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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Deeper You Dig: Special Edition'
(John Adams, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, et al / 2-Disc Blu-ray / NR / (2019) 2020 / Arrow Video - MVD Visual)

Overview: Bogus tarot card reader Ivy (Toby Poser) and her teenage daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) are an unconventional but loving mother/daughter team.

But when reclusive Kurt (John Adams) moves in down the road, a tragic accident results in Echo’s murder, causing three lives to collide in mysterious and wicked ways.

Blu-ray Verdict: In this film, and one whose entire production was a family affair, having been written, directed, and produced by John Adams, his wife Toby Poser, and their daughter, Zelda; who all, in turn, star, shoot, and compose the films score, we get brought forth a dark, unsettling meditation on grief, survival and the brittle barrier that separates the living from the dead.

Ivy Allen (Toby Poser) is a medium who has lost her sight, but still practices the Tarot business. Her goth fourteen-year-old daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) likes to sled in upstate New York.

Kurt Miller (John Adams), their new neighbor, is restoring a house. He's the kind of guy that eats out all the time, drinks, drives a truck, and doesn't slow down when he sees deer crossing the road.

Sadly, he runs into Echo, but immediately has issues burying the body in frozen ground. Much like a Poe tale, he is haunted and starts to crawl within himself, whilst at the same time knowing full well he has to deal with the real world and all the questions that are now coming his way.

Ivy senses that her daughter is dead and her suspicions fall instinctively on Kurt. With the fires of anger and revenge both now flowing equally within her, she knows, sooner or later, and no matter what everybody else can, in this case, cannot prove, one way or another, Kurt will pay for what he has done.

Beautifully shot in a wondrous, and apt minimalistic fashion, and one very reminiscent, to me, of 'The Shining,' the eerie snowy setting combines majestically with the overall sense of quiet, stoic loneliness.

Inclusive of what can only be described as "nightmarish phantasmal" scenes that depict the dark and unknown side of the afterlife (or the cosmos, if interpreting as a Lovecraft devotee), we unerringly watch in as the antagonist is slowly driven mad; and, trust me, at times, well, it is not pleasant viewing and can be upsetting to behold.

However, this all combined is how one can "see" the whole picture come together and, thankfully not liberally scattered jump scares throughout, the plot unfolds nicely; although there are some traditional scares to lovingly behold, of course.

In conclusion, 'The Deeper You Dig' an admittedly slow-burning, psychological piece, but it comes complete with a gory, violent, and highly satisfying climax and twist at the end! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Exclusive 2-Disc set containing 'The Deeper You Dig' (2019) and 'The Hatred' (2018).

DISC ONE – 'The Deeper You Dig'
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by writers/directors/stars Toby Poser and John Adams
At Home with the Adams Family, an exclusive, in-depth interview with the trio of filmmakers responsible for The Deeper You Dig
It’s in the Blood: The Family in the Horror Genre, an exclusive visual essay by critic Anton Bitel exploring the theme of family in The Deeper You Dig and the Adams Family’s broader filmography
Special effects breakdown with commentary by Trey Lindsay
FrightFest TV interview with the Adams Family
Hellbender Music Videos
Theatrical Trailer
Image Gallery

DISC TWO – 'The Hatred'
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Kid Kalifornia music videos

+ Reversible sleeve featuring two exclusive choices of artwork
Limited edition illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Neil Mitchell

Official Purchase Link

Official HD Trailer