hole In The Ground – out now in cinemas across UK and Ireland from Vertigo Releasing and Wildcard Distribution – we are giving away a limited edition squad poster signed by star Seána Kerslake and director Lee Cronin.

Something nasty is lurking in the forest in what might be the most frightening film of the year, a nerve-jangling mix of The Witch and Hereditary.

Sarah (Seána Kerslake) moves her precocious son Chris to a secluded new home in a rural town, trying to ease his apprehensions as they hope for a fresh start after a difficult past. But after a startling encounter with a mysterious new neighbour, Sarah’s nerves are set on edge. Chris disappears in the night into the forest behind their house, and Sarah discovers an ominous, gaping sinkhole while searching for him. Though he returns, some disturbing behavioural changes emerge,
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The Hole In The Ground Coming to DVD on April 30th from Lionsgate

Following its well-received world premiere at Sundance and theatrical release from A24, Lee Cronin's The Hole in the Ground is coming to DVD on April 30th from Lionsgate.

Read on for The Hole in the Ground DVD release details and cover art, and check here to read Heather's Sundance interview with co-writer/director Cronin and stars Seána Kerslake and James Quinn Markey.

"Street Date: 4/30/19

DVD Srp: $19.98

Program Description

Expertly crafted tension and paranoia take full effect in The Hole in the Ground, arriving on DVD April 30 from Lionsgate. After disappearing from his mother, a son returns home seemingly unharmed, but his mother fears the boy who has returned might not be her son at all. From writer-director Lee Cronin (Ghost Train), this ominous, original and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ film “delivers skin-crawling scares throughout” and stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, and James Quinn Markey. The Hole in the Ground
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Movie Review – The Hole in the Ground (2019)

The Hole in the Ground, 2019.

Directed by Lee Cronin.

Starring Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, and James Quinn Markey.

Synopsis:

A boy disappears one night after venturing out into the woods behind their secluded home where a mysterious hole in the ground is located. After a short while, he returns but his mother’s calm soon turns to fear when his behavior starts to become increasingly violent and disturbing.

Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground appeared to be a unique type of horror film with its first trailer release; a film that promised lots of strange imagery with an interesting twist on a concept that we have seen done time and time again. The “child turns evil” idea has been explored in several horror pictures such as The Omen(1976), Children of the Corn (1984), and even most recently The Prodigy(2019).

Although it all feels unfortunately familiar
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‘The Hole in the Ground’ Review

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Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall | Written by Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields | Directed by Lee Cronin

Director Lee Cronin serves up some pleasingly old-fashioned supernatural scares in creepy Irish horror The Hole in the Ground.

Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) stars as single mother Sarah O’Neill, who moves into a dilapidated farmhouse near a remote village in rural Ireland with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey), after fleeing an abusive relationship with the boy’s father. One night, Chris disappears and Sarah worries that he might have fallen into an enormous sinkhole that has suddenly opened up in the woods, especially when she finds one of his toys near the edge. The next day, Chris turns up safe and sound, but his behaviour is subtly changed and Sarah becomes increasingly worried that the boy is not her son.
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UK box office preview: Can 'Fighting With My Family' wrestle top spot from 'The Lego Movie 2'?

UK box office preview: Can 'Fighting With My Family' wrestle top spot from 'The Lego Movie 2'?
The Aftermath’ with Keira Knightley is another new opener.

Stephen Merchant’s solo directorial debut Fighting With My Family leads the openers at the UK box office this weekend, and will look to dethrone three-time champion The Lego Movie 2 from the summit.

The film, which premiered as a ‘secret screening’ in Sundance this year, follows a family of wrestlers from Norwich, as siblings Saraya and Zak work to make it in the WWE. Screen Stars of Tomorrow Florence Pugh (2016) and Jack Lowden (2014) lead the cast, which also includes Nick Frost, Lena Headey and executive producer and former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
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The Hole in the Ground review – superbly scary country horror

Mounting weirdness descends as a mother and young son set up home in the middle of a dark and sinister forest

Here’s an Irish folk-horror that clearly drew the right conclusions from the midnight-movie pairing of The Babadook and Under the Shadow: a film operating at a suspenseful, spider-like creep that allows it to skirt your defences and get some distance under the skin.

It opens with a broadly familiar set-up. Recently separated, subtly scarred Sarah (Seána Kerslake) installs herself and young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) in the kind of countryside fixer-upper-type property that conventionally serves as a magnet for trouble. Yet its foundations are undermined in unexpected fashion, first by the discovery of a vast sinkhole in the surrounding forest, then by the neighbourhood crone (Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen) who pauses her catatonic murmuring to insist that Chris isn’t who he seems. As Sarah briefs
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Exclusive: Lee Cronin and Seána Kerslake take us down The Hole In The Ground

To celebrate the release of acclaimed horror hit The Hole In The Ground, which opens in UK cinemas this week, we sat down with director Lee Cronin and star Seána Kerslake to chat about the startling new film.

After its debut at Sundance last month, Cronin and Kerslake have, by their own admission, been thrust into the limelight with the film which has garnered much praise from both sides of the pond. Here, they chat with us about their experiences at the festival, the grueling nature of some of the shoot and trying to do something different with the horror sub-genre.

In the film, Kerslake plays Sarah, a young mother who has moved to a rural home with a son, Chris (James Quinn Markey) next to a dark, dense forest. One night, Chris goes for a walk in the forest and when he returns, his behavior grows increasingly disturbing, so
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Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)

Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)
Deals include Alejandro Landes’ Sundance and Berlinale hit Monos; Peter Strickland’s In Fabric and Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment has closed a record 14 deals during Sundance and Berlin’s European Film Market.

The titles (full details below) are: Monos, The Nightingale, Colour Out Of Space, In Fabric, The Hole In The Ground, The Brink, Shooting The Mafia, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, Hail Satan, We Intend To Cause Havoc, Galveston, Out Of Blue, Charlie Says and Mid90s

“It’s noteworthy that 7 out the 14 films are directed by women and that they come from some of the
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