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!
Focused, driven, low on fluff and big on thrills. The morality play can go, but it didn't weigh down the proceedings.
Highly rated movie but I'm not sure why.It was generally ok although mostly bad lighting through the movie so it was hard to make out what was happening.The movie about a bunch of female friends who go adventuring after a tragic event only to find themselves upon more tragedy.It does give a few scares and the atmosphere was creepy.It did spawn a sequel 4 years later but I'm not expecting much when I finally get around to seeing it.
Watched it 6' in the morning with three other assholes, drunk as shit.
Following the massive hype surrounding this film, I was excited to watch a 'good' Horror film.
The Idea of being trapped in a claustrophobic cave system while being hunted by cave ghouls is has the potential of being some real nightmare fuel and to me seems hard to mess up.
My biggest problem with this film is the same problem I have with most Hollywood action films, the villains aren't threatening enough, or rather the Heroes are unbelievably skillful in combat.
The film had some great build up in the beginning, with some amazing jump scares. But during the last few scenes I was fearing more for the well-being of the ghouls then the female explorers. Two women manage to…
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For the time being, I've given up on writing at length about movies. I feel little motivation to spend my time farting out my hot take on someone else's work. But I want to jot down some bullet points I can come back to later if I choose.
-too many jump scares. startling the audience can put them put them on edge but the effectiveness of this device wears thin quickly.
-not enough character development. better than most horror flicks but still not what it should be. troubled protagonist with an uninteresting tragic/traumatic backstory, super-capable buffy-esque leader of the group, fearless/impatient thrill-seeker and then three blank slates whose names i can't even recall. make me give a shit about the…
Essentially the same film in many respects as Dog Soldiers, except with the opposite gender and no sense of humour. Indeed, this is pretty grim going, but it gets a lot of mileage out of the claustrophobic cave setting (which is probably creepier than the budget-constrained quasi-morlock baddies). One of the better horror films of the decade.
Man, these girls go through a hell of an ordeal. The sets here are incredible, I was really surprised to read that they didn't use any actual caves. The slow burn first half is very effective (Although it got me thinking about horror movies: Are they only scary because we know they are horror movies? Like, I've been spelunking before and it's not that scary, especially in a group. But because I, as an audience member, knew that The Descent was a horror movie, I kept wondering when the horror would start and this created tension. It could have just been a cave exploration film and it wouldn't have been scary at all. It's all manufactured tension created by audience…
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…