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The Descent (2005)

  Tags: Alex Reid, blood, cave dwellers, gore, humanoid, Molly Kayll, MyAnna Buring, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Neil Marshall, nocturnal, Nora-Jane Noone, Saskia Mulder, Shauna MacDonald, the descent, uk

Your rating: None Average: 7.9 (22 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
8

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Rating #: 
8/10
Director: 
Neil Marshall
Runtime: 
99 minutes
Cast: 
MyAnna Buring, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Molly Kayll, Shauna Macdonald, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone, Alex Reid


Neil Marshall does it again! From the brilliantly entertaining werewolf flick Dog Soldiers and now this. If you're wondering what the hell this movie is, it's a flick that was released theatrically in July over in the UK. The states won’t see it for a while since Lion's Gate owns the rights, and so far haven't posted a release date. Now let’s not get this confused with The Cave (coming out August 26th) or what I'd like to call Pitch Black-underground. Hands down, this is one of the best horror movies I've seen in a long time and for once all the hype around a movie is true. The Descent follows a group of adventurous women, as they enter a large pit deep in the forest, which leads to an unknown and possibly unexplored cave system. Led by the butch-but-somehow-still-hot Juno, the women find themselves trapped and not alone.... and we're not talkin' about bats here people.

This film oozes all kinds of original. The first half is an interesting and thrilling watch as the women go about exploring the cave and encounter a little trouble here and there. The second half is where horror elements kick into full gear as they come across a strange new breed of predators that just loooovvee fresh outside meat. I even had an "oh shit" moment while viewing the movie thanks to the excellent atmosphere and constant darkness within the cave. Now why can't we have movies like this here in the states? I liked how the movie had an all-female cast, because normally when a group of people come across creatures, or killers, or ghosts, they're a mixed young batch of what I refer to as the "three D's" -- druggies, drunkards, and dumbasses. If we had an all male cast we'd see nothing but a lot of machismo mumbo-jumbo, and a misplaced stoner somewhere that provides the comic relief. Nope, in this movie we've got a serious group of female leads that are looking for nothing but a little adventure.

Now about the predators -- I don't wanna spoil anything, but let’s just say they are pretty badass and original, in my opinion. They are also associated with a lot of the sweet gore scenes. Speaking of which, the film doesn't hold back on the blood and gore. Hell, we even have one of the leads fall into a pit of blood! I'm definitely adding this movie to my DVD collection whenever it hits shelves.

If there's ever a horror movie that you had to absolutely see, let this be it! This is one of the best horror flicks I've seen in a long time. Hot chicks + scares + blood and guts + a large group of strange sharp-toothed-cave-dwelling-predators = brilliance.

Posted on July 6, 2009 - 4:39am | FrighT MasteR

 

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