Marshall's 'The Descent' was simply one of the best horror films of its decade. A group of women go caving in an undiscovered system in the Appalachians only to discover they're not alone deep underground. What makes the film work so well is the relationships and well planned back stories; it doesn't rely on just the horror.
an unapologetic 4 stars from me - truly one of the most horrifying films to come out of the 21st century. and an all female cast?? the only male is impaled within the first five minutes and quickly forgotten, make no mistake- this is a women's film through and through
Fun, overall; I'd say Juno is probably the biggest immediate source of problems for the movie since she makes the dumb decisions to land the character in their predicament, and she's ultimately a sacrificial lamb of sorts to the character's vengeful fury (over Beth's death too), but it's still a pretty good time, overall, landing some really striking angular lines in its shots, especially towards the end.
Even twelve years on, it's still astounding what Marshall was able to do with some rocks, some shadows, and a game cast. Even on a second, tenth, or twentieth watch it sets the pulse pounding using the primal fears of dark places and being prey to something stronger and hungrier than you. Fear and filmmaking don't come much purer than this.
I really don't see what's the big bang about this one: it has good ideas and it's not only horror - it's agony, but the whole monster thing is just too cheesy. One thing I can say: this was one of those i-will-definitely-watch-this-someday-soon-maybe-next-year and, now that I did, it has not aged well. Nice scenes and nice genre starter, though.
All I will say is that the horror film I was expecting to watch is nothing like what I came away feeling like with this film. Not only is it brilliantly bloody and cringe-worthy at all the right moments, but the female cast mixed with fighting off creepy cave dwellers fit perfectly with the already dim atmosphere of the uncharted caves. The music score also adds in where it should. See this if you like a surprise.
Been trying to get into this film for long time and finally enjoyed it, from the moment our heroines went into the cave it felt like there was lots of "underground filmmaking" and use of red lighting. All in all: a dark, gory, claustrophobic, atmospheric, entertaining, & well-made trip most horror fans can dive into. 4/5
holy crap. first of all: a group of strong, not sexualized women, applause to that. secondly: I would have constant panic attacks even being in those caves, that is a horror movie by itself! but then the creatures? terrifying. the ending was just awesome, I was expecting a twist in a way, but I didn't expect that. Great horror film!
An original story where a bunch of women explore a mountain cave were soon to be discovered stone textured predators live. There will be plenty of blood and gore but not without a fight. However ocational bad sets, sloppy cinematography and strange acting or should I say lazy character direction made this more frightening to me when I saw this as a teenager than it did just now 11 years later.