Jennifer Kent: Creaky Farmhouse and Irish Countryside
jennifer kent: For some reason, Sarah Se na Kerslake flees with her young son, Chris James Quinn Markey to an almost laughably creepy and creaky farmhouse out in the middle of a woods that includes a sinkhole the size of an upturned astrodome, according to Rabble. Needless to say, this spells trouble for a boy who likes to wander new terrain with his toy soldiers. Jennifer Kent's The Babadook and Ari Aster's Hereditary mined similar terrain, and Cronin also perhaps coincidentally favors drab browns and grays that connote lingering evil, which, in this case, lurks in the Irish countryside. Cronin has a more playful touch than Kent or Aster, which offers a trade-off. If The Babadook and Hereditary collectively evoked The Exorcist and Hellraiser, among other works of hard horror, The Hole in the Ground bears a closer resemblance to a M.R. James story, which occasionally leads the reader to speculate on the eeriness of what almost happens. The Hole in the Ground is less of a pummeling sensory overload than The Babadook and Hereditary, but it's also less cathartic than those films. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.