Digging to Death
Thomas Bangert, Vanessa Zamarripa, Michael P. Blevins for Honeycomb Films
directed by Michael P. Blevins
starring Ford Austin, Tom Fitzpatrick, Rachel Alig, Richard Riehle, Ken Hudson Campbell, Clint Jung, Sumeet Dang, Bryan Dodds, Debbie DeLisi, Stephan Singh, Michael P. Blevins
written and music by Michael P. Blevins, special makeup effects by Sheila Mia Seifi
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David (Ford Austin) is still recovering from his divorce, which of
course weighs him down, but otherwise his life isn't half bad, as he's got
his daughter Jessica (Rachel Alig) for moral support, he has just moved
into a beautiful new home, and he's up for promotion that comes in tandem
with quite a pay raise. And then, buried in the backyard of his new home
he finds a box, containing a corpse (Tom Fitzpatrick) and three million
Dollars in cash. Now of course, the very right thing to do would be to
call the authorities - but then again, he didn't do anything wrong, he
hasn't seen the dead man ever before let alone has he killed him, and the
dead man sure enough can't make use of his money anymore, so why not take
the money. But having quite a fortune in his house makes him a tad
nervous, and especially at night he thinks he hears things - even if
there's nobody who could know about the fortune he keeps under his roof.
Also time and again, he thinks he sees the corpse walking around, which he
knows doesn't make sense but freaks him out still. Repeatedly, David just
throws the money back into the box and buries everything again to just
forget about it - but the lure of 3 million in cash is just too big for
him. But the whole affair makes him become more and more erratic, to the
point where it seriously affects his work, to the point where he's fired -
but that's only the beginning of his downward spiral ...
nice genre movie, as it doesn't only follow the lines of a horror/thriller
flick but laces things with bitter irony and making a play on human greed
- and thanks to a clever script that doesn't waste time explaining things
away this works very well for the film without being too on-your-nose,
while direction-wise the film plays with genre tropes and keeps things
tense throughout, while Ford Austin gives a relatable central performance
that remains pretty much grounded until the character goes totally off the
rocker. And all that makes for a pretty unusual piece of horror.