With genre gems under its belt such as Hereditary, The Witch, Slice, The Monster, and Green Room, A24 has already cemented itself as one of the most impressive and important distribution outlets in the industry today. But that much success comes with a pretty heavy burden–expectation.

Horror fans have come to expect more from an A24 film, myself included. Luckily, it looks like the streak will continue in 2019 as Variety has reported A24’s acquisition of Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground (pictured above). The film isn’t set to premiere until Sundance early next year, but that hasn’t stopped it from selling in several territories already–including DirecTV here in the United States which will offer the film via pay-per-view prior to release. A24 will be handling the theatrical rollout.

Lee Cronin turned in a magnificent short film by the name of Ghost Train back in 2013.

If you’re wondering why there’s so much excitement regarding a film with so few details available, it’s because director Lee Cronin turned in a magnificent short film by the name of Ghost Train back in 2013. It would later be released as a segment in the 2016 anthology, Minutes Past Midnight.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on The Hole in the Ground as more information becomes available, but until then, check out the entire Ghost Train short film below to see what the hype is all about.

Plot Synopsis:

Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris. A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.