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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 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…
"Love each day."
I'm back from my brief vacation, thankfully none of which involved free climbing in uncharted cave systems. It did involve a house in the woods though, so I decided the only proper way to kick off my free time was—of course—to attempt to shock myself into submission. How else am I supposed to have fun away from civilization?
I'm pleased to have survived my outing in the wilderness (there was really quite little risk of injury) to report that The Descent is a fantastically fun and quite exceptional horror film. It earns major Cool Points in a couple departments: it's a fairly low budget release (£3.5m) which never feels held back by its production, and it features…
Film #7 of Hoop-Tober.
I now understand why so many people claim this to be one of the best horror films of the 2000s. So frightening! It's about time a horror film from this era genuinely scared me and made me fell uneasy!
Horror films seem to have been having a steady decline ever since the late 90's/early 2000's. I don't know exactly what it is, but most modern horror films just aren't that great in quality anymore, with a few notable exceptions such as It Follows and The Babadook. Luckily, another horror film has been brought to my attention that seems to shine out from among the rest.
The Descent is like a horrific mix of Tomb Raider and Predator, with a little more gory horror elements thrown into the mix, and sans Arnold Schwarzaneggar's pre-governor sexy abs. Those abs are replaced by several friends who decide to go on a spelunking trip one year after one of them suffers a fatal…
Super taught and atmospheric, slow burn that ratchets up the tension every step of the way. Some rough line delivery and not all of the effects hold up well. Overall, a super solid horror film with just the right amount of jump scares, gore, and violence.
Stupid, mean-hearted, gory, overrated, the worst.
Shot over the course of 12 years The Descent asks the question, what would happen if the Spice girls were Scottish and you put them deep inside of a cave. The answer you get is a very Scary Movie (not to be confused with a Scary Spice Movie, Spice World, (1985-1997)).
The Descent is known mostly as Rosario Dawsons first movie after years spent starring in Dawson's Creek. Her acting here is very good. But I don't want to focus on her, or any of the other actresses in this movie. I feel that at this point of the review I should talk a little about my own experiences as a man and as an experienced caver. I have been…
I had a really tough time rating this movie. I didn't want to give it 5 because I think it should really be reserved for perfect movies, but when I think about this movie I don't think there's anything wrong with it. The gore, the story, the monsters. I think this might be perfect. I loved the all female cast, and beyond just all females an almost entirely all STRONG female cast. I thought that was really wonderful. I had one minor issue with the end but overall it was really fantastic. If this rating is 4.5 as you read this then I changed my mind, but for now I think this one's a 5 in my book.
Despite its weak script, it does provide a few good momentary scares.
Much like the recent film, As Above So Below, this film possesses an incredibly selfish character in Juno, dragging all her friends into a mess of cave diving. However, at least this film provided some good pop-up scares, that is if you're into that. There is definitely a sense of disillusion and disorientation in this film and those monsters are mighty gross looking.
Does this movie haunt you after you see it? No. Because you'll never imagine those monsters outside of those caves, and this is seemingly the problem is American horror, as they just don't provide a long lasting scare. It's quite unfortunate.
I love this movie so much. It was so great to watch on the big screen. LIke everyone says, it's super scary and then the creatures show up.
At the Cinefamily presented by Kumail Nanjiani with Neil Marshall (director) in person. It was really cool to hear Neil talk about about one of my favorite horror films.
By and large, horror movies are not my thing. At least not in the traditional definition of the genre. I appreciate movies that succeed at being particularly haunting, but if we're talking straight-up horror, well, I tend to only like those if they are particularly fun (like Drag Me to Hell), or extremely well-made (like last year's The Babadook). Neil Marshall's 'The Descent', while not without merit, is neither of those things.
'The Descent' was widely praised upon its release, so why don't I like it? I think it's because I'm a big character guy, and horror characters, for some reason, tend to be bland and forgettable (maybe so we won't miss them when they die?). The women of 'The…
I missed The Descent on the first go around and never got around to seeing it despite some great reviews. I am glad I was able to revisit it, because it is a solid horror flick that deserved it reputation.
The Descent starts out with a shocking intro, but then slows down with some relatively dull character building. Once the group of women enters the cave, the movie builds into something much more interesting. The darkness and claustrophobia is portrayed so well, with vast darkness and bobbing lights. Being slightly claustrophobic myself added to the tensions. There are some gorgeous shots throughout, and shows some of the best cinematography I have seen in a Neil Marshall film. It adds some…
1940-2014; not quite to 600 yet.
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…