I’m a huge fan of horror movies. I have to admit when I was younger they would scare me. As an adult I have yet to be scared by any horror movie I have seen in the past couple of decades.
As a result of watching horror movies as a child I would not feel comfortable camping outdoors in the woods (Friday the 13th) and I don’t like looking outside windows at night compliments of the pig eyes from Amityville Horror.
Even when I was younger it took a lot to scare me as far as horror movies are concerned. As an adult I find that most horror movies are just silly or they try to be super gross which I find totally unnecessary.
I recently reviewed a horror film called Digging Up The Marrow. It’s available on VOD, iTunes and in select theaters starting today (February 20, 2015). It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD March 24, 2015.
The film stars Adam Green. Adam is also a film and television director, producer and writer. His specialty is horror flicks. Some of his other films include the Hatchet series and the film Frozen (not to be confused with Disney’s Frozen).
Digging Up The Marrow starts off with filmed interviews with people in the horror industry talking about monsters, and the belief of whether or not they exist. Tony Todd (Candyman and Final Destination) and the lead singer of the acid metal band Gwar are among those interviewed.
Adam Green is also interviewed for this film – or so I thought. It turns out he’s part of the film.
Adam talks about monsters and shares some of the macabre things fans have sent to them. One thing in particular has piqued Adam’s interest. It’s a journal sent in by a fan that talks about real life monsters he has seen with his own eyes. Naturally Adam doesn’t believe him but he thinks it might make for a fun documentary so he sets off to pay the man a visit and film what he has to say about the monsters he’s seen. The man’s name is William Dekker and he’s a retired Police Detective.
Adam visits William and William agrees to be film, although he’s a bit reluctant.
Adam asks William about the monsters he’s seen firsthand. He goes on to discuss children who are born disfigured. He cites some examples in photos. He said these children seem to “disappear” as adults. William says that these “monster-like” children as taken to a place he calls the Marrow. The Marrow is a world beneath our own where these people can live ordinary lives, such as our own. They get married, have children, hold down jobs and die underground. William even claims to know where the opening for the Marrow is.
Adam and his partner find this theory amusing and convince William to take them to the opening of the Marrow. William agrees but demands that they do what he says, including NOT shine light on the monsters as they emerge from the hole in the grown because it will frighten them and they will move on and not be seen from again.
That night the trio stake out a hole in the ground, found in an abandoned cemetery, that William insists is the opening to the Marrow. That night William says he sees a monster, but Adam and his partner don’t see a thing. Because they can’t shine light on anything they were unable to film it.
The trio go back another time. This time the filmmakers disregard William’s plea not to shine a light and they briefly turn on a light and capture something that appears to be a monster.
Adam is thrilled ad shows the footage to friends in the industry. They don’t believe it’s a real monster. They just think it’s someone who did a great make up job to appear to be like a monster.
Adam continues to try and find ways to capture the monsters William insists emerge from the Marrow. They may even find what they wish for, however that might not always mean in a good way.
What is living in the hole in the cemetery? Could it really be monsters? Could what William has been saying true? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Digging Up The Marrow. Look for it where ever movies are sold (I know it’s on Amazon).
This film was shot in that “found footage” type of filming – one where the viewer is seeing things at the same time the camera man sees them. It’s meant to look “real” but I knew it wasn’t real because the actor portraying William has been seen in many other movies before. I think the filmmakers could have made the film more convincing if they used an unknown actor.
The film was very slow. Painfully slow at times.
The scenes where they did see monsters were very brief and most monsters only appeared for a split second – literally. Only one monster, the “gate keeper” of the Marrow was seen for about a minute or so.
I wish they would have given a bit more screen time to the monsters. They were really cool looking – something nightmares are made of. I was very impressed by the creatures. They were very scary looking.
If you are easily scared by things that jump out at you on screen then you won’t be disappointed in this film. All the monsters do pop out on screen when you least expect it.
Overall I didn’t think it was a bad film. I’m a die hard horror movie fan so it didn’t scare me, but I was impressed by the monsters.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.