Scream Factory has announced the April 21, 2015 release of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) on Blu-ray. The new edition of the 1981 cult classic starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau includes several bonus features including a new 2K scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative.
A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken (Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
“In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission – and his life – unless he succeeds!”
Customers ordering from shoutfactory.com will receive their copies of Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) two weeks early, and will receive an exclusive 18×24” poster featuring newly commissioned artwork.
Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) Special Features:
· NEW 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative
· NEW Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey
· Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
· Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
· NEW Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
· NEW Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth
· NEW On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker
· NEW I Am Taylor: an interview with actor Joe Unger
· NEW My Night on the Set: an interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau
· Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence
· Return to Escape from New York Featurette
· Theatrical Trailers
· Photo Galleries – Behind-the-Scenes, Posters and Lobby Cards
An international trailer and clip have been released for Drive star Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, which opens April 10, 2015 through Warner Bros.
Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith and Barbara Steele.
“The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.“
Can the desert summon the dead?
An official selection of the New York City International Film Festival and FilmQuest Film Festival, winning Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director honors, we now have an image gallery for the the supernatural thriller Echoes, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 15th from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The feature directorial debut of Nils Timm (who also wrote the screenplay), Echoes explores the murky realm between reality and dreams, and what could happen when these worlds collide.
“Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, Anna (French), a young writer, retreats with her boyfriend (Brand) to an isolated yet beautiful glass house in the desert. Hoping that the desert vistas surrounding her will spur her creative juices, she welcomes the opportunity to stay behind when her boyfriend must return to the city for urgent business.
However, Anna’s sleep paralysis does not abate, despite the calming environment. And now, her attacks are accompanied by a mysterious figure, caked with dirt as if it was made of sand itself. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind…or is she being lead to uncover a life-threatening secret?”
Steven Brand (“Teen Wolf,” The Scorpion King), Kate French (Channeling, “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill”), Billy Wirth (“Chicago P.D.”, The Lost Boys) and Steve Hanks (12/12/12, Hold Your Breath) star.
What We Do In the Shadows‘ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are promoting their new faux vampire documentary with this hilarious “Rules Of the Vampire” video that first appeared on Funny or Die.
Each vampire movie has a completely different set of rules that vampires live by. As Vladislav and Viago explain, being a vampire is surprisingly simple.
The truth about vampires continues to spread across the U.S. this weekend!
Find theater listings here.
Read our review here.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek, and was produced by Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael.
Here’s the first official TV Spot for M. Night Shyamalan’s 10-episode psychological thriller “Wayward Pines”, which premieres on FOX at 9PM May 14, 2015.
The event series is based on a best-selling novel by Blake Crouch, and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge and Ashwin Rajan.
“Matt Dillon (Crash) stars as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic Idaho town of Wayward Pines.”
The cast also includes Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Terrence Howard (Crash), Carla Gugino (Entourage), Shannyn Sossamon (How To Make It In America), Toby Jones (Infamous), Reed Diamond (24), Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud) and Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).
“Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon; Crash, City of Ghosts) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. Ethan is the logical choice for the mission. He’s one of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office. He’s also the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino; Watchmen, “Entourage”) better than anyone. They were partners. They were more than that. Their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.
Everything changes when a truck slams into his car and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo; The Fighter, “Treme”) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam may be more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.
As the mysteries within the town pile up and clash with his own version of recent events, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic DR. JENKINS (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones; The Girl, the Harry Potter franchise, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker HAROLD BALLINGER (Reed Diamond; “24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Ethan forms a bond with BEVERLY (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis; Hysterical Blindness, Cape Fear), a bartender who doesn’t mince words and is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is.
Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, THERESA BURKE (Shannyn Sossamon; 40 Days and 40 Nights, “How to Make It in America”), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, gets a call from Ethan’s boss, ADAM HASSLER (Tim Griffin; “Prime Suspect”). He informs her that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car that was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. Along with their teenage son, BEN (Charlie Tahan; The Harvest, Charlie St. Cloud), Theresa sets out on her own search for Ethan.
Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents and especially the town’s sheriff, SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard; Crash, Hustle & Flow), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf and telling him what to do. Ethan believes Pope is out of his mind and visa versa. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?”
Relativity Studios released a third clip from The Lazarus Effect, opening in theaters February 27, 2015, in which Olivia Wilde explains to Mark Duplass that she was trapped in Hell!
Evan Peters and Donald Glover also star in the pic about a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
David Gelb directs.
“THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde) who’ve achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.
Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject.
Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life- but rather, the wrath of her return.”
It may feel like our obsession with the caped crusader in film is a new one. But thanks to vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, we can realize that the history of this character on the silver screen goes much further back than we can remember. Jacob created The Evolution of Batman in Cinema and posted it to Vimeo. As you’ll see in the video, 72 is a lot of years, and a lot of men under the cowl.
Check out Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, Lego Batman, and my personal favorite Adam West in seven decades of Batman.
Adding to the whole host of comic book properties in production on television, FOX has given a pilot order to “Lucifier” in a hope to further capitalize on the success they’re finding with “Gotham.” Variety has the full scoop, but let’s do a rundown on this news first. Lucifer Morningstar was a character first introduced by Neil Gaiman in a supporting role, he is indeed the first of the fallen, and reportedly the script has perfectly captured the tone of the devil. But, and this is a huge BUT, the script also makes efforts to grind the concept into a police procedural of sorts. Which is exactly what this story shouldn’t be, and not exactly what TV needs right now, especially comics TV.
Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Len Wiseman are attached to the hourlong drama as exec producers, with Wiseman set to direct the pilot.
The project hailing from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Aggressive Mediocrity and Warner Bros. TV follows Lucifer, the Lord of Hell, as he resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the “shimmering insanity” of L.A., where he helps the LAPD punish criminals.
Lucifer and the characters are inspired by those from DC’s Vertigo imprint comic, created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg.
Previously announced, “Californication’s” Tom Kapinos penned the pilot. He’ll serve as an exec producer, along with Bruckheimer, Littman (“CSI,” “The Amazing Race”) and Wiseman (“Sleepy Hollow,” “Underworld” franchise), plus KristieAnne Reed (“Hostages”) as co-exec producer.
“Lucifer” is one of many comic-inspired smallscreen adaptations currently in development. This pilot season, DC Comics’ “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist, landed at CBS. On the Marvel front, “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” starring Krysten Ritter, plus three other series including “Daredevil” are heading to Netflix, while “Dreadstar” from Jim Starlin is coming to TV via Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink.
Will you tune into FOX’s “Lucifier?” and do you think making it a cop show is a good idea?
Most of us have sat on our couch on a Saturday night looking for something to watch on Netflix. The only problem is, there are a lot of bad movies and shows on Netflix. So I thought I would be a good friend to all of you and start weeding out some of the bad ones. This is an idea for a new series of posts in which I will watch a randomly selected horror movie on Netflix and do a brief review on said film (this one won’t be that brief, but future posts will). How will I randomly select a film, you ask? It’s a rather grueling and scientific process where I close my eyes and place my finger on the screen and watch whatever horror movie my finger lands on. Sounds complicated, I know. Let’s get to it then, shall we? My first post is going to be about Harper’s Island, a 2009 CBS(!) series modeled after Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
I know, Harper’s Island isn’t a movie. But it’s what gave me the idea to start writing these posts, so I thought it would be appropriate to start off the “Netflix Roulette” series. I don’t have enough time to keep binge-watching shows on the weekends so pretty much all of my future posts will be on films.
I missed Harper’s Island when it originally aired on CBS back in 2009, and judging by the ratings, apparently many of you did as well. The first three episodes aired on Thursdays in April, only to be moved to the TV wasteland of Saturdays in May. It’s a shame, because Harper’s Island is actually a pretty great show and you can watch all 13 episodes right now on Netflix!
