On this episode of The Horror Obsessive Podcast, my co-host Sean Parker and I prepare for Evil Dead Rise in the best way possible—by talking about a movie that has nothing to do with the Evil Dead franchise. We discuss the 2019 gem The Hole in the Ground, the feature directorial debut from Evil Dead Rise director Lee Cronin, and, as always, we have a ton of fun doing it.
The Hole in the Ground is a fascinating film about a woman whose son gets replaced by a changeling. On the surface, it seems pretty generic and fundamentally goes over typical tropes you’d expect from a changeling movie. But, if you dig deeper, you’ll find it contains a world of meaning. It masterfully uses its standard horror tropes to craft a beautiful metaphor about the horrors of being a parent, and just about everything in it is part of that metaphor.
On top of that, we also discuss why we think Lee Cronin was chosen to direct this latest Evil Dead film. In particular, we highlight the movie’s creepy visuals and some of its character dynamics, so even though The Holy in the Ground is very different from your typical Evil Dead fare, it made both of us very confident that Lee Cronin would knock it out of the park with Evil Dead Rise.
As usual, we also discuss some of the latest trailers and new releases in the horror world to help you stay up-to-date with the genre. For instance, we talk a bit about Sean’s now-infamous review of Nefarious, what’s showing at Panic Fest, and how much we loved the new trailer for Insidious: The Red Door.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Sean and I had a great time talking about The Hole in the Ground, and we hope you’ll have just as much fun listening to us. And if you enjoy this conversation, join us again in two weeks for our next episode, when we celebrate Mother’s Day by talking about the 1980 slasher classic (and I use that word very loosely!) Mother’s Day.