Horror has never been more alive than it is right now and a lot of that stems from the understated indie gems that come out each and every month. They’re cheap, they’re thrilling, and they’re often some of the best films the genre has to offer. Cheap Thrills aims at highlighting the upcoming indie horror films (and some other interesting movies that come our way) that should be on your radar.
A24’s genre output over the last few years has been nothing short of astonishing—each year they’re behind some of horror’s very best films (looking at you, Hereditary)—which is why their latest effort, Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground, should climb to the very top of your must-see list. The Irish haunter looks very on-brand for A24, which is to say, it looks exceptionally creepy.
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.
The Hole in the Ground will first premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before its exclusive DirecTV release on January 31st with a limited theatrical run on March 1st to follow.