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.
i don't care what anyone says because even after watching it lots of times this is still one of the best horror movies i have ever seen. i almost forgot that we watched it in bed this halloween and that afterward i was too scared when i woke in the middle of the night to roll my back to the bedroom door for a cuddle lest the Mole Men get me
(Generous) 7 - I could talk about this film's adherence to genre stereotypes, like its flagrant abuse of annoying jump scares (though it actually avoids a lot of other stereotypes by the mere virtue of having actual characters), until the cows came home; that would be missing its point. Flawed as the film is, the set design is so terrific that it almost single-handedly makes it worth watching. Claustrotacular.