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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…
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,…
B*TCH i am still shaking!!!! had to pause at least 12 times to pull myself together because this might be the scariest film I've ever watched. never watching this again
This is brilliant, a classic, and I was actually happy with the way it was ending (that's the way the US theatrical release ends).
Having watched the alternate ending version it spoiled the experience somewhat, though even in the alternate version there's potential, but it just finishes so hastily and poorly, not in keeping at all with the rest of the film.
Keen to watch the theatrical US version.
Particularly impressed by the editing here. All the performances are mint.
FEMALES ARE STRONG AS HELL BUT ALSO WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY GOING IN A CREEPY CAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE JUST DON'T DO IT IT'S EASY I'M DOING IT RIGHT NOW
I hated this movie. Don't get me wrong, the first half of it was bloody amazing but the moment SPOILERS when those creatures - crawlers - showed up, I lost the interest. It's still a good movie, though, but not for me. I think it would be better if they stuck with the original plot - being lost in the cave. Paranoia, claustrophobia... those are the things that are scary on their own. Creatures were totally unnecessary but I guess it's just the matter of taste.
I watched this film as part of my A Level Media Studies exam prep in like 2012, for talking about genre and gender etc etc etc. I am a notable baby when it comes to anything even remotely scary and hadn't, and haven't since, (well not properly) ever seen a horror film. Maybe watching it over three days, in day time, surrounded by class mates, made it bareable - but I actually really liked it! I had that feeling like when you get off a roller coaster. Like, wow that was horrible but also great. Maybe I would like some other horror films? But for now I'm just glad I saw this one.
Tbh the scariest part is…
They got it right with the claustrophobic setting, same with the perils of the cave per se, but the survivors suddenly knowing to fight like fucking Batman really put me off.
"We're in the wrong fucking cave!"
ok so I watched this on my iPod late last night cause I'm on holiday in Spain and I forgot to take my laptop with me but they got way more content on Netflix here which means I'm sure as hell still gonna watch a film. despite seeing this on the smallest screen possible I enjoyed it enormously cause I kind of didn't expect it to keep me as interested as it did. a group of women stumbling and fighting their way through a subterranean cave system that is inhabited by vicious creatures who don't intend to let them leave again. the camerawork was pretty good considering that most of the time the only…
Another movie (see: Event Horizon) which, when someone tells me it's scary, I no longer trust their opinion.
Cuando el cine de terror pasaba por uno de sus peores momentos, un director con visión puso las cartas sobre la mesa y planteó un nuevo tipo de terror. ¿Su nombre? Neil Marshall, el mismo que en 2002 trajo “Dog Soldiers”, una película de terror británica la cual muchos desconocemos porque jamás salió a luz en muchos países.
En "The Descent" se reúne un elenco muy carismático y entrañable: Juno (Natalie Mendoza), Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) y Beth (Alex Reid) que son amigas y que adoran las emociones fuertes, ninguna de ellas es conocida por este lado del mundo lo que le da más realismo a lo que viven estas amigas.
Este film tiene una gran ventaja y es que comienza…
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