The plot is pretty standard: a group of friends gather on an island to celebrate a wedding. The only problem is that a mass murder happened on the island years before and more people start dying shortly after the wedding party arrives on the island. Suspension of disbelief is pretty much required to make it all the way through the season/series since you have to believe that anywhere from one to five people get killed in each episode and it takes five episodes for people to take notice, but it’s forgivable.
I can certainly understand why viewership for Harper’s Island dropped each week. From what I’ve seen, it was advertised as a creepy murder mystery that was going to have lots of thrills. While the latter half of the season fits that description, the first half is very much a soap opera with horror elements. It’s a shame more people didn’t stick around to see what it would eventually become (episode 5 is probably the point where I went from “meh” to “hell yes” on the show) because it grew into a very ballsy piece of television that wasn’t afraid to kill off its characters. Episodes 11 and 12 are probably highlights for me (I think the finale loses a bit of steam, but it doesn’t ruin the show as a whole).
The cast is mostly good, with the standouts being Katie Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Cameron Richardson and Adam Campbell. Harry Hamlin also seems to be having fun in a small role. Not all of the acting is great (and the little girl is one of the most obnoxious characters I have ever seen on screen), but most of the lesser talented actors are killed off in the first few episodes. The pilot can be a bit overwhelming with its introduction of roughly 25 characters, but as more people are killed off, characterization becomes more of a focus. This benefits the show greatly, as many characters that were annoying or seemingly cannon fodder in the beginning are given depth that really makes you sympathize for them when they eventually die (and trust me, many of them die). Also adding to the fun: the episode titles are onomatopoeic, representing the sound (or sounds, in the case of “Thrack, Splat, Sizzle”) a character makes when they die.
While not perfect, Harper’s Island is far better than it was given credit for (it’s better than at least 2 of American Horror Story’s seasons). Watching it in as little sittings as possible is arguably the best way to watch it (remember how I said those first few episodes were kind of “meh?”) but it gets very addicting. Think you can figure out who will live and who will die? Or even better, can you figure out who the killer is (I figured it out right before his/her/their reveal, so I felt a little dumb). Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
Uncork’d Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed Avenged (read our review) in theatres and on VOD on March 6, 2015, and on DVD on April 21, 2015.
Here’s the first trailer for The Crow-esque story that begins after a gang brutalises a deaf girl (Amanda Adrienne), her lifeless body is inhabited by the spirit of a revenge-seeking Apache warrior.
A lethal injection of scares, thrills, romance, and the supernatural, director Michael S. Ojeda’s confronting revenge film “delivers on all levels” (Bloody Disgusting) and “deserves to be viewed, discussed, and then viewed again” (The Horror Honeys).
“While traveling across country, Zoe, a lovely deaf mute woman, stumbles on a horrific crime – a gang of rednecks slaughtering two Native American boys. Zoe’s brave attempt to save one of the boys seals her fate. She is captured, raped and left for dead. When an Indian shaman finds her clinging to life in a shallow grave he attempts to save her – but something goes horribly wrong. The spirit of an ancient Apache warrior takes host of Zoe’s dead body. So now she walks amongst the living, hell-bent on getting revenge. One by one she slaughters the men who brutalized her, while the clock ticks away on her quickly decomposing body.”
Amanda Adrienne, Rodney Rowland, Marc Anthony Samuel and Tom Ardavany star.
Here’s a hairy new look at 13th century Kaulder, played by Vin Diesel.
Diesel shared a new look at his character in Summit Entertainment’s The Last Witch Hunter, recently set for release on October 23, 2015.
Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine also star with The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner directing.
“Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Vin Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.“
One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year (for people with taste anyway), Mad Max: Fury Road, landed an international trailer today. This one’s not as long as the glorious theatrical one here in the States, but I think there’s a couple new shots in there and at least one new bit of dialogue from Charlize Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa. Hell, any excuse to watch more Fury Road footage new or old is okay in my book.
Judging from what we’ve seen, this is shaping up to be the craziest film of the year (and it’s from a big studio! Go figure!). Reboot, reimagining, whatever the hell it’s supposed to be, just get in my eyeballs already!
Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters May 15.
