By Jay Quinn (Tonawanda, NY)
Digging Up the Marrow
So the first feature on my double fear feature review is the 2014 under the radar horror flick Digging Up the Marrow. It stars Adam Green as himself doing a documentary on monsters after receiving a letter telling them they really exist. Adam Green gets a letter by a gentleman named William Dekker played by the awesome actor Ray Wise. Ray Wise is downright awesome in everything and in my opinion got famous from playing the devil in CW’s Reaper show. Other older horror fans would argue it was his character Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks that got him famous, but either way he is awesome in everything. So Adam gets a letter telling him about the reality of monsters and Mr. Dekker knows exactly where they live, Dekker wants Adam to come out and tell his story on film and Adam goes out with a camera man to film the experience.
Now this movie is a slow burn but it’s seriously creepy as all hell and literally chilled me to the bone. This movie is another reason why Adam Green is in my top 3 favorite new age directors in horror hands down. This found footage “documentary” has it all; creepy tone, amazing looking monsters and hands down stunning special effects make up. It also has cameos from big time horror icons such as Don Coscarelli (Phantasm), Kane Hodder (Jason, Victor Crowley) Tom Holland (Fright Night), Mick Garris (Critters 2, Sleepwalkers, The Stand) Dave Brockie (GWAR & Last film appearance), Lloyd Kaufman (Anything Troma Related), Joe Lynch(Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, Chillerama, Holliston) and Tony Todd (Candy Man, Hatchet, Final Destination). If you get a chance check this movie out, its really a fun little horror film that is made very well by a awesome crew.
I give this film 4 out of 5 skulls.
Now my second feature in this double feature is It Follows. It’s a very creepy well done independent horror flick. I’ve been saying for the last maybe 5-6 years that the best directors and movies in horror are done on the independent scale. Now this movie stars Maika Monroe (The Guest, The 5th Wave, Independence Day: Resurgence), Keir Gilchrist (Dead Silence, Tales of Halloween, Life with Derek, United States of Tara), Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars, As the World Turns, Nick’s Fred Movies, Zombeavers) And this movie starts with a teenage girl running from something that us the viewers can’t see, her father asks her if she is alright and she says fine and runs into the house. She then runs back out and gets into her car and drives for a while till it becomes night, then she records a video on her phone saying she is sorry and then we find her in the morning dead with her leg broken the opposite way and its downright gruesome and I love it.
We skip to the main character Jay on a date with her boyfriend Hugh at the movies and then it skips to them having sex in the car. When Jay tries to enjoy the feelings after losing her virginity, Hugh incapacitates her with chloroform. She wakes up tied to a wheelchair, Hugh goes and starts to explain that she will now be chased by an entity that only they can see. This entity can make itself look like anyone so you won’t know who to trust, it appears to walk at a slow pace but if this entity catches you, you die! It will kill you and the person that has passed this curse onto you. So during this movie Jay passes this curse onto a guy friend named Greg and the entity soon offs Greg posing as his half naked mother.
I won’t spoil the end for you but this movie hit all the right buttons a horror movie should. Scary tone, great storytelling, great kills, and not very predictable. I loved this movie a lot and its one of the best low budget independent movies I have seen besides Hush and The Babadook. More mainstream studio horror movies need to take notes from this on how to make an effective scary simple film. Its message is pretty clear…DON’T HAVE SEX, ha-ha! A basic rule not to do in a horror movie and this movies shows you why. This is a horror movie I think a lot of fans should see because it’s downright amazing.
I give this film 5 out of 5 skulls, I usually don’t give perfect scores but it hit all the right buttons for a successful horror film.