Digging up the Marrow was written and directed by Hatchet creator, Adam Green, and the cast can only be described as the A-Team of horror. It starred legend Ray Wise (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me), Adam Green (Holliston), Will Barratt (Holliston), Josh Ethier (Almost Human), Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Dave Brokie/Oderus Urungus (GWAR) and many more.
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Unlike most other "mockumentary" type films, Digging up the Marrow does genuinely give off a documentary vibe. The way the film was put together made it feel a bit like watching Monsterquest, Mountain Monsters or any of the other various monster hunting shows out there (it was actually more believable than those). Will Barratt armed with a camera follows Adam on a journey to discover real-life monsters, and like every other documentary, there needs to be filler shots of the real lives of those involved. You get to see inside the life of Adam as he struggles to balance his monster addiction with his home life and how it affects his professional life as well. All of this only adds to the depth and credibility of the film.
What truly sold the film was the phenomenal acting by Ray Wise. His performance as "retired detective" and possible crazy person, William Dekker. Wise was the only member of the cast that did not play himself. If you have ever questioned Wise's acting abilities, first off, shame on you, secondly, watch this film. His range is a thing of beauty, he goes from zero to 60 in a matter of seconds.
The monsters in the film are based off of the artwork of Alex Pardee. They are amazing, each monster was well thought out and detailed beautifully. Some were down right adorable, some were a little funny, but most were bone chillingly terrifying.
Digging up the Marrow is unlike any other film I have ever seen. In my humble opinion, this is Adam Green's best work yet. The film showcased every emotion from laughter to fear to sadness and back again. Digging up the Marrow is both entertaining and thought provoking.
Much of the film is really left up to interpretation, to elaborate without spoiling the film, Dekker (Wise) shows more than a fascination for the creatures he encounters, it can only be describes as compassion and perhaps even love. Why this is is not 100% explained, but Adam and Will theorize about it. Leaving such a big aspect of the film open to fans to fill in only helps viewers become more invested in the film and more likely to feel connected to the characters and the situations unfolding.
Digging up the Marrow may hold a different meaning for everyone, but it is certain to entertain anyone that watches it. Kudos to Adam Green for taking the risk to make a film so different, he has only further cemented his spot among the greats and will continue to be a name synonymous with horror for years to come.
Not only is the film incredible, but the DVD and Blu-ray come packed with bonus features galore. It features a 30 minute making of the monsters featurette, 30 minutes of deleted/extended scenes and a commentary track that features Adam Green, Alex Pardee, Will Barratt and Ray Wise.
Digging up the Marrow is now available on DVD and Blu-ray in-stores and online. If you purchase the Blu-ray from Ariescope.com, it will arrive to you signed by Adam Green. If you pre-ordered from the site, your order shipped out this past Tuesday, and should be arriving soon.