So in the confides of the vault rules films up to 2015 so this one just falls into the realm of The Vault. Slowly, if you listen to the podcast, you will notice i’m getting soft on the old found footage sub genre. We have covered for interesting titles over the last year and Digging up the Marrow is definitely one of the more….interesting of films we are covering.
Directed by Hatchet director Adam Green Digging up the Marrow follows Adam on a new project. The project involves a man, William Decker (played by the Amazing Ray Wise), who believes there is an underground world called The Marrow where the worlds oddities reside. The L.A entrance is of course in the middle of the woods where Decker takes Adam and his cameraman Will to discover them for themselves leading to a very well shot finale.
One thing I can say about the film is that is shoot very well, something you come to expect from Adam’s films. He knows horror so you know he has seen a few mockumentaries in his time. But can a well shoot film really fix he fact that for the first 70% of the film is just a little dull? Yes unfortunately I found the film a little dull at points, something which is a bit of shame due to my love of Greens previous work. Saying that however the last portion of the film was pretty good. The monster design is brilliant, something you don’t see so much in found footage films. The creature with the bag over it’s head reveal was shocking and for once you get to see action instead of running away being the main focus.
I love the art work the film is based on, it is artist I would go to for commissioned pieces and Ray wise plays crazy guy quite well so overall the film itself isn’t awful, I just felt it lacked a certain something I just couldn’t put my finger on.
It is definitely worth the watch especially for a found footage fan.
For our spoiler filled thoughts on the film listen to our upcoming episode of the podcast.