The folks over at A24 do many things well, but one of their signature moves has quickly become "buying and/or screening a scary-as-shit horror movie at the Sundance Film Festival." This year, they trotted out Lee Cronin's The Hole in the Ground, which our own Evan Saathoff saw, enjoyed and reviewed here. It is, by all accounts, scary as shit.
Today we've got the first trailer for the film, and...well, it certainly seems to back up the hype.
Alright, yeah, this looks pretty good! A mysterious hole in the forest floor, a scary kid eating bugs, dudes getting their wrists shattered during impromptu arm-wrestling competitions - what's not to like? One worries that this trailer might be giving too much away, but...well, nothing to be done about that now!
In case any of the above wasn't clear, here's an official synopsis:
"Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that hides an enormous sinkhole. One night, Chris vanishes, and when he reappears, he seems unharmed and unchanged. But, as his behavior grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah begins to fear that the boy who has returned may not be her son at all."
All of this sounds good to me. And here's some more good news - unlike some Sundance titles, we're not gonna have to wait months on end to see this one: A24 and DIRECTV will drop The Hole in the Ground on March 1st (via DIRECTV and select theaters). That's, like, only a month away! Remember when we had to wait almost a year to see The Witch? That sucked.
Anyway. What do y'all think? Feeling this one or nah? Sound off in the comments below.