Aaron Murray’s review published on Letterboxd:
Absolutely hating myself rn for only getting to this now. The Descent has had one hell of a reputation for years and it's easy to see why. It's a gnarly & absolutely terrifying film that's completely strengthed by the confidence of it all. Taking its time to develop its characters and putting the horror in the background before bringing into the spotlight and making the wait 100% worth it.
The creatures in this definitely run the risk of being cheesy but thanks to a focus on practical effects, they absolutely landed for me. These are scary fuckers and the film makes sure to show them off just the right amount. It's definitely a lot but never do they lose their horror or dread.
I can't get over how much I love this film and I'm so happy I finally watched it! It's an incredible piece of modern horror that should be seen by everyone.
Quick observation: I wouldn't be surprised if this inspired a lot of horror that came in the 2010s. It really gave me vibes of something that A24 or even Blumhouse would get involved in at times. Maybe I'm dumb but idk