The Plot: Sarah, who left her husband, and her little son are trying to build a new life in a rural town. In the woods near their house, they find a strange big hole in the ground that kind of scares her. Days later, her son disappears for a few hours and when he returns, she feels that Chris isn’t really her son, that something happened to him.
The Movie: In the line of THE BABADOOK and UNDER THE SHADOW, here is another story about a relationship between a mother and her child who are confronted with strange forces and creatures.
From the first images, we can feel that the relationship between Sarah and her son Chris is kind of strange. It seems that she’s a little bit afraid of him or that she is with a depression. That feeling grows as the movie goes on and director Lee Cronin manages to give a movie an atmosphere of dread and claustrophobia. The slow pace may put some horror fans in the defensive, but the suspense grows until the scary climax, where Cronin is smart enough to keep the creatures in the shadows and let our imagination feel in the blanks.
As Sarah, Seána Kerslake is a frightened strong woman, but she failed to get my empathy. James Quinn Markey is the sweet and scary Chris. Together they share the spotlight with the strange living hole and the haunting woods. I recommend it for fans of the genre.
My Rate: 6 (from 1 to 10)