Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Descent (***)

I love the poster for this movie. It's so eye catching and really sets this film apart from other horror movies. That's fitting because The Descent is heads and tails above most horror movies from the past ten years. It's a low-budget British flick with a cast of all females, and for the first hour, it really is one of the scariest films you'll see. Six women go cave spelunking in the Appalachian mountains and as they go further into the cave, the tension really starts to ratchet up. They'll crawling through these tight tunnels where rocks are crashing in above and around them, and one can't help but feel claustrophobic. And then the creatures come. They're some type of humanoid and they resemble Gollum from the animated Hobbit. Cool idea, and it could have been really scary, but director Neil Marshall goes crazy with the camera shots and editing and loses all the intensity he worked so hard to build in the first hour. It gets really silly really fast, but is still entertaining and it keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end.


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