The “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” news continues to roll out! A couple days ago we learned that Sam Raimi will be directing the pilot he wrote with Ivan Raimi, and now Deadline is reporting that Jill Marie Jones will be playing lead opposite Bruce Campbell. Jones is probably best known for her role as Cynthia Irving on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and she also appeared as Pandora in one episode of American Horror Story: Asylum.
In “Ash VS. Evil Dead”, Jones will be playing Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher, who suspects Ash in the murder of her partner. After learning the truth, Fisher teams up with Ash to take on the Evil Dead.
How do you guys thing the show is shaping up so far? I haven’t watched Sleepy Hollow at all, does anyone who has think Jones has the chops to hang with Ash?
Thrash metal legends Slayer have announced that they will release their first new track in almost a year on Record Store Day (April 18th) on a 7-inch picture disc. The new track, which will take up Side A, is titled “When The Stillness Comes”. Side B will be a live version of “Black Magic”, which was recorded at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival. The picture disc will be limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and will be available at independent record stores.
Slayer’s last new track was last year’s “Implode”. They are currently in final stages of recording their new album, the first since 2009′s World Painted Blood.
Two days ago, we premiered several behind-the-scenes photos from metalcore band Motionless In White‘s latest video for “Break The Cycle”, which I compared slightly to James Wan’s ghost film Insidious. Now, the video is out and I stand corrected: it’s 100% influenced by that film. Red door? Check. Creepy old lady? Check. Demonic entity? Check.
Watch the video below.
Having just rewatched Hellraiser I’m no stranger to the fact that Clive Barker is a master of world building, luckily, BOOM! Studios knows just this and makes sure to remind us of it in their ongoing Barker led comic series. Each of them have their own merits, but there is absolutely nothing like “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.” There is something sinister for everyone in the world of midian, and with this exclusive preview of #10, I’m sure you’ll agree.Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #10 Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo
Synopsis: As Midian crumbles, the Nightbreed are forced to the surface world once more to face all of mankind’s hate and zealot rage. After betraying his people for the woman he loves, Boone now finds a new fire burning within him. The Chosen One will finally have to make the choice to live up to his title.
Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, play two local gangsters who want to use Chappie for their own nefarious purposes.
In this new clip, we see how the duo get their hands on the robot in Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi thriller in theaters March 6.
Sharlto Copley provides the voice of Chappie, with the cast including Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver.
In ‘Chappie,’ “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.”
Last night the Web shook as District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp revealed his next project would be a new Alien movie, presumably starring Sigourney Weaver.
Official news followed, confirming 20th Century Fox had signed Blomkamp to the project, while also revealing two other major pieces of information.
No matter how obvious it seemed, we can now confirm that Alien director Ridley Scott and his company Scott/Free will produce the new Alien, which will take place following the events of his Prometheus trilogy.
I say trilogy because Fox confirmed Prometheus 2 is still in the works. Also, it’s pretty obvious that, based on Blomkamp’s concept art, his vision for Alien takes place following the events of the initial four films – and those films take place after the timeline of the Prometheus trilogy. In the art we see an older Ripley, as well as a deformed (clone?) of Cpl. Hicks (Michael Biehn) who we all thought died in David Finchers’s 1992 Alien 3. Ripley also looks to finally don the Engineers’ Space Jockey helmet to pilot an alien ship. My guess is she’s going back to the Xenomorph’s home planet, as she’s openly expressed her desire to do, in order to kill the species once and for all, and could potentially pilot the crashed ship to safety.
Ironically, this is sort of what happened in the original script for Prometheus, which wasn’t supposed to be a trilogy. The plan was for the Alien prequel to take place on the same planet as Alien, and for the Space Jockey ship to be shot down linking directly to the crashed ship in Alien. This was changed to set up the Prometheus trilogy, which is at least guaranteed to have a sequel. Michael Green is penning the screenplay with plans to have it in theaters by summer 2016. Neill Blomkamp, in the meantime, will develop the screenplay for his Alien sequel. Don’t expect that until at the very earliest 2017.
What do you want from the new Alien?
