ByBarley Guy, writer at
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Barley Guy

Hey guys, it’s sure been awhile. Between school, my new PS4 and a general lack of new horror releases that seem interesting enough even try watching. That being said, a few days ago, one of my more anticipated 2015 horror flicks was released on VOD, and so now I have something to share. Anyways, without further ado, this is the newest flick from Adam Green: Digging Up The Marrow.

A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.

So, I am a huge fan of Adam Green, I have deeply enjoyed each movie of his that I’ve sat through. Particularly, I have a soft spot for his over-the-top gore-festival trilogy Hatchet. So, when I heard that Green was pairing with one of my favourite artists of all time, Alex Pardee, on a mockumentary, I was over the fucking moon about it. With Pardee’s visual style, and Green’s love of horror, I was pretty sure that this was going to be a hell of a ride.

Was it though?

I mean, kind of. There are some great pieces by Pardee in the movie, and the creature design that he puts into it really is unique and great. I recommend checking out his work, and hopefully this collaboration leads to him getting more work doing design for film. There are also a few good and tense moments in the film, and the movie does glide along pretty quickly and unoffensively.

With that being said, one of the major problems with the movie is Adam Green’s “performance”, he really doesn’t bring much to the movie and he’s essentially playing himself. The trouble with just being yourself, and not portraying a character is that it almost makes the movie feel more artificial and makes me all the more aware that this is a MOCKumentary. It’s not that he’s not a likable guy at all, in fact I really am pretty fond of Green. The movie just comes off as a little bit self indulgent, and the focus stays a bit more on Green than on the monsters, and let’s face it, the monsters are what you’re coming into the movie for.

Unfortunately this movie is not really anything spectacular. There’s obviously a lot of love present here, and the performance from Ray Wise is genuinely fantastic. He alone almost makes the movie worth the effort, but again it just feels like something was missing. I wanted to see way more creature design, and get a way better feeling of Pardee’s contribution to the movie. There was a lot of art by him, and the few monsters we see are pretty interesting look at, there just wasn’t enough. So much of the movie was spent on Green talking about himself, and editing footage.

There is a scene where Green and his editor sit in front of a computer, and watch the same footage over and over. We see it once, they watch it probably six or seven times. Then Kane Hodder comes in and they watch it a few more times. That really does throw the pacing off.

Overall, the movie was fine, nothing about it was really hard to watch and it was enjoyable. There was just so much more that could have been. My hopes were much higher, and sadly it just didn’t deliver on what it should have. Check it out if you like, it’s certainly not going to make any Worst-Of lists. Even if you don’t check it out, go and look at Pardee’s art, and check out the Hatchet trilogy right now.




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