Monday, October 23, 2017

[Review] Dig Two Graves

The bleak and bizarre Dig Two Graves is a southern gothic horror tale that revolves around one town's treacherous curse. This film is uneven as the ground, but it isn't the worst flick to throw on during a chilly October evening.

When her older brother dies at the local quarry, 14-year-old Jacqueline - nicknamed "Jake" (Samantha Isler) is approached by a mysterious group called the "Moonshiners". They offer to bring her brother back from the dead, but there's one catch--another life must be taken in the process. From there, Jake wrestles with this conundrum and uncovers the dark history of the town.

First of all, this is an impressively shot film, capturing the small-town landscape and geography with ominous and foggy views--stuff that you'd expect from a film called Dig Two Graves. The story, on the other hand, isn't the strongest. For one thing, the tone descends from dead serious to hokey and ridiculous pretty fast. This thing piles on a lot of different elements that don't quite work well together--like over-the-top black magic rituals, humdrum historical flashbacks, and deep family melodrama. It all gets very muddled and overstuffed.

In fact, after its solid beginning, Dig Two Graves constantly feels like it's jumping the shark--or should I say the snake--because there's a HUGE snake in this movie. The story's conclusion attempts to redeem some of the missteps, but by that time, it's already dead and gone.

( 5.5/10 )

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