6 items from 2017
Dig Two Graves, 2014.
Written and Directed by Hunter Adams.
Dig Two Graves tells the story of a young girl’s obsession with the death of her brother, taking her on a nightmarish journey where she must a face a deadly proposition to bring him back.
Sometimes the road to release is a long and arduous journey for a film. For whatever reason it can take years from the point of completion to the moment where it’s released to its widest possible audience (be it theatrically, or on VOD). It may be to do with distribution struggles, production company breakdowns, a whole other multitude of reasons, or maybe sometimes it’s because the film is woeful. If that is the case then there is either a desperate scramble to re-cut, re-mould (or at worst case) re-shoot or »
- Amie Cranswick
Dig Two Graves, 2017.
Directed by Hunter Adams.
A girl’s obsession with her brother’s disappearance leads her on a nightmarish journey through a small town’s Gothic landscape where she is faced with a deadly proposition. How far will she go to save the people she loves?
It baffles the mind as to how Dig Two Graves apparently premiered at a New Orleans film festival in 2014, yet is only now receiving some form of distribution. That’s not to say it’s a masterful work of perfection, but well, it’s miles better than quite a bit of what gets released on-demand. It would easily be arguable that the film contains a star-making performance from Samantha Isler, except last year’s Captain Fantastic already accomplished something to that effect. However, here »
- Robert Kojder
Chicago – One of the local filmmaker heroes has been Hunter Adams, the director of “Dig Two Graves.” Shot in Southern Illinois in the infamous “Little Egypt” area, Adams took a shoestring budget and created a tense and mysterious supernatural thriller. “Dig Two Graves” will get its theatrical and iTunes release on Friday, March 24th, 2017, and will play in Chicago at the AMC River East Theatre (details below).
The film mixes unexplained elements with a thriller about generational violence that has plagued a small town. After 13-year-old Jacqueline Mather (Samantha Isler) loses her brother in a mysterious drowning, she is visited by three backwoods moonshiners who give her a strange offer…they can bring her brother back to life. This bizarre promise is linked to Mather’s grandfather, the local Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine), as his dark history is tied to the true intentions of the moonshiners. The film is set in the 1970s, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Strong performances and atmosphere elevate an intriguing suspense tale somewhat let down by its resolution in “Dig Two Graves.” Hunter Adams’ low-key thriller is likely to reward discriminating horror fans — while triggering the usual “Borrrrrrring” whines from others — for its emphasis on character and mystery over action (let alone gore). Unfolding in a small town in the American heartland in dual 20th-century eras, as the crimes of one generation come back to haunt its descendants, the film has been sitting around since a late 2014 festival debut. A limited March 24 theatrical launch, simultaneous with an on-demand release, should help raise the profile for a movie likely to accrue appreciative viewers primarily via home formats.
In 1947 Southern Illinois, two policemen drive to a rural body of water in the middle of the night, dumping two bodies into the drink. The younger, more guilt-wracked of the pair aims a gun at his elder, »
- Dennis Harvey
"How far would you go to bring someone back?" Area 23a has debuted a trailer for an indie horror titled Dig Two Graves, from director Hunter Adams, which has been waiting for distribution for years. This film premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival way back in 2014, but is just now getting released in theaters March 2017. Dig Two Graves is a supernatural thriller about a young girl's obsession with her brother's death which leads her on a nightmarish journey where she is faced with a deadly proposition to bring him back. Samantha Isler stars as the lead, with Ted Levine, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, Rachael Drummond, Dean Evans and Bradley Grant Smith. This looks fairly creepy, and probably forgettable. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Hunter Adams' Dig Two Graves, direct from YouTube: A supernatural thriller about the generational violence that plagues a small, backwoods town, set in the 1970s, »
- Alex Billington
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
-The Weinstein Company has acquired the distribution rights for the U.S. and Canada to director Joel Hopkins’s upcoming film “Hampstead.” Written by Robert Festinger, the film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson and James Norton. The project was produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae at Ecosse Films. “Hampstead” focuses on an American widow and her relationship with an unkempt man in the Heath whose lifestyle comes under siege by property developers.
“We’re thrilled to work with Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae and the incredible Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson on this film,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “‘Hampstead’ is a great example of the power we all can have when we stand »
- Graham Winfrey
6 items from 2017
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