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The Descent (2005)
Director: Neil Marshall
Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, and Nora-Jane Noone
I first heard of The Descent on message boards from some UK posters telling that although the premise seems like a run-of-the-mill horror flick it's direction makes it much more than that. They promised that this film would deliver gore, action, and scares and that it may be the best horror film in recent years. Needless to say I couldn't wait for the US release.
We start out watching three best friends Juno, Sarah, and Beth white-water rafting as Sarah's husband and daughter look on. On Sarah's family's ride home tragedy strikes as they are in a car accident taking the life of Sarah's husband and daughter. One year later Juno invites Sarah and Beth to the US to go cave-diving with Juno's friends and to catch-up. Unbeknownst to everyone Juno has plans to explore an undiscovered cave... undiscovered for a reason DUM DUM DUUUM!! Once they travel several hundred feet underground their only known passage to the surface is blocked and they encounter creatures that live in the darkness and have a taste for human flesh.
What an intense movie! The creature don't make an appearance until a little later into the film and there are many tense scenes leading to it. The interaction between the characters are great and ultimatly very tragic as friends are lost and even betrayed. The make-up effects are very horror-movie-like as there is lot's of blood (well rather just flat out gore as they always add texture to it) and the creatures although human-like in appearance are very horrifying.
This has to be one of the more terrifying horror films I've seen for some time not only the creature but the whole atmosphere. It's dark, enclose and seems to be no way out. This is how a great horror film is made! Don't expect just to see girls screaming and running away there is actually a lot of female empowerment in this film and you will definately be instore for alot of ass-kicking.
The US cut of the ending is different from the UK cut by a few seconds. I've seen the uncut ending and feel that the film is more complete as it ends too abruptly in the US cut. If you don't have a surround sound system GO SEE IT IN THE THEATER!
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