DIGGING UP THE MARROW (2014)
As a fan of horror movies you have to ask yourself when do think one of your favorite directors will make a movie that's not to your liking? Trust me I know that there's a lot of people out there that tend to throw Eli Roth and Rob Zombie under the bus cause they made these decent horror movies and then they made these crappy follow-ups to their first batch of horror movies. Now today I reviewed Adam Green's newest film, "Digging Up The Marrow". Now before I go into any form of a tirade about this film I will first off say I am a fan of Green's work. I love the Hatchet Trilogy due to its feeling of being a throwback to what a Eighties slasher film feels like. And his venture into a what if scenario film that being Frozen, cause what would you do if you were stranded on a ski lift some 20-30 feet in the air and its the dead of winter. Green to me is a good director cause he knows what the fans want to see that is until this film.
I know I may catch hell for not liking this film but everyone is entitled to an opinion on what they like and dislike. Now Digging Up The Marrow is a fake documentary slash found footage film if you want to put it that way. I'm sure it'll be categorized differently later on in life but to me that's where I will leave it for the time being. The film follows Green after he received word from a man, played by Ray Wise (Many of us know this guy from movies like Robocop and Jeepers Creepers 2 as well as television shows like Reaper and Twin Peaks) Whose proclaiming that monsters really do walk the earth and he knows where they can be found. Green plays himself in the film and is skeptical about these claims but gives into his temptations of wanting to just film something if its true or not. What he enters is a world of mystery and fear as once they discover the truth behind the marrow their deepest fears are suddenly realized.
Now with most these kind of fake documentary or found footage films your brain is quick to compare to it to the whole wave of similar films and I tend to want to stray away from that whole let me compare it to this or that cause I will either chalk it up as a dumb copycat film or just crap all over it in general. The film drags on for a good while nearing boredom level until the climax of the film where it picks up and becomes something else all together. This factor alone had me squirming around on my couch cause when a movie tends to hit a boring level I struggle to want to keep watching it but I figured somewhere along the line this film had to pick up and go somewhere eventually. Having to wait until the movie nearly ended for a pay off put me off on this film and I had a hard time trying to figure out the words to put down for this review and well this is what I have to say. I didn't like this film and felt it was a let down from one of my favorite directors. Now I'm not one that harps on if this movie is bad then everything after this will follow suit. No I keep an open mind as to what the next venture for the director will be and go from there.
Now instead of going into great detail about how the movie is cause that could take forever for me to explain and I don't want to waste your time by making you read an essay on this subject. Instead I will say the monster designs were fantastic. Hands down the creature work was excellent and truly showed signs of what stuff of your nightmares are truly made of. And though the concept of this film probably seemed decent on paper it didn't crossover too well onto film as it seems like it could've been something better had it been different and not tried to be shot like a fake documentary or a found footage film. Had this been a straight movie and it had been shot in the ways of Green's past few films then maybe it would have been a lot better and not come off like a boring movie. So if your going to see this movie because your a fan of Green's then go ahead but remember your not going to get your pay off right off the bat you will be sitting there till end asking why.
As for me I am moving onto the next review until next time I'll see you later. Oh and for any of our local Jersey, Philly or New York fans Adam Green will be a part of the 30th Monster Mania convention in Cherry Hill, NJ. As most of you know Green doesn't charge his fans for autographs and is happy to answer any questions you may have about his films. I know I will have mine about the Hatchet trilogy but in the end I will just be happy to shake the hand of one of my favorite horror directors of this generation.
reviewed by Bucky