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Cast: Adam Green, Alex Pardee, Ray Wise, Tom Holland, Will Barratt
What if the ghastly images and abominations haunting our collective nightmares actually exist? Writer/director Adam Green (Hatchet) sets out to make a documentary exploring this tantalizing premise after being contacted by a mysterious man named William Dekker (Ray Wise). Dekker claims he can prove that “monsters are real” and insists these grotesque creatures are forgotten, hideously deformed humanoids inhabiting a vast, underground metropolis of the damned. Determined to expose the truth, Green embarks on a bone-chilling odyssey and gets more than he bargains for when he dares to go Digging Up The Marrow.
Director, Adam Green plays himself here, his company is contacted by a man who claims to a have found a world underneath the ground where monsters are alive and well. After meeting up with the man and hearing his story Adam is a bit skeptical and those around are even more skeptical but he agrees to meet up again at the said location. What happens from then on you will have to find out for yourself because I do not want to ruin the surprises that await.
"Digging Up the Marrow" is done in a mockumentary style with a bit of found footage style going on as well. I must say I am a huge Adam Green fan and for my money he is one of the best filmmakers when it comes to the horror genre so I was really excited about checking this out and the trailer peaked my interest even more. That being said I was a little disappointed in the film as a whole. The idea behind the film is fantastic and the cast is simply incredible, Adam Green is terrific as himself and Ray Wise gives a masterful performance as William Dekker. My biggest beef with the film is that it was not really scary. It does have a certain creepiness to it and it gives you that "what if" feeling and the sense of mystery exists but it was never really scary to me except for a few jump scares. There is a lot of talking and not much happening, granted I was never bored by the film but I some how expected a lot more horror than I got.
I think the whole idea of monsters living below us is scary enough but I though the film could of used more scares in it. I am not sure how this is going to go over with fans that might be looking for another masterpiece from Adam green but I do recommend checking it. If nothing else it is very different and unique.
"Digging Up the Marrow" is available on DVD and Blu-ray with Special features that include:
Extended and Deleted Scenes
Monsters of the Marrow
Audio Commentary with Writer / Director Adam Green, Artist Alex Pardee, Cinematographer Will Barratt and Actor Ray Wise
Perhaps I went into this expecting way too much, others are most likely going to enjoy the film much more than I but I still enjoyed it a lot and thought it was a clever and a fantastic idea for a film, definitely above average but a few more scares along the way would of done wonders.
Released by Image Entertainment
*** Out Of *****