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The Descent (Original Unrated Widescreen Edition)
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One year after a tragic accident, six girlfriends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual extreme outdoor adventure, in this case the exploration of a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes, and there's no way out. But there is something else lurking under the earth. (Lionsgate)
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Women that evidently get killed while walking up to another woman from behind, but never utters a word since I guess after seeing a monster they don't talk or scream like 2 minutes before that.
Rafting on whitewater...these girls ARE pros. Not a drop of water inside the raft or on the seats from splashing. Their makeup is still on too. Not a broken fingernail. I've crafted with girls for years and they all are scared of the big white water, get drenched, nails broken off, at least the boat gets very wet..must have been class 1.
NEVER would a car that comes to a stop not try and MOVE over 2 feet to miss another vehicle when there's 4 feet of road that they could use...dumb. the cave exploration was the stupidity of it all...not taking the book? Not leaving directions for others if the come looking? Cave exploration 101..!! Don't be stupid, but I guess here they all are stupid. Not a check, recheck once? If you don't have a common sense brain...then this is your movie. Get under covers and scream forever...I did..about how stupid they were.
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But never seem to find them as scary as I used to. Maybe I had become immune to the fear after watching so many.
Only 2 films ever scared me to my core.
The first one being the woman in black which I watched when I was 12 and was one of the first ghost films I'd ever watched so was reasonably petrified.
The second is this film. I watched this a year ago after years of being an avid horror fan and it gave me the same sense of dread as when I was 12.
Its slow to begin with and the first 20 minutes has dialogue that's a little cringey.
But as they enter the cave and become lost it quickly speeds up. The sense of claustrophobia and dread is suffocating.
And with a great twist at the end you are left cold and in shock.
Great film with real suspense, suitable for horror fans and first timers.
Truly terror at its purest.
The picture quality and sound on the Blu-ray is pretty good
As a person who is not a horror aficionado I have to admit I found the low rent special effects quite reassuring because I do not need to see scary stuff to be scared, you only need to suggest it and I will be uncomfortable, so dubious animations of bats and other weak SFX helps avoid there being too much tension for me.
Stupidly I read something about Descent 2 before seeing this, so I knew how it would end before I started, but still on balance "I like it" is a reasonable score. So for an evening in with a moderate horror movie I think this is a great buy. Yes there is lots you can pick at but for the film budget, the DVD price and the pacing it is worth it.
To add to the danger, they are moving through unexplored caves, so no one knows they are there, and then an accident forces them on in through the tunnels, until they encounter something underground.
It is at this point that the fear factor is ramped up. The gore begins, although it is not the blood that makes this film scary, it's the psychological factor of the crawlers underground silently stalking our heroines from all angles, up close in a wide array of caves they cannot escape from.
PS I refuse to watch the second one after being told how bad to was by well tasted friends as it becomes cursed like many great horror films by capitalist pigs with no passence for craft or end points.
The strength of "The Descent" lies in its cinematography. The cave and pothole filming is excellent, and creates the atmosphere, and a feeling of being trapped, essential for the story to work. Being familiar with potholing, the filming really did capture some of the feelings associated with being stuck inside tiny, wet caves.
The film was almost ruined for me however by a near-fatal flaw. That is, to enable the film to be truly scary, the viewer would need to fear for the lives of the main characters, to sympathise with them and hope for them. There is however, no characterisation of the cave team whatsoever. A brief scene of them getting drunk on the night before they go off caving is simply not enough for us to get to know them. We don't really know anything about them - and their personalities all blend in to each other. So when things start going wrong for them, I found I wasn't as bothered about it as I perhaps should have been. The only form of character development happened in a sudden moment where the girls were all suddenly transformed from a group of shrill whingers to ass-kicking monster slayers.
Nevertheless, the monsters looked pretty good (even if their movements were created simply by speeding up the camera), the cave filming was great, and in summary it was a very watchable film spoiled by the underdeveloped characters, essential to hold together its fairly basic plot.
Whoever did the casting had the bright idea to make the movie exclusively feminine and this proved to be a winning move. Not that the girls are "damsels in distress" - in fact, they are very tough and kick @ss almost as well as Ripley in "Aliens". Also, although pleasant to look at, they do not really look like models - this trap was avoided and gave the film a touch of realism, which made it even scarier.
The final scene of climbing in the main "killing ground" is on a masterpiece level. OK, this movie is not "Exorcist" or "Alien" - but it is amongst the best horrors made since a long long time.
One year after losing her husband and daughter in a car crash, Sarah is persuaded by her friends Juno, Beth, Sam, Rebecca and Holly to go on a caving trip with them. When they enter the cave, a rock falls and blocks the exit, to make things worse for the girls, the cave is home to canabalistic creatures that have just found their next meal!
The acting in The Descent is amazing with a special mention going to the emotionally tramatized Sarah played by Shauna McDonald and Beth, Sarah's best friend, played by Alex Reid. Yes, the film is very gorey but the set gore pieces are few and far apart.
Dog Soldiers (the films have the same director) was a great film but The Descent is miles better, so if you liked Dog Soldiers, you'll love The Descent.
I thoroughly love this film.
The Descent is a much darker, straight faced outing and its gore galore from the start. The basic story is a group of thrill seeking young women go caving in a group of uncharted caves and get trapped, only to find they are not alone down there!
The direction is excellent Marshall gives a real chlostraphobic feel to the film and the tension builds unbearably, as their descent into the caves mirrors their descent into madness. There are plenty of genuine frights along the way and the creature effects are great.
The acting is good for a horror, there is real chemistry between the girls and they are all believable, strong characters. Its real popcorn stuff and Marshall is quickly establishing himself as a horror master of the future, WATCH THIS SPACE!