Digging Up The Marrow 2014

Digging Up The Marrow 2014

Digging Up The Marrow 2014…

Digging Up The Marrow DVD Cover 2014A filmmaker (Adam Green) sets out on a bone-chilling odyssey after meeting a man (Ray Wise) who says that he can produce hard evidence that monsters are real.  -Google

This film was a such a surprise.  I knew nothing about it going into it.  It’s starts off and I think I’m watching a real horror documentary.  It’s got interviews with horror fans and celebrities in the business.  So, I think I’m watching a real documentary for a bit.  I almost stopped watching it because I didn’t want to watch a documentary. I wanted to watch a horror movie.  Then it becomes obvious what’s going on as it quickly turns into a fun monster movie.

As Adam Green plays himself (Hatchet/Frozen) in this wonderful fake doc about chasing down a fan played by Ray Wise that has written him claiming to have proof that monsters are real.  Ray Wise’s character William Dekker  played with a syrupy goodness and grit that is almost campy but stops just short of it.  A fun performance to watch.  Adam Green and Ray Wise have the most screen time and Adam Green has this childlike almost giddy presence wanting so sincerely to really chase down these monsters and wanting to believe so badly that Ray Wise’s character isn’t truly crazy.

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Dekker shows an artist rendering of one the monsters he’s seen come out of the depths of The Marrow.

Dekker, Adam Green and his trusty camera man/cinematographer stakeout the The Marrow.  The place the monster come from.  I will be honest, I didn’t find the movie to be scary or terribly suspenseful.  It was frustrating at times because I wanted it turn into a Goonies kind of adventure after Adam Green is shown the gateway to the monsters lair. I wanted to see an expedition into The Marrow.  Instead they just continue to stakeout the lair.  But, I’m hoping there’s a sequel and we can investigate further.

What the movie does well though is everything else.  It’s fun, it’s interesting and doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s got some great cameo’s Tom Holland being one of them.  So great to see him. Its got self deprecating humor, interesting monsters, the talented, beautiful and sexy Rileah Vanderbilt who is not in this movie nearly enough and happens to be Adam Green’s wife in the movie as well as in real life.

I could have watched this movie all day.  It never got boring.  There wasn’t a moment that wasn’t interesting or fun.  I’d give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.  Even though it’s more fantasy than horror any real horror fan is going to absolutely enjoy this movie.  And, as for the monsters.  Are they real? Do they find them? You’re just going to have to watch it to find out.  Check it out on Amazon Prime or buy the DVD below.

Cast of Characters:
Adam Green as himself
Ray Wise as William Dekker
Will Barratt as himself
Alex Pardee as himself
Rileah Vanderbilt as herself

Seriously, buy it.  I’m so broke I don’t think even all the kings men could put me back together.  Not to mention all the people who made this movie would really appreciate it as well.  It will also make you feel better, it will make the filmmakers feel better and it will make me feel better. It’s a win/win/win situation and really, how many times do you ever really come across that.

Don’t Blink 2014

Don’t Blink 2014

Don’t Blink 2014…

Don't Blink Poster Art 2014Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge.
-IMdB

Well, this one was almost fun.  I was really enjoying right up until I realized how it going to end.  I am not sure what it was or how I knew.  I of course don’t want to give away the ending.  The best I can do for you is say that I didn’t like this for the same reason I didn’t like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Never mind, I have to spoil it a little.  So if you read further, do so at you’re own risk.

Here’s the deal.  The movie is a mystery of sorts.  A group of friends arrive at a vacation resort in the mountains and low on fuel.  Upon arrival the soon learn they are all alone up there.  No people can be found.  Food on the table as if people were right in the middle of the their meals when everyone suddenly vanished.  I am loving the movie at this point.  I can’t wait to learn or figure out what’s going on.  Sadly, it never happens.

I am sorry to Alfred Hitchcock fans for shitting on the ending to the birds and to the makers of this movie but it’s just weak writing and nothing else.  You don’t suggest a mystery and then not solve it by the end of the film.  It’s not deep, it doesn’t make you ponder anything, it’s just pathetic.  You have one job as a writer, write a story with a beginning, middle and end.  I don’t care what order you tell them in.  Just make sure that they are there.  If you can’t even accomplish that, you have failed.

