For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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!
Um filme que executa muito bem o que se propõe a fazer. Um suspense crescente e cenas de total tensão. Muito bom!!!
Terrifying, claustrophobic and wickedly visceral. Atmospheric to an extreme degree this film is dreary and well made but it excels in its elemnt of surprise. Plot twists and scares are unexpected, allowing the viewer to be as shocked as the charcters themselves. The atmosphere is chilling and the scares are bloodcurdling, The Descent is an ambitious and well made thrill ride.
Film 59 of Project365, a project in which I watch a new film every day for a year.
Good horror film devoid of clichés. Great twists as well.
Claustrophobia with jump scares.
A terrifying movie filled with successfully claustrophobic camera work, over the top gory violence, and a good story to bat. The movie pulls all it's punches in a slow manner, while giving a enough good scares to jolt you awake.
Terrifying in places
La protagonista di The Descent è il peggio dell'umanità. Il film quando ingrana ti trascina davvero sottoterra. Per poi lasciartici. #privè
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Plot: A group of ladies decide to go spelunking. Bad things happen.
This one actually wasn’t completely disappointing. The first half is actually rather good once everyone heads for the cave entrance, playing with claustrophobia and fear of heights… until the creatures start attacking, just before the 1 hour mark. Then you realize that the film’s antagonists are inconsistent, nonsensical, and incredibly incompetent until the script calls for them to specifically kill someone.
The monsters appear to be some kind of subhuman carnivores (who have been around for a long time, judging from the amount of animal remains and blood we see). They’ve evolved in the darkness to be blind night hunters - but they suck at using every single…
I can't believe this movie is ten years old already. I'd still argue it's one of the best horror movies to come out since then.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…