Marshall doesn't come close to developing his 6 female characters well. To be fair, he rarely tries, as even Macdonald's traumatic past is only seen in exposition and grazing over emotions of grief, making the last shot's odd dramatic intent unearned, like the rest of its cast's pathos. The Descent is better in being an atmospheric set-piece rouser, and despite its shallow simplexes, is quite exciting in bursts.
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.
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
Like Carpenter's The Thing, Marshall finds in a dark desolate place the perfect setting to create anxiety and distrust amongst a group of people. Unlike many modern horrors which peak early and then die out, Descent steadily builds up the dread until the end. Achieved by the cave's increasing hostility—attacking physically and mentally—which pits them against feral beings that serve as a bridge to their own oblivion.
Horor sempurna bukan cuma tentang teror dari luar, tapi ketika sisi kemanusiaan dan trauma psikologis yang jauh lebih mudah mencederai. Bagian pertama milik Juno, pertengahan menuju akhir adalah milik Sarah. Oh, dan referensinya luar biasa.
Terrifying and amazing. The suspense was built up incredibly well. I can't decide if I like the american or UK ending better, but I think it's good if you can watch both. I've been caving before and I'm pretty certain I won't go again after seeing this...
After watching this one, I'm having trouble thinking of a better horror film released in the last decade. Serious atmosphere throughout, making great use of the dark, and fortunately not falling into Blair Witch-like handheld/nauseating camerawork. A real surprise for me, as I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did. It not firmly has a spot in my favorites/best of the 2000s.
The first third of "The Descent" is a great weekend-gone-wrong set up, only it curiously handles a female-only cast and a strange setting - underground caves. Very claustrophobic with rising tension, and that's before the appearance of cave creatures. Once the group stumbles upon primitive cave dwellers, havoc is wreaked and a violent fight for survival ensues. Some fantastic scares and a gorgeous look.