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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…
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!
"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…
This one caught me off guard.
I had read that this was a solid horror film that played with the fear of enclosed places. I have never suffered from claustrophobia so I wan't expecting to be all that effected by the scares in this movie. As it turns out, this was a white knuckler for me.
I did really enjoy that this movie features nearly an exclusive female cast. There was no man rushing in to save the helpless girls. As a matter of fact, the only male (human) character doesn't have a word of dialogue, he only has about 60 seconds of screen time, and he is a total sleaze bag that gets what he deserves.
The problem with…
Was pleasantly surprised to discover I mustn't be as big of a wuss as I thought I was, since I watched this and very much enjoyed it.
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A horror movie with only women? Cool! Tense first half sort of devolves once it gets to the monster stuff, but still really good and scary and fucking INTENSE.
And only women! No men!
The Descent is probably the horror film that has elicited the least amount of scares from me in recent knowledge. You know a the film is not doing its job right when the monster isn't creepy in the slightest. The creatures were well designed for the most part when they weren't shown up close but those scenes were unfortunately sparse. When they do decide to come out of the shadows, their lack of sight and sheer stupidity made these cave-dwelling zombies the victims for the entire second half of the film. The all-female cast proceeded to gash, snap and crush their way through the poor fools for a good 45 minutes of the film's run-time, removing all elements of tension…
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I probably would have liked this more had it not been for the b-movie acting. I found myself making fun of this way too quickly. I don't know exactly what it was, but right from the start when you had the six girls together, it just felt artificial and you know exactly which one girl will be the final one.
The camera work definitely does a good job at making it feel claustrophobic. Though a little hard to follow at times. It's definitely a lot more fun once Sarah turns primal, and I do like it's grim closure.
Excruciatingly suspenseful and terrifying. Marshall's film works best in its claustrophobic first hour, when it's focused on the terror of being lost in the caves and the growing tension between the group of women. That doesn't mean it stops being scary when the beasties show up -- just that suspense and tension are often sacrificed for more traditional (but effective) horror movie beats. The film gains a great deal of power from giving us a cast of women who are likable, relatable and equipped with actual personalities.
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