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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…
Nothing beats discovering a gem of a film thanks to this great community! The Descent would have never been on my radar if it wasn’t for all the recommendations I’ve been receiving over the years and I am so glad I finally got to watch this. The element of surprise, genuine thrills and creepiness all around, strong emotional core to its main characters and a memorable ending filled with symbolisms make The Descent really stand out from most of the recent horror film that either recycle the same story over and over again or solely rely on gore and jump scares. It is essentially a story of survival and I admire the way writer/director Neil Marshall showed everyone’s true colors when facing a life-threatening situation like this. Finally, I thought it was refreshing to experience such an absorbing ending that lead to several different interpretations for the whole film. Highly recommended indeed!
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,…
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I watched this film in a group at my university and we saw the original version, so it had the original ending. When it ended one guy said: "That was one of the worst ending to a film I've ever seen".
Maybe he wouldn't favoured the alternate ending where he isn't challenged and not left with a more depressing, but more realistic ending.
The tension doesn't seem quite up to par, especially considering the claustrophobic setting, but once the true nightmare begins The Descent is quite a good time. The scares are often very effective although the special effects may appear questionable at times. The acting can also be a bit dodgy but easy to look past. All-in-all, The Descent is bloody good fun...if you can make it through the slow buildup.
I highly recommend watching this with someone who scares easily, screams a lot and has no idea what it's about.
It's awful until it's not for ages and then it's awful again.
Basically bad-ass Dee Reynolds versus Bat-Gollums, everyone's really stupid, especially the villains who don't actually seem to be better at anything except climbing in the caves they've been evolving in for four billion years. Blind without any sort of exceptional hearing, they're monsters without a real secret weapon. The more the characters learn about them, the less scary they become.
The film's best stretch is when the claustrophobia sets in and Marshall starts taking wide shots from all sorts of ungodly angles, really scrambling up the geography of the endless cave. There's a real sense of crushing darkness, mostly helped by the largely-consistent use of light within the…
This gives me a previous unheld hope for Skull Island a.k.a King Kong for Millennials. Marshall has a great eye - the shot of Sarah climbing towards the light as though up a staircase, surrounded by negative space, is gorgeous - though I'm less sure about the pure despair of the ending.
Terrifyingly claustrophobic cave adventure. The jump scares don't feel forced, and it doesn't indulge too much in extreme violence which makes a nice change. Occasionally the dialogue / performances feel a bit forced, but on the whole the actresses and writing are all tremendous. The cinematography enhances the claustrophobia and genuinely puts the viewer on edge without being laughable as is often the case. Every now and then it gets a bit cheesy, but on the whole a wonderful horror film with a refreshingly realistic plot.
I remember watching this film before and having a generally positive response to it; all right but not incredible. And so I set myself up for what I assumed would be a mediocre-at-best second viewing, the foggy details swimming about my head serving as proof of a wholly average experience. However, it soon became clear that my brain, in response to extreme trauma, had made me forget the horror as a defence mechanism so I could continue living a peaceful life.
Nothing goes right in this claustrophobic film. Tension is built and sustained masterfully from the very beginning, though never becomes even slightly tiresome thanks to its skillful pacing. And not only is it genuinely frightening, but realistic; the characters…
My mom on the pool of blood: It looks like a cranberry bog