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After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other.
Neil Marshall's intoxicating claustrophobic horrific tale of a group of friends who pick the wrong caves to explore. White water fun. A wreck of a car wreck. Hospital scenes are usually sad. Girls enjoy beer too. Silly pajamas. Sarah's life is a "Hell on Earth" type of life with all the shit that happens to her at the beginning of the film. It's kinda ironic how her "own personal Hell" turns into so much more as the descent into the caves begin. Pictures are used to capture memories. Have you ever tried writing 1000 words for a picture? Try it one day. It's fun. Juno knows directions. A light on your helmet helps you see in the dark. Spooky bats.…
Neil Marshall’s The Descent is a horror film that smartly plays on the primal fears of its audience as a group of thrill-seeking women embark on a caving expedition which becomes a literal descent into hell. Marshall allows the story to play out gradually as the expedition turns from a tensely staged battle of endurance to out and out survival when the unsuspecting gang come face to face with the cave’s original inhabitants.
The film begins with a jolt of an opening as Shauna Macdonald’s Sarah loses her family in a freak car accident. It is an oft-used device but Marshall employs it brilliantly whilst allowing the first half to build naturally as the audience gets to know the characters.…
One of the most genuinely frightening & paranoia inducing films to come out in a long time, The Descent is an ingeniously crafted horror masterpiece that seamlessly intertwines its incredibly tense & cleverly paced story with inventive cinematography, tight editing, mesmerizing score & strong performances from its all-female cast to create an undeniably creepy atmosphere of unrelenting claustrophobia which eventually launches such an all-out assault on our senses that the ensuing events turn into nothing short of an escalating experience of nightmarish horror.
Inducing fear from its isolated look, grim tone & eerie mood rather than relying on typical jump scares, The Descent is the very definition of horror in its purest form and with its sinister plot & nerve-jangling adventure, easily qualifies as one…
The circumstances in which you watch a film influence your rating or experience a lot. The first time I watched this was in 2005 in a Sneak Preview. Neil Marshall was not a name firmly established among Dutch genre fans and even though I had seen Dog Soldiers, when I saw his name on the screen no bells were ringing. I sat in a theatre, not knowing what I was going to watch, surrounded by people as clueless as me. When the title appeared it didn't mean anything to me. Ususally, during a Sneak Preview there are murmurs of recognition when what we're going to watch is revealed. Here there was no recognition at all.
Slowly we were taken into…
Deftly combining naturalistic, allegorical, and monster-movie horror, Neil Marshall's "The Descent" is an engrossing and effective piece of work. Slowly squeezing a frightening vice grip, Marshall's film works on numerous levels to ensure an audience is jolted, thrilled, and completely engaged by what he puts on display. It is a well-assembled, chillingly told horror film.
Following a group of six friends who explore an uncharted cave system, the film focuses on one of the friends, suffocating under the weight of tragedy. The trip is an attempt to help her heal, and the narrative at-large reflects a descent into and ascent out of grief. That undergirding metaphor is a foundation for visceral terrors that unfold when the exploration goes horribly wrong,…
The Descent is absolutely impeccable. Dread is instant, continuous, and ever-present. With an impressively strong cast, Neil Marshall amps up the character right alongside the scares, keeping a brilliant balance between wondrous development and and frightful terror. I haven't seen anything so beautifully claustrophobic, enclosing the frame with suffocating amounts of darkness, surrounding the characters with toxic hopelessness and feverish pain.
Neil Marshall's direction is a roller-coaster in celluloid form, slowly climbing to the absolute limit before dropping into a state of horrific chaos and godlike revenge. It's as if the film itself goes back in time, with the primal instincts and the tribal paintings releasing a built-up rage deep within the collective unconscious. The direction is simply transfixing.…
Why aren't more horror movies set in caves? Caves are terrifying! Especially when, as is the subtext in this movie, the cave leads to Hell itself. It's a spooky, unsettling undercurrent that's made all the more spooky and unsettling by the masterful control of lighting. The lighting really is the MVP here; if I had to guess, I'd say that a full 25 percent of the film is entirely dark, while a not inconsiderable fraction of the movie's remainder is composed of shots with only a corner of the frame lit. It's wonderfully effective and creates the neat effect of making the audience as blind as the unfortunate cavers who star in the film, but what sets the lighting into…
So ya, caves are scary. Don't fucking go in them.
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One of my favorite horror flicks. The first 3/4 of the movie are the best parts and it works great as a claustrophobic suspense/horror. Uncommon but great all-female cast, save for the dad who is impaled by a fucking rod at the beginning of the movie. Love the ending and the action is well done, but paradoxically I would like to see less of the monsters. The unknown element helps to drive any good horror movie, and the less we know the scarier the movie is (hence why the beginning parts of the movie are so great)
I am afraid of a few things in this world. A couple of these things include flesh-eating monsters and women. This film has both. It also convinced me to be afraid of climbing in caves. Well done. I usually do not like being left in the dark during action scenes like many horror movies tend to do, but I must say it worked particularly well in this one. Lots of nice gore.
I diversi cunicoli umorali dell'animo femminile vengono esplorati da Marshall con una dose di appagante claustrofobia, soprattutto nella prima parte della discesa nelle grotte, quando ancora non si palesano i mostri. Lodevole l'utilizzo degli anfratti bui e delle piccole fonti luminose, così come l'utilizzo del colore. L'ultima parte lascia un po' insoddisfatti.
8 lesbians instead of volunteering at the animal shelter try and go deep cave diving (ok?). Never understood the appeal of this movie.............Ladies just go to karaoke night or see Fiona Apple Unplugged or something, don't try fucking SPELUNKING or a bunch of semen demons will eat you or whatever the fuck was going on down there. Stupid.
What gets lost in the talk of how great the first half of this stone-cold classic is with all its claustrophobia and darkness is how colorful and insane the second half is. It's a massive shift in style, especially as the the thrills turn towards action rather than suspense and I imagine it plays a large part in making this the stone-cold classic that it is. Make you wait for the thrills for half the film, then immediately overload them and never let up. It's also why the ending works so well no matter which version you're watching.
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Wonderfully subverts a lot of traditional Hollywood tropes for an older British take. All of the cast are actually fairly likeable which is unusual for a horror but Sam is by far the best she is so adorable. The monster movie aspect of the film isn't anything special but in the first half Neil Marshall sets up a great claustrophobic thriller exploring the tensions between the group of friends as it looks like sanity slips further away until the spooky naked guys appear and attack. Still very enjoyable though.
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