David Vanowen (Ford Austin) has just moved into a new house after his divorce so he can be closer to his daughter, Jessica (Rachel Alig). He works for a company that makes apps and is a good designer, so despite his divorce he’s happy with his life and ready to move on. The house still needs a little fixing though, so being the handy man that he is, David decides to fix the septic tank himself.
However, while fixing the house he uncovers a hole in his garden that’s holding a corpse and three million dollars. Obviously surprised by what he finds, David realises that he has a dilemma. Although he could keep the money, there’s still a corpse in his back garden and the turmoil over what to do with the money starts to slowly drive him insane.
It’s clear that the movie does want to be taken seriously and deep down it feels like it wants to be a cross between Shallow Grave and Fight Club. However, the actions of its protagonist can’t be taken all that seriously.
The problem is that David’s actions are progressively heightened throughout the movie to the point where they become ridiculous and so the levels of violence become funny similarly to The Evil Dead. However, at the same time Digging to Death takes itself so seriously that the audience may start wondering whether they’re supposed to be laughing.
The low budget of the film can be forgiven considering the concept and to an extent Digging to Death does try to be something coherent. It just feels like the story got away from the filmmakers as they were trying to make it into a horror movie.
Digging to Death is a frustrating movie to watch because the audience is never really sure how they’re supposed to feel about its lead. David seemingly has no motivations for his actions other than greed and by the end it will feel like the entire movie has been a missed opportunity.
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