A new Ghostbusters casting rumor has surfaced, this one including a spoiler that’s pretty damn cool.
Director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold have carved out a key supporting role for “SNL” star Cecily Strong (pictured below), says Film Divider, who stresses that they don’t know if her deal is done yet.
They don’t give too much away about the character, but it’s fair to say that the role is one of the biggest non-Ghostbuster parts aside from the villain (rumored to be Peter Dinklage). She will play an authority figure who liaises with our heroines, privately backing their activities and acknowledging their legitimacy, but publicly denouncing the group to the media in order to avoid panic amongst the wider populous. In short, she’s the glue to the entire world, making it even more believable to modern audiences (when the original Ghostbusters came out in 1982 we were void of social media and a strong National news presence). I think calling the role “big” is still an understatement…
Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon become the new all-female ‘busters on July 22, 2016.
Since coming on the scene with Hatchet in 2006, filmmaker Adam Green has developed a devoted following among horror fans. Through his films and the horror sitcom Holliston that he front runs, it’s easy to tell Green is a hardcore horror fan himself, with a deep knowledge and passion for the genre. This clearly shines through in his new film Digging Up the Marrow, his first feature in five years. The premise and set-up for the film are awesome, but amidst all the kick ass monsters and mayhem, what Digging Up the Marrow ultimately boils down to is Adam Green: The Movie.
It’s a painfully indulgent film, with a lot of screen time eaten up by Green mugging for the camera and promoting his work. Although it’s a horror mockumentary, it reminded me of a Morgan Spurlock film, making it more about himself than the subject matter. Here that approach seems criminal, since the apparent inspiration for the film is the artwork of Alex Pardee. If you’re unfamiliar with Pardee’s work, just Google image search his name. His art is pulled straight outta nightmares, mixing familiar images like bunnies and teddy bears with harrowing, dripping creatures. It’s crazy that he’s never been asked to design monsters for a film before (that I know of).
In the film, Green plays himself. He begins by talking about all the crazy fan mail he receives and talks about one package in particular, from retired detective William Dekker (Ray Wise) who claims he has proof that monsters exist. Knowing he’s probably just a crazy old dude, Green sets out to make a documentary about Dekker. Deep down, however, Green can’t shake his curiosity and desperately hopes Dekker has found real monsters – every horror fan’s adolescent wet dream come to life.
Dekker believes the monsters live in an underground metropolis he’s dubbed the “Marrow.” He claims to have found entrances to this world all over the U.S., mainly around cemeteries and another place we all end up at least once in our lives (a punchline I won’t spoil here). He even details run-ins he’s had with a few of them, all of which he’s given names and commissioned portraits of (Pardee’s artwork). As always, Wise is a blast to watch as he balances that fine line between nutty and dramatic. He’s just consistently a joy to watch in everything he’s a part of.
The first half of the film does a good job establishing the mythology of the Marrow. This is essentially done through Dekker’s oral accounts and drawings. By the time Green and Dekker head out into the woods, you’re desperately wanting a glimpse of this mysterious subterranean world and its inhabitants. The big reveals in horror rarely live up to expectations and Digging Up the Marrow is no different, though the glimpses we get of Pardee’s creations are seriously wicked. A couple of them made me grin like an idiot because they were so cool. Sadly, they’re few and far between and once the intrigue is built up, the final 20 minutes devolve into a pretty formulaic found footage romp.
Personally, I would’ve like to have seen Wise and the monsters get more screen time and Green to get a whole lot less. I understand that the film is about our desire for monsters to exist rather than the actual monsters themselves, but after an hour of Green wanking in front of the camera, I needed something more. He’s playing a fictionalized version of himself, I get it. It’s just not a very fun fictionalized version to hang out with. There are some fun cameos peppered throughout (Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Mick Garris, even Pardee himself), so fans will dig that aspect. I really enjoy Green’s previous work (especially Frozen) and this film can be very fun at times, but overall Digging Up the Marrow is a tiresome and exasperatingly self-aggrandizing trip.
Digging Up the Marrow hits VOD and select cities on Feb. 20.