Digging Up the Marrow (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Biography
89 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Digging Up the Marrow Review


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.

Digging Up the Marrow (2014) is an American drama fantasy horror movie that contains mysteries and great thrills. The movie is 98 minutes long and was filmed in various part of the US and UK. Some locations in the US are Indianapolis, Indiana, Orlando, Florida, San Diego, California, Cincinnati, Ohio, Boston, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California and other parts of California. Writer, producer, actor and director Adam Green (Frozen (2010), Hatchet (2006), Hatchet II (2010)) did a phenomenal job with this one of a kind movie. I believe that Digging Up the Marrow is one of most original movies that Adam Green has ever done. I recommend it for all horror fans to go and see this movie as soon as you can - you will not be disappointed if you have an open mind.

Director and writer Adam Green stars as himself in this movie with cinematographer Will Barratt (Frozen (2010), Hatchet (2006), Hatchet II (2010), Spiral (2007)). Adam received a mysterious/suspicious package from retired detective William Dekker ( Ray Wise - Jeepers Creepers II (2003), RoboCop (1987), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), X-Men: First Class (2011)) who believes that there is real monsters in the world and claims that he can prove their existence. William described monsters as being smarter/mature versions of deformed childrens that always seem to vanish before they reach adulthood. Adam and Will think that William is just another weirdo but listen to William because they thought it would be fun to make a documentary. They went to “the Marrow” that is a place that the monsters live or so is said. I would write more about the movie and its plot but to not want to spoil this movie.

Have you ever thought - what if monsters do really exist? What will you do?

Some awesome horror filmmakers that portray themselves in this movie besides Adam Green and Will Barratt are:

Josh Ethier (Almost Human (2013), Contracted (2013), Zombeavers (2014))
Kane Hodder (Hatchet (2006), Friday the 13th Part VII (1988), Se7en (1995), Monster (2003))
Tom Holland (Fright Night (2011), Child’s Play (1988), Fright Night (1985), The Langoliers (1995))
Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus (1993), The Fly II (1989), Masters of Horror (2005), Critters 2 (1988))

The movie was everything I thought it would be except for one disappointment stated below. This is not just another found footage film although it has some elements that are similar. With that said, I am not sure what category this movie falls under. Digging Up the Marrow captured my attention with all the twists and turns that turned out to be very entertaining. I was not happy with the fact that I had a lot of questions throughout the movie and thought I would get my answers at the end, but to my surprise there was not any. I was disappointed because I really wanted to know instead of guessing. I would have loved to see more of the monsters on screen because they all stand out by themselves with their own look. The makeup artist(s) did wonders making all the monsters look different from each other and also realistic. The actors, sets, lighting effects, cinematographers and once again make up department all did an amazing job.

About Digging Up the Marrow 2014

Title: Digging Up the Marrow
Year: 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Biography
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 40 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 40
Starring: Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Ray Wise, Lloyd Kaufman, Tom Holland, Steve Agee, Steven Barton, Mick Garris, Rileah Vanderbilt, Adam Green, Laura Ortiz, Josh Ethier, Corri English, Sarah Elbert, Joe Lynch, Alex Pardee, Dave Brockie, Don Coscarelli, Evan Dickson, Caitlyn Brisbin, Jimmy McCarthy, Nic Henley, Robert Pendergraft, Arwen Green, Mathew Waters, Will Barratt
Writers: Adam Green
Director: Adam Green