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“Dig Two Graves” a Bizarre Suspense Thriller

 

Turning a simple plot into a dramatic thunderstorm, Director Hunter Adams makes his supernatural thriller Dig Two Graves wicked, suspenseful and compelling. Having very few film credits under his belt doesn’t show with this professional production that targets the adult teens to twenties. What makes it different from other films of the genre is the storytelling using seamless weaving of the past into present. If you are a fan of the preternatural and occult than this film should be on your list for the weekend.

The movie’s first act opens in 1947 with a pick-up truck speeding at night down a back road somewhere in the South West. The two men in the front seat are a sheriff and Deputy Waterhouse with a man and a woman’s dead bodies in the bed of the truck on their way to the quarry. Flash forward to 1977 and we find teens Sean Mather (Ben Schneider) and his younger sister Jake (Samantha Adler) riding bikes to the quarry. The older Sean wants to show they are brave so he dares his sister to jump with him from the cliff into the quarry below. When he doesn’t surface she rides to report it her grandfather Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine).

Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine) with Jake (Samantha Isler) in Dig Two Graves

The fate of both days’ leads to a story steeped in suspense and treachery. Together the two incidents involve the uncanny testing the wits of all involved as it rakes up a bizarre twist from the past. Director Adams, who co-wrote the film, intertwines the back stories of the first incident giving meaning to the “present day” plot. He uses his camera as if it were a character in the story as he depicts a drama that will often raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

A gypsy seer in Dig Two Graves

Throwing in a number of interesting characters like three Gypsy moonshiners who know about Jake’s guilty feelings involving the loss of her brother. Steve, Jon (Dean Evans) and their older brother Wyeth (Troy Ruptash) taunt Jake into making a deal with them in return for bringing her brother Sean back to life. The scene is very important to the film and Samantha Adler does a good job as Jake as she tries to avoid making the deal.

The cast does a nice job of depicting the film and play strikingly well off each other’s character. As usual Ted Levine knows how to handle a character like Sheriff Waterhouse the key player in the movie. Waterhouse’s violent past comes back to haunt him as he tries to hide it from his loved ones. Levine shows his characters determination to keep the past buried, but his granddaughter’s life becomes a factor he can’t ignore.

Dig Two Graves has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains violence, language, nudity, rape and sex. Not for the meek or naive, the film should only be seen by mature teens and up.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A good film with a lot of action and suspense.

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Samantha Isler, Ted Levine, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, Rachel Drummond, Bradley Grant Smith, Ben Schneider
Directed by: Hunter Adams
Genre: Supernatural Thriller, Mystery
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min.
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Distributed by: Area 23a

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 10 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com