Digging to Death (2021) Movie Review

Director: Michael P Blevins

Writer: Michael P Blevins (Screenplay)

Starring: Ford Austin, Tom Fitzpatrick, Rachel Alig, Richard Riehle, Ken Hudson Campbell, Clint Jung

Plot: David Van Owen moves into a mysterious house and discovers a box buried in his backyard, filled with 3 million dollars and a fresh corpse. David hides the money in the house, only to be stalked by the buried body.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Digging to Death starts when David Van Owen (Austin) believes he is in line for a big promotion at work, taking a chance to buy a new home, to start a new life, with the support of his daughter Jessica (Alig).

When David looks to do some DIY, he discovers a dead body, surrounded by money, money he looks to keep, only for the body to start haunting him, as his own life soon starts to spiral out of control, leaving questioning just what is real anymore.

Thoughts on Digging to Death

Characters & Performances – David is an app designer that is in line for a big promotion, which is a good way to recover from his divorce, where he buys a new home. When he discovers a pile of money, he starts to become consumed by the money, with the dead body he finds with it haunting him, he becomes convinced everyone is trying to steal his money from him. Ford Austin is great as the man who is starting to lose his mind, bringing the slow breakdown to life. When it comes to the supporting characters, we get the people in David’s life, his daughter, boss, best friend that all want to try to help him and find themselves in the middle of his bigger problems.

StoryThe story here follows a man that moves into a move home, where he finds a secret stash of money, which he looks to keep, only to find himself getting haunted by the dead body he finds with the money, seeing his life spiral out of control. This is an interesting story that will show us how money can see someone change in a way they would never have imagined, showing obsession mixing with mid-life crisis, when things in life go wrong. The slow descent into madness flows nicely, as we get to just understand how much David is starting to lose.

ThemesDigging to Death is a horror thriller that shows how one man starts to lose his mind when he discovers a pile of money and sees himself getting haunted by a dead body. The new home shows that David is adapting to change in his life, reflecting the change he ends up going through.


Digging to Death is a horror that will highlight the spiraling descent into madness.

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