Movie Review - Digging Up the Marrow

Movie Review - Digging Up The Marrow

Based on the artistic creations of Alex Pardee and framed as a faux-documentary about art and monsters that suddenly spirals out of control, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, is Adam Green's latest film Digging Up the Marrow. And the movie is not only a ton of fun, but it's actually pretty goddamned terrifying. Now available on iTunes and VOD, this film is absolutely worth the price of admission. 

Adam Green, the director behind the legendary Hatchet series, plays himself in this 'doc-u-drama' as do his cinematographer Will Barratt, Kane Hodder, Josh Ethier, Mick Garris, Tom Holland and a host of other big names in the horror genre. Green and Barratt are working on a documentary when they are contacted by a man named William Decker, who claims to have actually discovered real-life monsters. After some initial hesitation, the two are overcome with curiosity and decide to contact him. Decker explains that he has discovered the entrance to an underground labyrinth where monsters live, which he calls 'The Marrow'. But when they skeptically head out into the woods they are faced with the unexplainable, their perceptions of reality and the world around them are forever distorted.

Despite the fact that everyone is essentially playing themselves, the entire cast is solid, but none so much as the performance of Ray Wise as William Decker. Wise is a veritable tour de force for every second he appears onscreen, and plays the character with a frantic insanity that is truly riveting. His commitment to the over-the-top nature of the story is what keeps the character from becoming too cartoonish. And Green and Barratt do an excellent job of grounding the story in reality and balancing out the movie.

Pardee's monsters are the thing of nightmares, and the entire visual effects department do an amazing job of bringing them to life. The film feels reminiscent of Clive Barker's classic Night Breed - even down to the name, Dr. Decker - which is a compliment in itself. But despite some minor similarities with the aforementioned work, Digging Up the Marrow is its' own film entirely, and a damn entertaining one at that. I absolutely recommend you check it out soon. Cheers. 

Grade: B+

- Leo Francis