Scream your last breath.
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 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.…
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…
Part of **Halloween Season 2012**.
I'm a big dude, and I get wedged into things easily. So the pure claustrophobia of a film set in dark caves sets me up for true horror. Plus, the filmmaker understands that the biggest scares are the ones we don't see. And this one is pretty damned scary.
These days, "horror" films tend to be about gore or stupid people doing stupid things. They don't frighten as much as tittilate, tease, and once in awhile make you jump. But though this picture has plenty of gore, its characters are for the most part not stupid. They do the best they can in a situation that is -- mostly -- not of their making. And…
One of the BEST British horror films, I have ever seen, I can't even tell you how many people I forced to watch this with me. They thank me, all the time.
I actually almost died before watching this, I was making a sandwich and I heard, I guess the preview coming on in my room, and I BOOKED it to the room to watch it for the 10 millionth time, still to this day I don't know why I ran as fast as I did just to watch the preview, but, I fell flat on my stomach and I couldn't breathe and started bugging the fuck out LOL. So I almost died, just because of the preview...THAT SAYS SOMETHING.…
The best British Horror film of the noughties. Neil Marshall's superb Brit Shock Horror "The Descent" is chilling, creepy and full of suspense. It's packed full of shocks, not just run of the mill cheap tricks, these are great shocks, perfectly timed with fantastic twists. This was just what the genre needed. It withstands multiple watches and has become a firm favourite of mine. If all else fails... Stick The Descent on.
A group of young women go on a caving expedition that goes horribly wrong and they soon become lost in an uncharted cave system. As panic escalates they come across some strange and very dangerous creatures. Here begins a fight for survival. This is a very accomplished Horror…
As hit and miss as he has been, director Neil marshall makes you sit up and listen. None more so than with the opening 90 seconds of the Descent, smacking you around the mouth with an act so hideous you're literally left speechless.
This is something that could, at any time, happen to any of us, so if he's doing this to us now what on earth could he possibly have in store for us later on?
Marshall, on the advice of his better half (so he has learnt he SHOULD listen when women speak!!) went completely against the norm in a movie of this kind and opted for an entire female cast. His previous effort "Dog Soldiers" had been…
Sei donne in un sotterraneo, in preda ad una popolazione mostruosa. Qualcuno si salverà? Horror profondamente claustrofobico!
I guess the fact a sequel exists explains the silliness of that ending. Otherwise, bon.
I am sorry. I know how everyone goes about saying this is an incredible atmospheric horror film that is scary.
To me, it wasn't.
There is a big difference between taking an entire hour to set up the atmosphere and tension, like in The Thing, or Halloween, and taking an hour just to get into the action.
A film that in its first five minutes shows a group of women rafting, one husband possibly cheating with his wife's frien, a car accident that kills the husband and the child, a weird hospital scene that serves no purpose all crammed into the first 7 minutes is already on a bad start.
And then an hour, an entire…
Tense and claustrophobic, the opening hour makes excellent use of its admittedly stock, yet sympathetic characters. Once they enter the caverns, Marshall ekes every ounce of tension out of the darkness and narrow caverns, playing on fears both real and imagined...and then all hell breaks loose! Marshall times his scares to perfection, but the real testament to the film lies in the expertly crafted scenes throughout that don't simply rely on loud jump moments to justify the genre. The original cut follows through on the metaphorical allusion to madness that the title suggests which was all but destroyed by the US cut, and for that reason alone, this would be the version to watch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Um terror bonzinho com muitos "gollum".
As far as recent horror films, this is one of the best...very simple story that is just excellently executed...very tense and claustrophobic...the viewer can go a few ways with the events that happen...
I have the original R2 Pal release...it did not make it over to the US right away...when it did, they dumbed down the ending...which was stupid...I like the original ending...so if the original ending is available on the US release, watch it that way...
I loved how this turned into a revenge story in such subtle ways. The script is concise in planting the seeds for the ending, but never spells everything out explicitly. And in the final shot, you know that Sarah will have to live with her choices and be haunted by them, just like the loss of her family.
This week Forest & Cory celebrate the works of filmmaker Neil Marshall. Forest reviews the claustrophobic monster flick The Descent, while Cory takes a trip into the post-apocalyptic with Doomsday.
The gang also cover their Halloween happenings, Lewis CK's film Pootie Tang and BigSushi.fm raising money for kids.