Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Let us kick off the New Year in a big way--a group of friends set off to explore previously uncharted caves, but once down there they discover terrors they could never imagine. I was astonished when I realized I had not yet reviewed The Descent. I first saw this movie when it hit theatres back in 2005 and I’ve loved it since. The creatures the gals inevitably come across are rather scary, but they are not the only scare here—arguably, they are the least effective scare in the film.
Writer/Director Neil Marshall does a fantastic job keeping the viewer squirming with the more natural fears in the film. Your stomach will turn many times if you are scared of heights. If you’re scared of the dark, you will be running to turn the lights on. If you have a fear of tight spaces, you may faint. THESE are the things that make this movie truly terrifying. If that’s not your cup of tea and you are just in it for the gore, you will also be quite satisfied with this movie—the sheer amount of blood and broken bones is more than enough to quench your thirst. The human element is strong, with friendship and loyalty called into question. Still not enough to convince you? How about enough twists and turns in the end to keep your head spinning, and an ending (the theatrical one, not the more conventional one you will likely see if you watch this on television) that will leave you gasping. My only complaints are a somewhat slow opening and some rough acting from a minor character or two, but these distractions are so small they are easy to get past. The Descent isn’t just one of my personal favorite horror films—it is truly one of the best horror films of the last several decades.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9
The Descent Movie Trailer