“THE DEEPER YOU DIG”— Family, Loss and Survival


Family, Loss and Survival

Amos Lassen

Themes of family, loss and survival come together with the thin line that separates the living from the dead in “The Deeper You Dig”, directed by and starring filmmaking family the Adams Family.

Bogus tarot card reader Ivy (Toby Poser) and her teenage daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) are an unconventional but loving mother/daughter team. When reclusive Kurt (John Adams) moves in down the road, a tragic accident results in Echo’s murder and three lives collide in mysterious and wicked ways. Kurt believes he can hide his secret beneath the earth but Echo, refusing to accept death, enters his mid until he can feel her in his bones. She haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond and Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love still exists.

The film is a dark, unsettling meditation on grief, survival and what separates the living from the dead. This two volume disc set includes John Adams’ earlier feature “The Hatred”.

Echo (Zelda Adams) is 14 when she’s hit by a car. Echo liked black lipstick and old jazz tunes and sledding. She was studying for exams and seems to have the world ahead of her and even when she’s hit, she fights for life.

The driver, Kurt, (director John Adams, who co-wrote the film with his wife Toby Poser) is a loner, partially snowbound in a crumbling house he has long been planning to renovate. He raises some suspicions in the police officers who investigate Echo’s disappearance. Ivy doesn’t trust them to get to the bottom of the mystery. She’s convinced that her daughter is dead but wants to find out what happened to her and help her spirit find peace. Using tarot, she undertakes a journey through the occult in search of resolution, already knowing that there could be a terrible price to pay.

Echo still wants to be alive. She wants to go back to her mother. She wants Kurt to confess – and until he does, she won’t leave him alone.

The cinematography gives the film an intense sense of place. This is a brooding, atmospheric piece of work that points up unforeseen and perhaps unforeseeable consequences to having that one last drink.

Kurt is fixing up a local abandoned property for resale, takes a drive whiledrunk. He strikes Echo and seriously injures her. In a panic, he disposes her body on his property while she still is alive, and doesn’t report the accident. When Echo fails to return home that night, her panicky mom calls the police.

It film works well enough as a ghost story, even if the plot is not much and the performances just merely adequate. What comes through is the passion the family had for their film and how ambitious it was despite such a scant budget. This low budget feature has the three contributing equally to the completion of an interesting feature debut.

The film explores grief in a novel way, using the ghostly specter of a post-mortem Echo to personify both Kurt’s guilt and Ivy’s isolation.


  • Exclusive two-disc set containing The Deeper You Dig (2019) and The Hatred (2018)

  • Reversible sleeve featuring two exclusive choices of artwork

  • Double-sided fold-out poster

  • Limited edition illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Neil Mitchell


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

  • Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack

  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Audio commentary by writers/directors/stars Toby Poser and John Adams

  • At Home with the Adams Family, an exclusive, in-depth interview with the trio of filmmakers responsible for The Deeper You Dig

  • It’s in the Blood: The Family in the Horror Genre, an exclusive visual essay by critic Anton Bitel exploring the theme of family in The Deeper You Dig and the Adams Family’s broader filmography

  • Special effects breakdown with commentary by Trey Lindsay

  • FrightFest TV interview with the Adams Family

  • Hellbender music videos

  • Theatrical trailer

  • Image gallery


  • High Definition (1080p) presentation

  • Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack

  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Kid Kalifornia music videos

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