Released: 4 August 2006
Director: Neil Marshall
Screenplay: Neil Marshall
Actors: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
In an attempt to help their friend ‘move on’ after a horrible accident, a group of friends get together for a caving expedition. However, it goes horribly wrong, and they find themselves trapped within the cave, fighting for a way out.
I quite enjoy how this movie takes place within the cave. It adds a certain level of intensity to the plot, as well as a different element to explore within the genre. It works with darkness and light well, and I love how the first half (or so) of the movie is surrounded by the sheer terror of being in an unexplored cave, that then gets ‘topped’ by the unexpected monster bash that they run into. The claustrophobia of being stuck underground and the worry allows for a great level of intensity.
The acting is good in this movie! I like the premise that these friends are getting together for a cave expedition (something have done as a group before) to bond after Sarah’s accident. It doesn’t feel forced, though I do think the accident is a means to make the viewer automatically sympathize with Sarah and root for her throughout the movie. It sets her apart from the rest of the group, which makes it quick to see that she’ll be the hero. And I’m still not completely sure how I feel about the vilification of the one friend throughout the movie. It doesn’t detract anything from the movie, but I do think it didn’t necessarily need to be included. There was enough tension without also having to add that.
Scare Factor/Disturbing Moments
This movie is awfully gory, which I love, but if you’re not a fan of blood, beware: there’s a lot of it. There’s a lot of stabbing, smashing, chewing, ripping, etc, of body parts, too. It’s just gruesome. So, if you’re not a fan of that, this might not be your movie. And the creatures are pretty ugly, though I wouldn’t say they’re the worst I’ve seen. You definitely wouldn’t want one of them coming at your in a dark cave, so they’re effective as the main scare factor.
The Descent is a solid movie. It has a good premise (although who thinks it’s a good idea to explore a cave that hasn’t been explored thus far is beyond me), and good acting. It has its disturbing moments, and a lot of blood. I definitely recommend it if you’re into ‘creature’ movies, and you’re not afraid to see a little (lot) of gore. I give The Descent a seven out of ten skulls.
Until next time, stay scary.