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Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 20 February 2015 (USA)
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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.


Adam Green


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Credited cast:
Ray Wise ... William Dekker
Adam Green ... Adam Green
Will Barratt ... Will Barratt
Josh Ethier ... Josh Ethier / Vance / Little Bigfoot
Rileah Vanderbilt ... Rileah Vanderbilt
Kane Hodder ... Kane Hodder
Sarah Elbert ... Sarah Elbert
Tom Holland ... Tom Holland
Mick Garris ... Mick Garris
Alex Pardee Alex Pardee ... Alex Pardee / Park Ranger
Jimmy McCarthy Jimmy McCarthy ... Sgt. Sean Ross (as James McCarthy)
Nic Henley Nic Henley ... Harlequin
Caitlyn Brisbin Caitlyn Brisbin ... Tombstone
Robert Pendergraft Robert Pendergraft ... Shadow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Agee ... Self
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In order to avoid audiences thinking that the film was indeed a real documentary and then suddenly turning on it and feeling hoaxed when the first monster is revealed, the decision was made to cast a recognizable actor as "William Dekker" and to be as clear as possible that the film was not trying to fool anyone or be passed off as "real." The filmmakers toiled over this decision when casting the film and at one point considered casting an unknown actor in the role of "Dekker." However, after careful consideration and looking at how similar docu-style narratives like 2007's "Poughkeepsie Tapes" had received negative reactions from audiences once the audiences realized that the films they were watching were indeed fiction and not in fact real, they decided to go with highly recognizable character actor Ray Wise as "Dekker" and make it as clear as possible that "Digging Up The Marrow" was a work of fiction. In testing the film they received the expected feedback from a few that once Ray Wise showed up on screen playing a character it "took them out of the movie as at that point they realized the film wasn't in fact real." When the filmmakers would then ask the viewer if he or she was still going to believe the film was real once the first monster revealed itself on camera merely 10 minutes later in the story, in every case the viewer acknowledged that casting Wise was indeed the right choice. Though "Marrow" is set in a real life setting and told in as authentic of a manner as possible to suspend audiences' disbelief, at it's core the film is a monster movie that delivers fantastical creatures on screen and no one would ever think the film was in fact real anyway, so the filmmakers opted to avoid the viewing experience becoming all about "a hoax" and instead chose to remind audiences right up front that they are watching a fictional scripted narrative which proved to be the right decision. See more »


William Dekker: This creature, this one here, I call Vance.
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there's no such thing as monsters
18 October 2017 | by re-animatresseSee all my reviews

a documentary-style found footage film by the writer/director of Holliston and the Hatchet slasher series. i'd heard good things about the monster design and make-up, but wasn't very impressed. the monsters get only a few seconds a piece of shaky-camera screen time and are actually pretty cartoonishly goofy-looking if you pause on them

the movie suffers a bit from the shaky camera syndrome typical of its genre — there's a point where the crew is sitting in the woods at night, waiting for a monster to appear, and when one of them points to a shape moving through the trees, the camera guy focuses literally everywhere but where the character is pointing. i can only imagine it was done on purpose to parody the genre style, and the actors were laughing about it behind the scenes

the story is imaginative and compelling, and Ray Wise, as detective William Dekker who invites director Adam Green to witness and record proof of the existence of monsters, is a great actor and storyteller. my favourite scenes are the ones where Adam and the film crew are just sitting in Dekker's house, recording his stories of past encounters with and illustrations of monsters from a subterranean metropolis he calls The Marrow

i like the film despite it's flaws and wouldn't mind a sequel picking up exploration, where this one ends rather abruptly, of The Marrow and its inhabitants. recommended for fans of found footage monster movies

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20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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How to catch a Monster - Die Monster-Jäger See more »

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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA See more »


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1.78 : 1
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