As far as the acting goes, I thought everyone did a wonderful job.  I thought the directing was pretty good as well.  This movie had so much talent it makes it even more tragic that this movie had such a shitty ending.  Obviously there were people who cared about making this movie.  But, somewhere along the way they just decided to ignore how frustrating bad the ending is.  Just hoping people will like the movie so much that they will just ignore the shit ending.  Something people like need to realize is that it’s actually the reverse that is true.  You can take a shitty movie, give it a killer ending and people will recommend it to others.  Fuck the audience at the end unless you’re Alfred Hitchcock come back from the dead the movie is going to suck.

I was really enjoying the movie until I started to see that we never going to be told what in the fuck is going on.  We are left to guess that perhaps it’s some kinda something the government is aware of but that’s it.  Did the cause the phenomenon or are they just tracking it?  We certainly do know.  Now some will say, the ending is left up to your imagination.  I say, are you fucking kidding me?  I’m not paying to see your movie so I can just imagine it!  If I wanted to imagine it, I could have just stayed at home and imagined the whole damn movie and saved myself a trip to the fucking theater and a whole lot of cash.

Cast of Characters:
Mena Suvari … Tracy
Brian Austin Green … Jack
Zack Ward … Alex
Joanne Kelly … Claire
Robert Picardo … Man in Black
Fiona Gubelmann … Ella
David de Lautour … Noah
Leif Gantvoort … Sam
Emelie O’Hara … Amelia
Boots Southerland … Sherrif
Curtiss Frisle … Lucas
Samantha Jacober … Charlotte (as Samantha Jacobs)
Nathan Lorbietzki … Man in Black #2

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The beautiful and talented Joanne Kelly as Claire is having a bad day

Parasomnia 2008

Parasomnia 2008

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Parasomnia is a horror-thriller centered on a woman suffering from a medical condition that causes her to sleep her life away, waking briefly on rare occasions.

Parasomnia is a horror movie thriller from back in 2008 with quite the impressive little cast. There’s at least one cameo in it that had me doing a double take. This thriller, horror, romance film is basically about a guy that finds a young women at psych ward who suffers from Parasomnia, a rare sleep disorder that causes the afflicted to basically sleep most of the time. It’s uncontrollable for the purposes of this movie.

Our male hero, Danny (Dylan Purcell) falls in love with Laura (Cherilyn Wilson) our sleeping beauty. He feels that she isn’t being treated well at the psych ward and basically kidnaps her. All would go well, but there’s a serial killer (Patrick Kilpatrick) that also has a thing for our young Laura. Even though he’s restrained in the psych ward he’s got some series psychic abilities that cause some serious situations for Danny and Laura.

What keeps this movie from being really good is that it’s really, really slow going. I liked the score, the music was subtle and I felt that it certainly raised the emotional level. But, a lot of the main characters actions just didn’t make sense to me. The main character, Danny did some pretty stupid things. They weren’t, screaming at the screen, “You’re an idiot! Don’t go in there!” stupid. Just some decisions he made that took me out of the story a bit because I kept thinking, “Dude, you’re not thinking this through. There’s a smarter way to do this.” So, the movie seemed to drag a bit for me. There just wasn’t a lot going on throughout the first half of the film.

The acting was good, a lot of good, a lot of well known character actors in this film as well as cult favorite Jeffrey Combs. In fact, he’s what mad me pick up the video. The lead actor Dylan Purcell who I haven’t seen before was a likable enough. And, his acting was very good. Really good subtle facial expressions that I thought captured a lot of moments and feelings very well. The female lead was played by newcomer at the time Cherilyn Wilson. In real life she is really beautiful yet the movie played down her looks I thought just a little and I think that actually helped to make the character a little more believable. Also, Patrick Kilpatrick was really good as the villain Byron Volpe. He’s good in everything he does. Great, great character actor.

The special effects were pretty good. The acting was good, it was an interesting story. It was just such a slow beginning and the character development wasn’t quite there for the leads. There’s a lot going for this film and I think it’s worth a watch if there’s nothing else you want to see more. So again, I am on the bubble with this one. The best I can say is that if you choose to watch it, I don’t think you’ll hate it. It’s quite possible that some of you will even like it. It just didn’t do it for me. But, give it a try and see what you think.

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