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Valley of Ditches (2017)

Left for dead in an open grave, Emilia struggles to keep both her life and her sanity.


Christopher James Lang (co-writer), Amanda Todisco (co-writer)




Credited cast:
Amanda Todisco ... Emilia
Russell Bradley Fenton ... Sean
Jeremy Sless ... Michael
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandria Benford ... Detective
Sara Jane Mazzocchi Sara Jane Mazzocchi ... Sean's Wife
Andrew Novell Andrew Novell ... Emilia's Father


A young woman bound in the front seat of a parked car watches helplessly as her captor methodically digs a grave in the desert ground. The bloody lifeless body of her boyfriend lies framed in the rear-view mirror, a fate she will fight at all costs to avoid for herself. But this is only the beginning of a brutal struggle where survival could be worse than death.

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Valley of Ditches: Feels like it's missing a huge chunk
12 January 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Valley of Ditches is an interesting film, it's premise is good, it looks solid for it's small budget and it immediatly got my attention.

It tells the story of a young couple who are kidnapped by a religious nutcase who proceeds to kill the boyfriend and handcuff his girlfriend to his corpse. Being left for dead in a ditch can she find a way to escape and find her way through the desert to safety?

After the credits rolled the first thing I thought is how strange the film was structured. It has the opening and then before you know it we're presented with the finale but there is little inbetween. The film has no substance, it's merely has a concept.

For an obscure little thriller it's a passable attempt but its poor pacing damages it, it almost feels like it doesn't have a "Point". Though the films ending is deeply satisfying it doesn't make up for the lack of content, did it need an additional 30 minutes? Maybe, or alternatively just better writers.

The Good:

Great finale

Interesting concept

The Bad:

Some of the cutaway scenes are pointless

Dreadfully structured

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

The fact that so many religious antagonists exist in movies shows Hollywood is aware of the problem

Of all the escape methods I'd thought of, that wasn't one of them

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Release Date:

21 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Joshua Tree, California, USA


Box Office


$35,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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