Friday, July 12, 2019

The Deeper You Dig - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: The Deeper You Dig

The Directors: John Adams, Toby Poser

The Cast: John Adams, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, Izzy Figueredo

The Story: In the aftermath of a roadside accident, the line between the living and the dead collapses for a mother, a daughter and a stranger.

The Review:
So, this movie is real creepy. I mean like the deep, dark, unnerving kind of creepy that leaves you thinking about it long after you're done watching. The basic idea of the story is pretty simple. Guy accidentally kills girl and hides body but girl haunts guy and horror movie is off and running. Where the creepiness comes from is in who the line between life and death begins to blur and the three primary characters all end up in a super messed up reality where all the crazy creepiness happens.

In a world where horror has gone mainstream and we now have franchises and shared universes within the genre, it's easy to fall into the classic traps of formula and excess so it was really nice to see a movie that is effective because of how simple it is. The film makers are husband, wife, and daughter. They wrote, produced, and directed the movie as a family, oh and they also star in the movie as a family. I mean this is seriously living the dream to be able to create a work of art as a family and then also have it turn out really really good.

While this isn't their first family film endeavor, it will most likely be the one that puts them on the map and garners some serious attention. I also like how the small town location and deep forest backdrop are also part of the family history which adds another layer of intimacy and depth to the production. Every camera angle, every tree, every street corner, and every bit of the landscape is used to maximum effect in creating a feeling of cold and isolation and I'll say it again creepiness.

The Deeper You Dig is exactly the type of strong, independent production that I hope to find at film festivals and this one has it all. The horror genre should be proud and happy to have a movie like this and a family of film makers so dedicated to getting it right.

The Deeper You Dig is an official selection of the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival.

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