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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,…
Film #23 of 31 in my Hoop-Tober 2016 challenge
Movie gods forgive me, but I got a lot of laughs out of this, and from scenes that I am sure were not meant to be funny. In his sophomore feature film, British writer-director Neil Marshall gives us what could have been a simple claustrophobic thriller about six women trapped in deep underground caverns by a cave-in, but he throws in a herd of subterranean Gollum-like creatures to torment the ladies as they try to escape the eternal darkness.
As background to the adventure, we see how adventurous wife-mother Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) and her gal pals go white water rafting in Scotland and later that day she loses her daughter and…
I think I would like this movie better without the monsters...
motherfucking love this movie and if you hate this move then you hate women and I will haunt you when I die. so perfect and UK ending or bust imo.
The beginning was pretty slow.
The middle was built on tension and suspense.
The end was batshit crazy.
"The Descent" is not only a great horror movie as it is a great movie in general.
I see a great message here about the human spirit and never giving up.
I hated the last 10 seconds unfortunately. It seemed cliche and out of place.
Never the less, this would be a perfect movie to watch this Halloween. Overall, I was impressed.
If this film does not make you feel claustrophobic and/or agoraphobic (too far away from safety) in your own, safe chair, I can't explain that at all.
Now THAT is how you do jump scares!
a modern classic of horror. f*cking scary. great effects. tons of gore. badass.
A really skillfully done thriller/horror movie about a bunch of friends who are helping one of them get over the tragic death of her daughter with a trip to go cave climbing. Scary and claustrophobic and tense and they have serious issues among the group and I was enjoying the heck out of it and wondering where it was going.
Then, the evil cave dwellers showed up and my interest just...dipped. Sure, after that it's still exciting and scary and well-thought-out for the most part, but it's just not what I was enjoying in the first half of the movie. Still, a damn good horror movie that just doesn't quite get over the hump into great.