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Exclusive: Adam Green Talks Digging Up The Marrow – Part 2

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We had so much to talk about with filmmaker Adam Green regarding his new movie, Digging Up The Marrow, that we had to break it up into two parts. Here we are, once again, discussing this unique new film with Green.

In Part 1 of the interview, Green discussed where the inspirations for Digging Up The Marrow (review here) came from and some of the challenges he faced with the project. Now we discuss Green’s co-star, Ray Wise, and dig deeper into The Marrow.

Green talked more about the uniqueness of the film. “It’s definitely a type of movie a major studio never would have made,” Green said. “It’s another one for us… anyone who goes to conventions and loves monsters and collects action figures and horror and all that stuff. I feel that this movie speaks for all of us who believe.”

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Digging Up The Marrow comes off as a project that was very easy to put together, but indeed, that naturalness and ease did not come easy. “As much as it might seem like it’s all impromptu, and that’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten – people think it was improv – the script was very, very specific; and what you see in the finished movie is about 99 percent scripted,” Green said. “It was always designed to start off very, very real and very fun and very grounded so as it progresses and gets weirder and weirder and the arc of the story starts to get darker and scarier, hopefully you go along with the ride, and by the time you hit the ending, your suspension of disbelief is so shattered that you’re really affected by it. We didn’t know, when we started making it, if it was going to work. To be totally honest, there were points where we didn’t know if we were going to finish it. It started in 2010, and while making this movie we made Hatchet 2, Hatchet 3, and Chillerama and two seasons of “Holliston.” That’s just to give people an idea of how long and involved this process actually was to make something that seems simple.”

And, although it doesn’t look like it, there were many more people than just Adam, Will Barratt, and Ray Wise in those woods. A full crew worked incredibly hard to make Marrow seem so nonchalant. “It was definitely a challenge for us,” Green said. “Almost like when we started doing “Holliston” and had to relearn how to do things. For “Holliston” to work, it had to look and feel like a sitcom. So a lot of times we would find ourselves just wanting to get this cool shot or have the camera move, and you don’t do that on sitcoms. You have wide shots, medium shots, and close-ups. So that took a while to get used to.”

“With this, we’re so used to being on camera and doing the behind-the-scenes type stuff, it kinda just felt like that. I felt like we were making a behind-the-scenes of something else we were making. But, of course, so much work goes into making things look like they’re not lit. An interviewer earlier said, ‘It must have been very liberating to just go out in the woods with nothing but a camera.’ And I was like, ‘Actually, if we did that, you wouldn’t see anything. Physics don’t add up.’ Like when you’re watching a Friday the 13th movie and Camp Crystal Lake is lit up with blue moonlight. Go outside sometime in the middle of the night and tell me what you see. It’s black. So we had huge HMIs and we have all these cables running everywhere and there’s a crew to make this work. So, for some things, it wasn’t all that much different.”

Perhaps the greatest addition to the cast was veteran actor Ray Wise, who knocked it out of the park in Digging Up The Marrow. “We struggled with the thought of should we cast an unknown as Dekker or do we cast someone who’s recognizable enough that people will say, ‘Oh, I know that guy,’ but not so recognizable that they bring baggage from their personal life into anything,” Green said. “Our biggest fear was that because we were going the direction of reality, too many people were going to think this was real and then, when the first monster showed up, they would go, ‘Wait a minute, this isn’t real.’ Then it would be all about that. It would be, ‘They didn’t fool me. That hoax didn’t work.’ But it’s a movie, we’re not trying to hoax anybody, and that’s why we decided to cast Ray, which was the best decision we ever could have made.”

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Green explained why Ray was so perfect. “Ray brings this gravitas to everything he does, and I was just so glad to give him a leading role in a movie,” Green said, “because it never happens. He’s always a supporting actor and he’s always terrific and he’s always the one that people walk away saying how great he was. But he doesn’t get enough leading roles like this. So I hope a lot of filmmakers end up seeing this and whether they like the movie or not, they realize this guy should be hired in a lot more leading roles. When we were screening the first cut of the movie for other producers and directors to get some feedback on where we could tighten, what we could lose, one producer had said, ‘The biggest mistake was casting Ray.’ And I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘Well, because as soon as he showed up, I knew this wasn’t real.’ And I said, ‘So, ten minutes later when a monster showed up, you were going to think it was real?”

Part of the strength of the film is that it’s a monster movie but filmed in a style that really reaches out to the audience. “Whether you’re a fan or not, even if you’ve never seen any of my other stuff, there’s something real there to connect to, and to do that with something so fantastical as a monster movie is not necessarily easy to do,” Green said. “If we’d gone the route of the fake filmmaker, which we did think of a bunch and we even toyed with the idea that there was an intern who worked here and I didn’t want to deal with this and they took it and ran with it just so that we didn’t have to be in it, but we’d only be doing that just to avoid the inevitable comments, ‘This movie is self-serving’ or ‘This is an advertisement for their other stuff.’ Then somebody said, I think Alex, ‘But if it’s not that, it’s going to be something else. You’re never going to please that person. So why do you care?'” Well said.

