It's the closing night at the last drive-in theatre in America, and manager, Cecil Kaufman's planned to show 4 movies; films so rare, they've never been exhibited publicly on American soil, until tonight.
A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces, and Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
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 »
You're So Beautiful in Pearls
Composed and performed by Ron Komie (as Ron D. Komie)
Published by Alliance Audiosparx
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there's no such thing as monsters
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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