The close proximity to the hole appears to have changed Chris in
some way, as he starts to act strange and freaks his mother out,
giving her nightmares and piling onto trauma of her abusive
relationship with Chris’ father. The intriguing parallel of Chris'
actions and the hole is put on the back burner, as the film
becomes a clunky riff on “The Omen” or “The Bad Seed,” while
unintentionally emphasizing that kids aren't scary (even if Markey
is totally game for Chris' odd behavior). Or, if the wallpaper
that Sarah adds tothe old house is to be considered, "The Hole in
the Ground" is like “The
Shining” told through the perspective of
Shelley Duvall's Wendy, and her son Danny is the monster.
Either way, it becomes frustrating to see Cronin populate his genre
film with more and more familiar elements, handling them as mere
jump scare material and without adding a signature of his