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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…
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 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…
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.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After hearing how this was one of the scariest films of the last decade I finally "took the plunge" ha ha ha. It does seem to be two films: the first half, which ably recreates the claustrophobia and danger of caving; and the second, which is mostly confusing as the women are picked off one by one by creatures (and sometimes themselves), everybody gets covered in gore, and apart from Natalie Mendoza and her magical mascara, I had a hard time telling everybody apart. Too many unearned jump scares for my liking, which erased the claustrophobia and dread of the earlier part. However, for something set in darkness, it's lit very well, with the red flares turning many of the caverns into hell-scapes. Well done there. I watched the US cut with the biggity-boo ending, but now reading about the "unrated" original ending, neither seemed satisfying.
although the monsters were cool, it might have been scarier if it was just about the girls losing it. It would've been more real and far scarier. Still the whole idea of being stuck in a cave was terrifying and the monsters looked really cool!
We were on holiday in the Scottish Highlands and this was one of the DVDs left at the cottage. Given that it was near Halloween, we decided to chuck it on again. This film was a lot better than I remember. I like the fact that it uses the very primal fear of the darkness to drive the film forward, and some of the decisions the women make mean that they are more culpable of being the film's villains than the strange creatures in the depths. Thankfully, the creatures don't get too much time on the film as they strangely make it in danger of losing its suspense. Sometimes the most scary things are those we cannot see.
Horror molto classico, con mostri e gruppo in trappola.
La prima parte è la migliore, dove ancora non si palesa esplicitamente il tipo di orrore che verrà incontrato dalle protagoniste, alludendo abilmente a risvolti narrativi più psicologici. Il gruppo di personaggi, seppur riconducibile alle caratteristiche di base del genere, è ben tratteggiato e presenta delle varianti originali, fuori dagli schemi consueti (senza capri espiatori definiti e con delle sottotrame interessanti).
La tensione e la paura sono ben gestite e presenti in tutto il film.
Leggendo però tutte le ottime recensioni in merito a questo titolo mi aspettavo comunque un lavoro più intenso e meglio costruito nella trama, assolutamente scarna e lineare.
Le suggestioni sollevate nella prima parte si rivelano più inquietanti ed affascinanti degli sviluppi successivi, un pò troppo ancorati nel genere puro e meno aperti a contaminazioni più disturbanti.
We try and watch this movie every Fall/Halloween. Pretty scary and claustrophobic movie. Well directed, acted, and I love the score.
For awhile now I have been wanting to do a much longer review of this film; I originally had up a very brief take back in the early days of me being a member of this site. I'll mention later what gave me the inspiration to do this last night but my rating has not changed after watching this again.
I presume many are familiar with the plot; still, I'll try to be brief here. It'st about a group of ladies who like to do adventurous things together on a yearly basis. The opening shows them whitewater rafting in Scotland. Then, the husband of one of the ladies passes away in an accident. The rest of the film takes place…
A pleasant surprise and better than expected. It did take a bit for it to grow on me and the creatures were not really impressive but the atmosphere is what got me hooked. And that creepy score when they are underground, the bleakness and futility of it was masterful. Recommended for an alone viewing because you can't really pick the right people to watch this movie with, many probably wouldn't handle the hopelessness that permeates throughout the movie.
Existe consenso en que se trata de una de las mejores películas de terror de la pasada década y siendo que no la había visto todavía parecía una buena opción para Halloween. Totalmente de acuerdo: Es, además, una de las pocas películas en las que la integridad del reparto (o casi, hay una excepción al comienzo) está formado por mujeres. Produce admiración que consiguieran reproducir una localización tan angosta como la de las cavernas dentro de un estudio sin dejar de parecer creíble e incluso más que la película esté planeada con tal minuciosidad que idea un descenso al corazón de las tinieblas literal y femenino (una cavidad subterránea húmeda con un peligro latente puedes imaginar que podría simbolizar para…
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I first started by watching Spring, but I decided it was to much of a romantic horror and not really scary. I'm kind of a literalist/perfectionist...lol. If I don't think something matches I have to find something that I feel fits better. After watching Spring I watched The Descent and was scared within the first few minutes. It's amazing how fast this movie grasps you and then doesn't really let go. There were a few times during the movie I thought my heart was going to beat through my chest. lol. I hadn't heard that much about the movie going in and I think that definitely helps. I would suggest not reading any spoilers or many reviews and going in new to the movie. I definitely don't want to go exploring caves any time soon. lol.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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