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Dig Two Graves movie review: and bury this deep

Dig Two Graves red light

MaryAnn’s quick take…
Muddy and muddled 70s-style backwoods gothic Americana only comes to life when it rises to the accidentally silly. Little more than an incoherent showreel.tweet
I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about girls
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller,” they said. “A young girl’s obsession,” they said. “A nightmarish journey,” they said. I would like to see that movie. Dig Two Graves is not it. Young teen Jake (Samantha Isler) is not obsessed over the accidental death of her brother, just normally sad. When she meets the creepy carnival-esque trickster magicians who offer to bring her brother back from the dead, she mostly runs away from them — maybe that’s the “journey”? — and when she isn’t running away, she’s remarkably matter-of-fact about them. American writer-director Hunter Adams, in his second feature, seems to believe that muddy and muddled 70s-style exploitation imagery of backwoods gothic Americana,tweet with some satanic rituals and gypsy magic mixed it, make a movie, and yet remarkably, even this would-be luridness is yawn-inducing dull: it only comes to bit of life when it rises to the accidentally silly.tweet What a shame to waste such a great actor as Ted Levine (Bleed for This), here playing Jake’s sheriff grandfather, on what is little more than an incoherent showreel. The title doesn’t even make sense. It’s a Chinese proverb, a warning about seeking revenge (ie, you end up dead too), but it’s not clear to whom that title-warning is addressed. Jake is not seeking revenge, nor is her grandfather. It might be applicable to the tricksters, yet if they are meant to be not villainous monsters but somehow sympathetic anti-heroes, then boy oh boy, that does not come across at all. Incoherent may be actually too kind.


red light 1 star

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Dig Two Graves (2017) | directed by Hunter Adams
US/Can release: Mar 24 2017 (VOD same day)

MPAA: not rated

viewed at home on a small screen

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

If you’re tempted to post a comment that resembles anything on the film review comment bingo card (now updated for 2017’s trolls!) you might want to reconsider.

  • WipedAndReady

    Incoherent definitely sums up this under-baked “horror” thriller.

    The subplots about the Mother (baby on the way) and the bullying went absolutely nowhere. Remind me, what happened to “Jake’s” Dad?

    One of those films that jumps back and forth through time, literally as characters are taking forward steps, for reasons never made clear.

    Just a standard, sub-standard nothing film about “the past coming back to haunt” some vile bastard who deserved a comeuppance, his partner “haunted” by his own inaction, and a girl who “comes of age” (as some critics describe this turkey) by watching an Appalachian Romani speak what sounds like Egyptian and bite heads off of conjured up snakes.

    Skip this twaddle, and watch “Creep” or “Bone Tomahawk” or even “Gremlins 2.” At least those will keep you entertained, and maybe suspenseful as to what happens next. “Dig” is dull as dishwater.

  • Cory Cutchens

    “The title doesn’t even make sense. It’s a Chinese proverb, a warning about seeking revenge (ie, you end up dead too), but it’s not clear to whom that title-warning is addressed. Jake is not seeking revenge, nor is her grandfather.”

    Did you even watch the movie?

  • Oops, you got me! I never watch the movies. Shhhh: don’t tell anyone!

  • Cory Cutchens

    Why review movies then. You made this movie seem horrible, even the the review above me. People need to take movies for what they are and not try to compare them to movies that are deemed in the “same” category.

  • Oh dear. You don’t really think that I don’t watch the movies, that I’ve been fooling readers for 20 years, and that I finally reveal my secret to *you*?

    You made this movie seem horrible

    Because it *is* horrible.

    People need to take movies for what they are and not try to compare them to movies that are deemed in the “same” category.

    I didn’t do that. Did you even read my review? Did *you* even see the movie?

  • Cory Cutchens

    You’ve been doing this 20 years and you’re still reviewing movies here. You don’t know what you’re talking about in purely critic terms if you think this movie is horrible. And I said “even the review above me”, like damn ******you****** really have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Cory Cutchens

    And how do you know not understand the title and how it applies if you’ve been doing this for “20” years.

  • Like damn, why can’t you tell me why you think that movie isn’t horrible, and what the title means?

    Also you might want to work on your prose, because I have no idea what “even the review above me” is supposed to refer to, because it clearly is meant to imply something *other* than my review to which you are responding.

  • You’re about to get deleted as a troll if you are unable to carry on a grownup conversation.

  • Cory Cutchens

    The title Dig Two Graves, a proverb that warns about seeking revenge. Wyeth, was the little kid from the flashbacks and watched the sheriff kill his parents. He did finally get revenge but wound up digging his own grave too? How did a critic not understand that?

  • You’re suggesting that the title refers to someone other than the main character(s)?

  • Cory Cutchens

    i just said what the title refers to

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