A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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,…
This film was fucking brutal.
This is violent, relentless horror done right. Scary? Hmm... not quite, but certainly unforgettable. The characters' lack of a sense of morality left both me and my two friends dead cold and immobile, and that feeling is ultimately is worth much more than all the jump scares that director Neil Marshall could've thrown at us.
Themes of loss and grief are also terrifically explored, even if only briefly. The imagery in this film is both spectacular and haunting in all its creepy, violent glory, and I'm still astonished by how the filmmakers were able to make this with such a short amount of money.
Granted, the film takes a while to get going, but its…
These were the most stressful 99 minutes of my life. The first half was already pretty stressful because being trapped in a cave is basically my worst nightmare and then the monsters appeared and I almost died. I can't wait to watch this again.
combines my two biggest fears, being buried alive and scary bone-white noseless mutoids
I've seen this film, I know that much. But that's all I remember about it.
Best horror movie in the 2000's. Someone please free Neil Marshall from television.
Part of the She Deserved That collection
Me:"Snarl if you're my cannibal"
Alex: *Makes the noise Mr. Fox makes when eating"
Low budget filmmakers have to step up their game again. After Currath's excellent low budget sci-fi Primer suitably impressed me with it's (over) complex narrative and (better than it should have been) cinematography. I already had high standards. I'd tried to watch Marshall's excellent modern slasher before, but was too much of a baby and couldn't watch because of how enclosed the caves were. But now that I had an equally cowardly buddy at my side, I finally managed to make it through. And I'm glad I did.
As a fan of horror films, I loved how easily…
A really hard to watch low budget horror, that manages to make full use of a neat premise and some surprisingly well written characters. Solid recommendation, but not if you can't handle gore or tight spaces.
One of the better movies in the horror genre.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm claustrophobic so the first hour or so is already horrifying and had a lump in my throat, but when you add cannibalistic sub-humans preying on these women..? HAHA i died and almost threw up like 3 times from stress. A good watch.
(note: I'm not a fan of the fake-out ending, or when Sarah stabs Juno's leg and leaves her for dead, or the fact that all of the women die, but everything before that is so stressful and legitimately scary that I can let it go, and I guess there's no logical way for any of them to survive, though I do see that Sarah is in a sequel, so I guess she does end up surviving, so nevermind about that last part)
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