Themes of family, loss and survival intersect on the thin line that separates the living from the dead in The Deeper You Dig, the latest feature written, directed by and starring filmmaking family the Adams Family (Knuckle Jack, Rumblestrips) as well as Toby Poser all of which we had the pleasure of interviewing.
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. Kurt believes he can hide his secret beneath the earth – but Echo, refusing to accept death, burrows into his head until he can feel her in his bones. As she haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond, Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love won’t stay buried.
A dark, unsettling meditation on grief, survival and the brittle barrier that separates the living from the dead, this limited double-disc edition pairs The Deeper You Dig with John Adams’ earlier feature The Hatred, making for a compelling double bill of original, independent horror.
Below Toby Poser, Zelda Adams and John Adams tell us all about their favourite horror films:
“The Witch has had an ever-unfurling impact upon me as a viewer and as a writer/director. I absolutely love the insidious stillness and patience of that film. There’s the temptation of evil lurking from every angle, while the very concept of evil and goodness is warped. Who’s wicked and who’s righteous, and which is the sexier option? Damn, it’s good. “Wouldst thou like the taste of sweet treats?” Uh, yes, please!
I’m also a big fan of The Babadook because the horror, for me, is really about the fears, frustrations, and lionlike textures of motherhood…. manifested as a monster. Such clever film making.
Swallow is a wonderful film. Again, the horror is as much about humanity — its cruelty and power plays— as it is about what is being swallowed. But when she does swallow crazy things, we don’t even need to see the act itself. It’s seeing the xrays after the fact that wields such a blow.
Lastly, I love Basket Case. It’s such a weird and uncomfortable film steeped in the gritty incomparable sleeze of 80’s New York. I love its raw style.”
“My favorite horror film is The Thing. I love the solitude and paranoia mixed with the need for companionship. I also think Kurt Russell did an amazing transition from Escape From New York. That movie was a real 80’s over the top scenery muncher. But in The Thing he and John Carpenter obviously set out to make something honest and real. And reimagining the idea of what a hero is. Plus a head turns into a spider. I mean, come on.”
“I like Hereditary. I like the psychological aspects of it, and how they do the unexpected. They leave a lot up to interpretation, which I admire, along with the hidden foreshadowing they use. And it’s acted like a motherfucker.”
THE DEEPER YOU DIG On Limited Edition Blu-ray 5th October from Arrow Video