The Hole in the Ground Movie Review (2019)
《地面之洞》(2019)影评
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The Hole in the Ground Movie Review

 |  Nick Allen

尼克·艾伦

January 26, 2019   |  

2019.1.26

“The Hole in the Ground” is based on a single idea: no, not the breathtaking crater in the middle of some spooky woods, which gives this Irish horror film its title. Rather, it’s about a young boy who starts to act creepy one day, causing extreme paranoia within his mother. One could even call the title a misdirection were it not for the film’s third act that makes a connection between these two wildly different elements, but by that point my cryptic hopes of tension were dashed. This is a story that errs toward the familiar instead of embracing strangeness, its freaky kid becoming the distraction when you just want more time with the hole in the ground.

这部爱尔兰恐怖片《地面之洞》故事开始之处并非片名所描述的阴森树林中骇人的洞口。影片的开始,你会看见一个小男孩突然有一天开始举止诡异,令他母亲万分恐惧,以及由此展开的故事。如果没有第三幕,我们可以说这个片名严重偏题,但恰恰是第三幕将这风马牛不相及的二者联系起来。这却破坏了影片的诡秘氛围。这个故事落于俗套,毫无新意。观众更关心的是那个洞口,而这个举止怪异的小孩显然偏离了观众的期望。

Sarah (Seána Kerslake) and her son Chris (James Quinn Markey) steal away from a previous life to start anew in rural Ireland. They have a house that’s perfect for a horror movie, replete with a basement where the lights flicker, not a lot of electricity in the hallways, and a creaky nature. But next to their little cottage is something that must not have been on the real estate listing: a majestic, sinister sinkhole in the nearby woods. It’s bad for them, but great for us.

为了逃离过去,萨拉(莎娜·凯斯雷克饰)和儿子克里斯(詹姆士·奎恩·马基饰)来到爱尔兰一个小乡村开始新生活。他们家的地下室灯光时暗时亮,走廊灯火昏暗,气氛诡秘,这一切都十分符合恐怖片的设定。在他们居住的小木屋的附近有一片树林,林中有一个巨大而骇人的沉洞,当然这种情况不可能发生在现实中的房地产楼盘中。这个洞口对主人公一家来说是厄运,但对观众却充满吸引力。

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 own. 

附近的洞口似乎在某种程度上影响了克里斯。他开始举止怪异,吓坏了他的妈妈,让她噩梦连连,还陷入了过去与丈夫恶劣关系的创伤。影片成了《凶兆》或《坏种》的翻版,而克里斯奇怪举止与这个洞口之间的引人联想的联系被放在了次要位置。此外影片还不经意地强调这些孩子没什么可怕的(尽管马基十分卖力地表现克里斯的怪异举止)。而从萨拉给旧房子贴上的墙纸来看,这部影片就像温蒂(谢利·杜瓦尔饰)视角的《闪灵》,她的儿子丹尼就是那个魔鬼。不管从以上哪个角度来分析,克罗尔的表现都令人颇为失望,他的类型片越来越趋同,充斥着观众烂熟的套路,纯粹为了达到惊吓的效果,一惊一乍,毫无个人特色。

Seána Kerslake provides a tangible emotional arc, portraying a mother who is progressively disturbed by the presence of her child but is also afraid of completely cutting him off. Somewhere in this story, Cronin and co-writer are picking at how kids changing before parents’ eyes, and while that does not come to fruition, you do get a sense of the terror of being stuck with someone you do not know, and the nightmarish helplessness of people not believing you.

莎娜·凯斯雷克倾注了饱满的情感,塑造了一位母亲的形象,她一方面为儿子的出现而心惊胆战,一方面又担心和儿子完全断绝联系。克罗尔和其他编剧们在这个故事中时不时展现一下孩子在父母面前的变化,虽然效果不尽如人意,但观众还是能感受到被陌生人死死缠住的恐惧感和不被人信任的深深的无力感。

Though Cronin and Stephen Shields' script displays some compelling symmetry in its articulation of the terrifying concept of people we know the best looking unfamiliar, and has a clear visual motif (the presence of mirrors and distortions, kicking off with Chris looking at himself in a fun house mirror), it becomes frustrating to wait for this horror movie to be more than just loud. What “The Hole in the Ground” has more consistently than scares is a good score by Stephen McKeon, which is more disturbing in sound than how the film looks. With shrieking strings that feel more prepped to attack you before anything on-screen does, they can be the most uneasy part of the tale, as numerous scenes create a tension that’s then diffused by a lame cut to the next scene. “The Hole in the Ground” might think that it’s piling on tension to the story with these crescendoing passages, but instead it feels like music is just being used to fill in its many gaps.

尽管克罗尔和史蒂芬·希尔兹的剧本极为恰当地展现了“最熟悉的人变得陌生”这一恐怖元素,同时呈现出明确的视觉主题(镜子和扭曲的镜像,比如影片前期克里斯在哈哈镜前看自己),但整部影片除了音效响亮再无其他亮点,这也颇令观众失望。这部影片中史蒂芬麦克恩的音效是个加分项,音效胜于画面,令此片不同于惊悚片。《地面之洞》中音效是全片最扣人心弦的部分,在恐怖画面出现前,惊悚的音效就先令你毛骨悚然。一幕幕画面营造出一种紧张感,这种紧张感随着转场到下一幕扩散开来。导演或许觉得这种渐强的音效有助于营造氛围,但在观众看来,这些音效不过是为了填补剧情的空白。

This review was filed from the Sundance Film Festival. 

本文来源于圣丹斯电影节。

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