Wildcard Distribution 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 be in cinemas in 2018.  

Cronin’s feature debut, which was co-written with Stephen Shields, was shot on location in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow last summer and stars Seána 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).

Seána Kerslake

Kerslake plays Sarah O'Neill, who is building a new life on the fringes of a small rural town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey).

A disturbing encounter with a mysterious neighbour lures Sarah into a terrifying nightmare. She attempts to uncover if the changes in her little boy's character are linked with a baleful-looking sinkhole in the forest close to their home.

"I'm delighted that cinema audiences across Ireland will get to see The Hole in the Ground next year, " says Cronin. "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."

Cronin previously directed the award-winning festival favourite short horror Ghost Train. The Hole in the Ground was funded by the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann, the BAI, and Headgear Films, with support coming from Wallimages and the Finnish Film Foundation.