SOMETHING IN THE DIRT is the new sci-fi horror movie from the amazing filmmaker duo of Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. It’s a return to their roots, but not their strongest. Read our full Something in the Dirt movie review here!

SOMETHING IN THE DIRT is a sci-fi horror movie by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. Let me preface this entire review by saying that I love their style and stories. I seem to always enjoy their movies and find that I’m unable to really let them go.

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So yeah, it’s safe to say that I’m a fan of this filmmaker duo. If you are too, you’ll definitely want to watch their latest production.

Continue reading our Something in the Dirt movie review below. It’ll be out in UK and US theaters from November 5, 2022.

Keeping it strong and simple

Making a sci-fi horror movie and keeping it simple is no small feat. Especially when doing a low-budget production where it’s all about making it seem both homemade and high quality. However, Something in the Dirt is very homemade and still has a very high production quality.

It’s made by professional filmmakers who have worked with low-budget before, which is why the result is still so strong.

The simple premise of having two neighbors John (Aaron Moorhead) and Levi (Justin Benson) witness a supernatural event in their Los Angeles apartment building, is a stroke of pure genius. The two neighbors-turned-friends quickly realize that this is their shot at fame and fortune.

That’s why they begin documenting this paranormal event. As it turns out, this project is not without dangers. Both in regards to the strange phenomena (be it supernatural or paranormal) and their relationship.

Something In The Dirt – Movie Review

A very meta sci-fi horror

In many ways, Something in the Dirt is a return to their roots; Low-budget and very much a DIY project built on a desire to create interesting and intriguing movies. This one also succeeds as such, but it’s not their strongest.

What I did really enjoy about it still, was the layer of meta. The movie is shot like a documentary. Complete with commenting on how things evolved – and where it went wrong – along the way.

In that sense, it’s a very meta take on sci-fi horror and all those documentaries based on true stories. Even a show like Unsolved Mysteries is a relevant reference. But make no mistake, it is definitely a sci-fi horror movie!

Watch Something in the Dirt in theaters

As already mentioned, this movie comes from the filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. They’ve co-directed the movie which was written by Justin Benson. If you’re not familiar with them as filmmakers, then be sure to check out movies like Spring (2014) and The Endless (2017).

They’ve also worked on a few series in recent years, so you may have already watched projects they’ve directed. These include Archive 81 on Netflix, The Twilight Zone, and also the Marvel series Moon Knight and the upcoming first episode of Loki season 2.

After an initial theatrical release in both the US and the UK, Something in the Dirt will be on Digital Download from November 28, and finally on Blu-ray from December 5, 2022.

I would give Something in the Dirt a strong 3½ out of 5, but I can’t quite push it up to four. It’s a tad too long and slow for that. However, I would absolutely recommend watching this latest sci-fi horror story from the filmmaker duo. Also, make sure you check out their previous films.

Something In The Dirt will be in UK & US theaters from November 4, 2022.

Details

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Horror
Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Writer: Justin Benson
Cast: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Sarah Adina Smith & Vinny Curran

Plot

When neighbors John and Levi witness supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment building, they realize documenting the paranormal could inject some fame and fortune into their wasted lives. An ever-deeper, darker rabbit hole, their friendship frays as they uncover the dangers of the phenomena, the city and each other.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
Karina