Wildcard acquires Irish horror THE HOLE IN THE GROUND, releases first-look image

Posted October 27, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
The Hole in the Ground starring Seana Kerslake
The Hole in the Ground starring Seana Kerslake

Wildcard have acquired the Irish distribution rights of Lee Cronin’s horror film THE HOLE IN THE GROUND.  Principal photography has finished and the film will hit cinemas across the country in 2018.  Wildcard have released a first-look image from the film to give audiences a taste for what’s in store.

THE HOLE IN THE GROUND is Lee Cronin’s feature debut which he also co-wrote with Stephen Shields.  Shot on location in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow over the summer, it stars Séana Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary), James Quinn Markey (Vikings), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting), Simone Kirby (Jimmy’s Hall), Steve Wall (An Klondike) and Kati Outinen (Le Havre).

Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill (Séana Kerslake) is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey). A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.

Speaking about the film’s release, director Lee Cronin said:  “I’m delighted that cinema audiences across Ireland will get to see The Hole in the Ground next year.  It was our aim to capture a really tense and atmospheric story and we hope that people enjoy and respond to it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Patrick O’Neill, Managing Director of Wildcard added: “”We’re thrilled to have acquired Irish distribution rights for The Hole in the Ground.  Lee Cronin is a visionary young director, and is making a truly great Irish horror film, with a career best performance from Séana Kerslake, and a star making turn from James Quinn Markey.  We can’t wait for The Hole in the Ground to scare the bejaysus out of Irish audiences next year.”

Lee previously directed the award-winning and festival favourite short horror Ghost Train.

THE HOLE IN THE GROUND is produced by Conor Barry and John Keville for Savage Productions with Benoit Roland and Ulla Simonen for Wrong Men and MADE – the film was funded by the Irish Film Board, the BAI and Headgear Films with support coming from Wallimages and the Finnish Film Foundation. Bankside Films are handling world sales.