The Descent

The Descent

DVD - 2006
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On an annual extreme outdoor adventure, six women friends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep int the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exit and there is no way out. The women push on, praying for another exit, but there is something else lurking under the earth. The friends are now prey, forced to unleash their most primal instincts in an all-out war against an unspeakable horror that attacks without warning.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [c2006].
Edition: Fullscreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Descent (Motion picture : 2005)


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Oct 01, 2020

As earlier commentaries have highlighted, it's lots of darkness and gore as blood-soaked women, turned into warlike fighters, brutally kill the flesh-eating missing link humanoids. Plan on watching it as a double feature, as Descent 2 picks up immediately at the ending point of the first episode. The second part adds a few men as the proverbial "red shirts" who somewhat easily succumb to the ferocious humanoids. Ending leaves a few questions.

Nov 20, 2018

Good horror movie set underground, invoking claustrophobia, fear of the dark, and betrayal by friends. Six adventurous women set off to explore an underground cave, one of them still healing emotionally from a terrible traffic accident. The plot steadily intensifies the sense of something not quite right: are there more than just bats in the cave? Bloody and violent, not recommended for children.

Feb 14, 2018

Pretty good, pretty scary!

Jan 22, 2015

Neil Marshall trades in the testosterone-drenched machismo of “Dog Soldiers” for a double dose of kick-ass estrogen in this shockingly effective horror thriller. When a group of female spelunkers get trapped in a series of subterranean caves they soon discover that they are being stalked by some very nasty creatures with little brains and great big teeth. But even as they desperately search for a way out the “crawlers” always seem to be just one step ahead. It’s all here...claustrophobic spaces, creepy monsters, and a pervasive darkness that weighs on our protagonists as much as the tons of earth and rock above their heads. Marshall’s underground world is a dimly lit succession of nightmare landscapes and bottomless chasms where any shadow could hide a pile of whitewashed bones or a pair of malevolently glowing eyes. As friend turns against friend and reality becomes questionable a psychological dimension emerges that culminates in a bleakly enigmatic final scene. A true “chick flick” in every good sense, from the cast of strong yet believable women to the prevalence of psychosexual imagery (despite Marshall’s statement to the contrary sometimes a cave is not just a cave). If you’re looking for a film with shocks, gore, AND brains you need look no further.

Jan 13, 2015

Despite an excess in unimpressive CGI effects during this era, the creepies in this flick actually come off fairly freaky; even if this film follows the well trodden format familiar to slasher-flick fans, i.e. a gaggle of gushing gorgeous gals getting picked off one by one. (except "survivor-girl", of course)... or?... The atmosphere works though -we're not talking quantum physics here, and subterranean mutant human exile vampires works just fine. Watch in the dark!

Dec 27, 2014

It is rare anymore, but this movies scared the bajezzus out of me. Really terrifying!

Nov 18, 2014

One of the better horror films in the past ten years.

JasonAT Nov 15, 2014

One of THE most underrated horror movies of all time.

Jul 14, 2014

Very frightening , well acted, and at times claustrophobic, THE DESCENT is a terrific movie and a rarity in the cinematic cannon, in that it's a horror film that as opposed to reliance on graphic gore, goes the way of quality acting, and excellent cinematography, via the shots of the mountainsides and forest areas, and even the cavernous dwelling itself. The creatures are CGI, but it doesnt deter from a well told story, and the focus is on how the lead actresses fare in their relationships with one another, and this results in a watchable, effective film. Keep attentive for the shocking conclusion.

emerald2pac May 29, 2014

This is a really unique and different movie. Not your typical monster movie nor setting at all. There are some really scary parts as well as some very suspenseful moments. It's one of the best I have seen in a long time. I have actually seen this three or four different times since so many wanted to see it after I watched it. I don't scare easily so the scary parts aren't really bad for me but for others might be somewhat terrifying at times.

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Nov 20, 2018

Violence: Violent deaths.

Feb 14, 2018

Violence: Violence/Gore


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Feb 14, 2018

Rebecca: The noise she's making, she'll bring every one of those things down on her head.

Sam: As long as it's not on mine.


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