And whatever you do, do not refer to Digging Up The Marrow as a “found footage” movie in Green’s presence. It really torques him out! “It does frustrate us when people describe it as, ‘This new found footage movie.'” Green said. “It’s like, ‘Dude, by definition, found footage is footage that was found. And it hasn’t been touched, supposedly. And it hasn’t been edited and there is no score. There’s no sound designer. So why are you calling it found footage?’ But it’s just become a term where anything that’s not the typical narrative feature film is now called ‘found footage.'”

Green gave a few more details about the movie. “It is indicative of real life that I’m constantly juggling multiple things and it is sometimes frustrating for the people who are only working on one or two of those projects where they would really appreciate it if they could only have my full attention on that one,” Green said. “But really, it was all designed and part of the narrative in the terms of what would happen if this was real. And that was part of the joy of being in this movie – to live through it and really make believe and pretend it was real. Like during those nighttime shoots where we were out there by The Marrow and Ray was in character whether the cameras were on him or not. I really believe, and I thought I saw some things the cameras didn’t catch.”

Finally, Green gives one more cool detail you’re sure to love about Digging Up The Marrow: “That’s another cool thing about this movie,” Green said. “Upon repeat viewings, people might see something that they missed or think they see something that isn’t there. There’s this one moment that whenever we screen it theatrically, half the audience sees something and half the audience doesn’t know what everyone else is freaking out about. It’s really fun to watch that.”

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Exclusive: Wolfmen of Mars Debut New Group Brass Hearse and Here’s a New Song

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A couple of months ago, we told you about Brass Hearse, a new group that features the members of Boston rock/synth group Wolfmen of Mars. Essentially the same style but now with vocals, Brass Hearse will immediately stand out to fans of John Carpenter but those who listen closer will pick up on elements of The Cure and even some Type O Negative. If you’ve been looking for some goth-y electronic rock with splashes of industrial thrown in hither and yon, I have a feeling you’re going to dig the hell out of Brass Hearse!

Previously, Wolfmen of Mars’ Luke told us, “It’s Wolfmen of Mars with vocals, but very much its own thing. A bit darker, a little bit more new wave. It’s a hard album to describe. Ron Rochondo from Ice Dragon wrote all the vocals and they fit the music perfectly. I can’t wait to share the tunes with you!

Well, today is the day that we get to share a taste of the new tunes with all of you! Below is the premiere of the track “Rain Grey, Dark Sky”, which swirls and pumps in a controlled frenzy, the verse containing itself only to open wide during the chorus, the sonorous vocals suddenly crying out like a ghastly specter.

Brass Hearse’s debut album will be available on vinyl and as a digital download on December 1 from Burning Witches Records. Meanwhile, you can download “Ran Grey, Dark Sky” via Bandcamp.

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Exclusive: Sean Patrick Flanery-Led Lasso Ropes in Multiple Offers After AFM Appearance

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Lasso, a horror film starring Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), was in attendance at this year’s American Film Market in Santa Monica and it seems to have made quite the impression! The film is currently in the middle of several distribution offers, some of which include theatrical distribution plans. No choice has been made by the Lasso team as they’re still hearing more and more offers but it’s certainly intriguing and exciting to see a horror film get so much attention!

Director Evan Cecil tells Dread Central, ““I am crazy flattered and honored at all the attention and interest Lasso received during the American Film Market and is still receiving from our industry peers. A lot of effort was put into making something different and interesting but most of all entertaining and fun to watch. Of course, we are hoping for a theatrical deal because that would be beyond cool, but also because the big screen is still the best way to watch a horror film. I love the thought of horror fans getting to enjoy Lasso all huge!

We can also reveal that we’ve been told that the film has 20 unique kills during its current 97-minute runtime, which means an average of one kill for approximately every four minutes! If you’re into horror for the body count, sounds like Lasso is going to be right up your alley!

Cecil directs and also produces alongside Todd J Myers and Elaine Gibson. Flanery stars with Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), Karen Grassle, Andrew Jacobs, Travis Andre Ross, Heather Mignon, and Skyler Cooper.

Synopsis:
Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs) are two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group who go out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It’s a great experience for the group…until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves, and whatever seniors they can, from becoming victims of a deadly Rodeo Ritual. Along the way they join up with another unexpected group of victims, including a one-armed cowboy, Ennis (Sean Patrick Flanery), Rosheen, the Rodeo queen, and Trish, a powerhouse female bull rider. Together the group must fight to survive the night from relentless bloodthirsty cowboys on the hunt for human livestock.

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The Walking Dead Ratings Drop to Six-Year Low

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Well, this isn’t good.

Turns out that AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” has hit a ratings low with the release of it’s newest episode “The Big Scary U”. A rating drop the likes of which the series hasn’t seen since the dog days of season 2.

Personally, season 2 was when I ditched the series and never looked back. I’ve heard a lot over the years that the series improved greatly moving on from the disastrousrious second season, but I’m all good.

I have shows like “Stranger Things” (review), “Mindhunter”(review), and “AHS: Cult” (review) to keep me company.

For full breakdown on the recent rating drop with a bunch of stats involving demographics and whatnot, you can check out Deadline‘s article on the matter.

Everyone else I guess can just keep moving on with their lives.

Do you still watch “The Walking Dead”? Should I give the series another shot? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

The Walking Dead Season 8 is currently airing on AMC.

Season 8 synopsis:

Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.

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