The Descent

The Descent ★★★★★

Do you ever watch a movie that is so fantastic and memorable that you continue to follow that director's work and either he/she starts producing absolute shite or drops off the map?

No, I'm not talking about M. Night Shyamalan, I'm referring to writer/director Neill Marshall, and I'm whining about this because he wrote and directed one of the best horror movies of all time, The Descent, and nothing he has done since matches this masterpiece.

Refreshingly made with a great all-female cast of mostly strong characters instead of the stereotypical "scream queens" or stupid college kids, this claustrophobic and relentless descent (no pun intended) into both real-life and creature-feature horror is just fabulous.

There is enough build-up to make you care about their relationships, strained or not, so that when the shit hits the fan, and boy does it do that in a blood-soaked frenzy, we are emotionally invested by the time bad things start happening.

SPOILER
I was shocked to learn while researching this movie that it was not shot in an actual cave but on a set they made in Pinewood Studios. I looked at the movie with a new eye and for the life of me I couldn't tell the difference.

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Watched for Horror Hunt #34 (April 2021)
9. Re-watch a horror film that you’ve rated 5 stars.

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