Spooktober – Day 28: The Descent (2005)

What is The Descent?

After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other. The Descent stars Shauna McDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, and it was directed by Neil Marshall. The Descent generated a sequel in 2009 titled The Descent: Part 2.

Why do I recommend it?

I watched The Descent only a few months ago, but it is without a doubt one of my new favorite horror movies. With every viewing, I gain new appreciation and respect for it. It’s so well done in every aspect it explores that it’s almost unbelievable. Typically even the best horror movies are lacking in at least one era. Whether that be less than stellar acting, formulaic plot, one-note characters, there is usually something that is lacking even in our favorite horror movies. However, with The Descent, everything is in top shape. The movie is anything, but formulaic, the actors are very good, and their characters are definitely not one-note. Not to mention, the movie is terrifying and not in a conventional way. I mentioned in my Movies Watched In June and Fears that The Descent made me claustrophobic. That’s how tense and dreadful the caves scenes are. I felt like I couldn’t breathe while I was watching them, I can’t imagine how the actresses were able to do it. That’s were most of the tension comes from being in a dark trapped cave, anyone would feel suffocated while watching it. The Descent makes you feel uneasy before they even bring in these monsters. The movie didn’t necessarily need to bring in the monsters hunting the girls as being trapped underground is scary enough, but the creatures do add on more unnerving moments not that the movie was lacking before. The Descent feels like a literal descent to hell in more ways than one, in a good way of course.

The Descent has everything you want out of a horror movie. Okay, I may be biased saying that because I do love this movie, but still I think any horror fan will find something to like about it. The Descent puts the viewer through the wringer within the first few minutes and doesn’t stop until the credits begin to roll. It keeps you on your feet, it will gasp at every shock, make you want to hold your breath, hands start to sweat as your anxiety start to rise. It’s an uneasy movie, just like every good horror film should be. Horror is made to make people uncomfortable and The Descent reinforces this idea perfectly. It’s unnerving and suffocating and in many ways, that’s why I love it. The tension the film builds over the course of the movie finally boils over in one of my favorite confrontations in a movie ever. The Descent is an impeccable piece of horror that I will remember for years to come.

7 Extra Great Horror Movies

  • The Tingler (1959)
  • Spirits of the Dead (1968)
  • Martin (1978)
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Funny Games (1997)
  • The Others (2001)
  • The Neon Demon (2016)

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