Digging Up the Marrow

Synopsis: A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.
Director(s): Adam Green
Production: RLJE/Image Entertainment
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


I've been interested

in monsters my entire life,

since I was, er,

old enough to watch TV.

I was never really

scared by them.

I just liked them as characters.

Like they were

my Mickey and Goofy.

I'm really into monsters,

just as an escape, you know?

It gives you something

to put your fears on.

I was in a mental hospital

for a few weeks

when I was about 14 or 15.

I was diagnosed

with depression and anxiety

and I didn't know why

I was sick.

What really helped me escape

my reality was these things

that I was influenced by

as a kid which is watching

horror movies

and drawing these monsters.

I have been a monster,

I always will be a monster

and after I'm dead

I will be a dead monster.

Somehow I got to see


which I looked at many,

many, many, many times,

and there was a certain humor

to Frankenstein and a certain,

er, niceness, er...

I always wanted

the monster to live.

I grew up an only child,

so they were my friends.

I lived

with my imaginary friends.

It's what, I think,

provided the background

for what I do in my acting now.

I think a lot of it was just

as visceral as

really ugly things,

really frightening things,

holding my attention more than

beautiful, pretty things.

We like the costumes,

we like the character designs,

we like the underdogs,

the misunderstood, antiheroes,

because they explore

different parts of humanity

that aren't often explored.

There're all kind of things

that, if we hadn't been

introduced to them,

we'd call them monsters.

There are monsters everywhere.

You know what the real monsters

are? It's frigging insects.

They got claws.

They got antennas.

They got multiple eyes.

They got pincers.

And they walk sideways at times.

That's a creature. People don't

walk sideways. That's stupid.

I feel kind of strange,

but I think that some monsters

could be real.

I think monsters exist

everywhere where we can't see.

I think, behind that chair,

just because I can't see it,

there is something there.

If they did exist,

they'd exist somewhere

where man doesn't live.

They couldn't be

out in the open,

people would shoot them.

You would find them

buried deep in the world.

Tromaville, which is

a very small town in New Jersey.

It doesn't matter because

if you're terrified of them,

they exist.

When we do find monsters,

if these things do come up

from the ground

or ascend upon us, like,

I just wanna be there to be,

"I told you so."

My name is Adam Green.

As a filmmaker

who has had some success

in the horror genre,

I... Can we just do this

with graphics?

No, just keep going.

I've made movies like Frozen,

the Hatchet franchise,

er, Spiral.

I have a TV series

called Holliston.

With that comes a very loyal

and cult fan base.

Stop! I feel like

a big enough douche

and you keep laughing at me.

You get to meet some

very unique people...

Like, er,

people will mail stuff.

This Victor Crowley maquette

that somebody made.

This fan's underwear.

This bottle of pills

that somebody sent.

Really cool stuff like artwork

that people will make for us.

Um, which is awesome.

There was this one guy,

er, William Dekker.

I wish I had thought to be

shooting this the moment

this stuff first arrived,

er, but...

Say it!

OK, all right. William Dekker

claims, in all seriousness,

that he's found monsters.

And he wants me

to tell his story to the world.

Is that good enough?

I think we should

hire an actor to play you.


I'm so excited,

she could explode.

I could explode. And I have!

I love Holliston.

I have a tattoo of Holliston.

Tell me what's on your arm.

I like Frankenstein.

Spiral, Frozen.

Yeah, I consider myself

to be an Adam Green fan.

I have a really cool

relationship with my fans,

and I think that that's because

like, when I was first

starting out,

y'know, when you're making

an independent movie,

you don't have marketing

or advertisements,

so you really gotta do it


and put yourself out there,

so people know about you

and know about your movie

and after a while though, like,

the more movies you make

and the more people

there are that want a piece

of you, it just kinda starts to,

I don't know,

I guess, takes its toll.

Now, the ones who do get through

are the ones who actually

take the time to write,

like, a physical letter

to my fan mail address.

And that's huge, you know,

when someone's gonna

take the time

and write you

a long letter or send you,

I don't know, like drawings,

art, fan-fiction,

sometimes really personal stuff,

I mean, it's awesome. So I...

Oh, sorry. Hold on.

It's the wife.



Hey, how are you?

Oh, good! Where you at?

Er, I'm with Will.

- Hi, Will.

- Hi, Rileah.

Do you know when

you're gonna be home?

Er, ah, I dunno, five or six.

I think, um, we're gonna go

sit down with the guy now.


Oh, you guys are idiots.

You guys are idiots!

Here we are at the

residence of Mr. William Dekker.

I'm sorry,

Detective William Dekker,

the monster hunter guy.

I've already come here twice

before to sit down with him,

and the last time I asked him

if he would be cool

with us putting him on camera.

He didn't say no...

Now you people know they're not

to talk about this to anybody?

Oh, no. That's, like, standard

on everything we do. Everybody...

I didn't realize there were

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