Review: 'The Deeper You Dig" is a Low-Budget, Atmospheric Success

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Oct 29, 2020
Review: 'The Deeper You Dig" is a Low-Budget, Atmospheric Success

In the category known as "Less Is More," a low-budget film made in 2019 proves that a successful indie horror movie can still be made. "The Deeper You Dig," like its title implies, deals with several themes yet doesn't come across as convoluted or preachy. Arrow Video does a splendid job in a 2-disc Blu-ray to please even the most jaded horror movie viewer.

The word atmospheric comes to mind when watching "The Deeper You Dig," and the film's inexpensive filming approach works in its favor. Ivy (Toby Poser) and Echo (Zelda Adams) are mother and daughter, a loving family who leads a seemingly simple life. Mother works as a tarot reader, who schemes the locals out of their money as they grieve over losing loved ones.

In the dead of winter, Echo decides to go sledding, disobeying her mother's wishes. The reclusive Kurt (John Adams) accidentally hits Echo with his vehicle and panics to hide the body. But it seems her body wasn't buried deep enough as Echo's ghost haunts Kurt wherever he goes.

The grief of a mother losing her child has never been presented so honestly before in a horror film than in "The Deeper You Dig." It also helps to be aware that the actors in the film are an actual family in real life, adding to the theme of loss.

In the special features section of the Blu-ray, "At Home With the Adams Family" features interviews with the three family members responsible for creating "The Deeper You Dig."

A separate disc houses the Adams' other family affair horror film "The Hatred."

"The Deeper You Dig" is out on Blu-ray from Arrow Video on October 29, 2020

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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