Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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,…
The Descent is absolutely impeccable. Dread is instant, continuous, and ever-present. With an impressively strong cast, Neil Marshall amps up the character right alongside the scares, keeping a brilliant balance between wondrous development and and frightful terror. I haven't seen anything so beautifully claustrophobic, enclosing the frame with suffocating amounts of darkness, surrounding the characters with toxic hopelessness and feverish pain.
Neil Marshall's direction is a roller-coaster in celluloid form, slowly climbing to the absolute limit before dropping into a state of horrific chaos and godlike revenge. It's as if the film itself goes back in time, with the primal instincts and the tribal paintings releasing a built-up rage deep within the collective unconscious. The direction is simply transfixing.…
I completely freaked out twice during this movie — the result of its two main jump scares. The first instance is when one of the cave’s creatures is, for the first time, unexpectedly captured on-screen. I yelled, paused the video and basically told my roommate with whom I was watching it that I would not be able to handle one more scare like that, which he in turn agreed with. Luckily for us cowards, The Descent takes a very surprising turn right after that. The film loosens up a bit and is less concerned with building tense momentum to feed another major jump scare, and more with creating a monster/slasher flick with some great fun. It even goes pretty nuts…
I don't know why I waited 10 years to see this! Creepy setting, cool monsters and brutal af
A surprisingly good horror movie about Spelunking. I actually thought this was pretty dope.
One of the few horror movies where the jump scares are built up well and actually prove effective with brutal results.
Reminds me of a darker, epicer Mole People.
This was a fine pick to watch with my roommate, Thomas, who is a fan of the horror genre while stuffing each of our faces with our own Fatte's Pizza ™. However, on retrospect, I didn't like this movie. There were a few things that surprised me, like the fact that the first half (or so) of the movie was sort of scary in a way that most horror movies are not scary. The middle segment of the movie I would definitely say is the strongest. However, the movie tried too hard in certain areas and not hard enough in others, leaving me with lack-luster drama forcefully mixed in to a story that... well... isn't much of a story.
Sentence: And don't tell me horror movies don't need to have stories.
Not awful. The creatures are fierce and disgusting. Claustrophobic beyond belief, the production design is really good.
Otra peli de "monstruos" involucionados... revolucionados... e-volucionados... No sé, otra de muchas...
"Hey, there's something down here..."
The first half of this had my mates and I commenting on the seemingly never-ending build-up and the sense that something was about to happen... soon...
The second half had us stunned into silence by the shock and terror. The night vision scene genuinely scared us and we went on to experience one of the truly great horror films of the '00's.
Not really sure how to feel about that ending, though...
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