On an annual extreme outdoor adventure, six women meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exi... more »t and there's no way out. The women push on, praying for another exit, but there is something else lurking under the earth. The friends are now prey, forced to unleash their most primal instincts in an all-out war against an unspeakable horror - one that attacks without warning, again and again and again.« less
"I thought this film would turn into garbage since I wasn't looking forward to seeing it, when I saw all the wonderfull reviews I thought that it might be a bit to overhyped and the premise did not look that intresting but I was completely wrong the descent turned out to be a true horror film and I was not dissapointed. From the beggening till the end I was amazed at how scary this film was and it was an excellent british horror film, from the moment the girls enter the caves your nerves are on edge. The story's about a group of girls who seek adventure on a cave expedition, while deep inside the underground caves they find themselves cut of from the world and off the map. Battling to get back to the surface they realise that they are being hunted by an unknown cannibalistic force, now they must pull together and fight for their survival, directed by Neil Marshall the guy that did Dog soldiers. The film was very gory so if your squimish or claustrophobic then I suggest you watch something else because most of the time the action takes place in small and tight areas but thats whats great about this film as well as the atmosphere and great location. I thought that this film was great and I highly recomend this for true horror fans.
Edit 08/13/06: I'm just going to let people know that this film was released last year in the U.K. and its available on region 2 dvd just this month it was released in theaters across the U.S. so far the American version has a different ending which sucks, its better if you watch the original ending for this excellent film enjoy...."
Spelunking Through The Gates Of Hell
Sky | New York | 12/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You've got a pretty tight group of girlfriends. You're a pretty tough girl yourself. You do a lot of adventurous stuff that usually includes mostly just your girlfriends.
After a year's hiatus due to a terrible family tragedy, you decide it's time to hook up with your girls and shake the bad memories on a spelunking outing.
You head to a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains to some charted caves recommended by a spelunking guide, according to one of your group members. You embark with 6 friends into the caves from the highpoint in the mountain...down...down...down through the bowels of the mountain in search of an exit at a lower point.
Then two of a plethora of bad things happen. A tunnel that you came through is sealed off leaving you only one way to go...down. And your partner reveals the reality that a guide didn't recommend the caves at all; she thought it would make the excursion more adventurous in unexplored caves. There is no charted way out.
Think that's a problem? How about shining your light down the next tunnel where you see an eerie human-ish looking figure crouched in the dark peering back at you?
The Descent has chills. There's high suspense. It goes without saying that there are good old fashioned jump-out-of-the-dark scares (they are in a cave!). No special effects needed here to generate excitement. The creatures are well designed and scary.
The story flows very well. The acting is better than the average Horror flick. And Director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) keeps a better than average flow of twists and turns coming.
Do indeed see it if you're into the genre. The Descent is one of the movies on my Amazon Listmania List, "15 Flicks Guaranteed To Leave A Permanent Impression".
Note: The US theatrical version had a lame ending compared to the original UK version. The US DVD release gives you the option of which ending you'd prefer to view. Go with the original."
Climb Aboard For "The Descent"
K. Harris | Las Vegas, NV | 12/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not typically accustomed to going "gaga" over horror films. It's not that I don't like them, I love them--but truth be told, it's hard to find genuinely good ones. I'm entertained by lots of the gory, splatter films that have recently dominated the box office. Usually, however, it's a matter of accepting the limitations within these films and getting whatever enjoyment you can out of the scenarios. It's been a very long time since I thought of a current horror movie as a 5 star event, so nothing could have surprised me more than "The Descent."
The preliminary setup is a good one. Our heroines begin to explore some unknown, uncharted cave systems and quickly become trapped. Now our ladies must use their resourcefulness and intelligence to try to get out. The dynamics start to play out between the women--good and bad--and a real fear for survival starts to set in. We are squarely in a man versus nature psychological thriller atmosphere. It recalls for me "Open Water"--a film whose horror is about helplessness and being stranded, not about sharks.
But just as soon as I was sure where I was headed, the rug was pulled out. The last third becomes a monstrously bloody battle for survival. It is so well choreographed, I was sucked in wholeheartedly. And far from being victims--our heroines exhibit intelligence, brutality, resilience, loyalty and a real survival instinct. We've got some real female empowerment going on! For pure horror, this film goes out with a real bang.
I was completely blindsided by this one. There's a good screenplay, a credible backstory, appealing actresses, great cinematography and nice effects.
"The Descent" may not be the "best" movie I see this year--but as a pure adrenaline rush, I promise you it will be one of my favorites. KGHarris, 12/06. "
One Of The Very best Horror Films I Have Ever Seen!
creatureart | Massachusetts | 12/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Neil Marshall's "The Descent" completely lives up to the hype! It is one of the bloodiest horror films to ever play on the big screen for sure. It is the definition of claustrophobic & it is truly one of the most jump out of your seat scariest big screen horror flicks since Ridley Scott's "ALIEN". Just more proof that the great horror films & the great horror film Directors are comeing from the world of independent films. Even though the concept isn't so fresh it seems that everything else about it is. The cave creatures are brilliantly gruesome & realistic(great make up/efx). Even with all the mostly dry & un-original remakes out there,the last 8-9 years has still produced some of the best horror films ever & "The Descent" is truly the final seal of approval that we horror movie fans will look back at the turn of the century as a great era in horror movie history let alone movie history in general. If I'm Alive 20 years from now I will be so glad to say I saw this one in the theatre. A masterpiece!
***UPDATE*** Coming from someone who saw the American theatre ending,IMO the original UK ending that comes with the widescreen unrated original cut is excellent & just as good if not better than the shortened American theatre version."
Purkinje | Denver, CO | 12/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a great movie-- it made my wife scream bloody murder twice, which makes it totally worth the money. At the same time, it's not a cheap horror flick; instead, it develops the characters and makes you feel like you are really in the cave exploring it. For anyone who is a true spelunker or climber, you will appreciate the extraordinary and accurate filming under tough lighting conditions, as well as the accuracy of climbing technique that went into this film. The blu-ray looked fantastic, especially when viewing the wilderness area where the cave was located."