PART 3, LAST (scroll down 2 message below for first part and read upwards)
you do not scare someone - with ONLY dread, you need higher
than that, 'jump' scares are that element that TAKE people by SURPRISE,
you need it, you may despise it but it's a reality, to scare you, you
need to be startled. The actress are incredible and heightened the fear
(they are screaming, emotions and full of tears, you know this could BE YOU in the cave, surviving). the scares are extremely well made with musical accents (staccato) but the whole movie is almost in surround silence (we only hear the surrounding noise of the cave and women's footsteps echos- frightening), the camera angles are scary confusing and claustrophobic by the tight crawling spaces, the fear is palpable in the women who expect impending doom (death),
there is utter viscerality and 'fight to the death' to live. It's a story of pure survival (blood, gore is never just for the sake, they really fight to death and he makes sure we feel the grittiness of the survival. The cave is so foreboding is takes a form of 'character' itself (the
shadows sculpt all the nice rock patterns, very detailed and realistic set construction. SIMPLY PUT : THE BEST SUSPENSE THRILLER HORROR/WITH HORROR ELEMENTS SINCE ALIEN 1 AND SHINING, YES, EVEN SHINING OR OR EXORCIST.Congrats
Mr.Marshall, please make Descent 3
PART 2 here you
feel on the scene right in the cave - with the women.))), it features
all-women cast (new, but not, but new enough - as spelunkers, very new
thus a originality), the creatures (which everyone laughs out as poor
man's version of 'ghollum troll' or some other 'fake *ss'
''costume-prosthetics''...great ''prosthetics'', like great '3D CGI', as a tool, have their place and I don't think the
'bareness' of these cave creatures should be so dismissed (''a 'naked
dude' with a 'ghollum mask'...nice..very scary.not.''). For me, the
first part is a slow build-up, and the best one, I saw this at Fantasia
in 2005, it took my breath away (No movie had done this in at least 20
years time, since the first Alien, and this movie is an homage to it
also, Mr.Marshall said that he was inspired by these great horror
movies such as the terrifying and slow potboiler Alien 1 of Mr.Scott),
I remember looking at these women fighting the Cave, fighting
themselves (friendships dissolve as they are now - each fending for
themselves), fighting death (pure survival), fighting creatures (yeah
OK they don't exist - its a 'FICTION' read that word/Calm down with the
'it doesn't make sense/it's stupid and nonsensical brainless movie'
accusation and an Excellent at that, but still they are late enough and
have a certain degree of 'fitting in', it 'could' be possible (even if
some said, these creatures would have evolved outside the cave/left
it...not necessarily, they could have evolved Inside), When they face
the pits/chasm it's utterly terrifying (to try to cross over and not
fall to their death), the cave is so mean and unforgiving. Mr.Marshall
uses important elements like coloring palette (he uses red during
deadly scenes, green in more danger-free scenes, important red flare
lighting and deep shadows blacks darkness to hide the elements and
enhance utter fear) scares (great) hate the 'jumpscare' 'boo! a flying
Hi ! This movie is pure excellence, unlike the 'it's pure garbage' that I am reading from people whom did not like it at all. I will respect others opinions and if they fell it's an utter poss and it's 'the worst film I ever saw in my life.. With that said. So back to my feelings on this. I
really can't understand people, I just don't...I'll try... I know it is not a movie that tries to be Oscar-worthy with deep layers of morality (there is some in this movie) around
a dramatic story. For horror ones (I despise this term I prefer thriller/suspense with horror elements, I know this is high categorizing which I don't like either, since it's pigeon holing, The audience also forgets that there are over 50,000 movies, it's 'normal' At some point, things can look similar when there are so many movies. ..so please cut some slack and be considerate of how hard it is to make a movie. So with that,
further, said. I want to say this movies is pure excellence because it hits the right
notes : claustrophobia (some don't like that, hence hate the
movie..understandable, still this element raises the movies scare
factor), darkness (extremely important to increase the psychological
factor (who is isn't afraid of utter darkness - stuck in a cave?),
extremely impressive soundtrack and aural experience (the sound
designers made sure there is reverberation and 'cave echo' everywhere
in the movie (unlike in Descent 2, which is more flat sonic-ally and
greatly affects the viewers spatial situations effect (trapped in a
silent cave where every surround sound is heard in echo 3D surround
sound fashion. In fact, The Descent boasts an incredible 7.1 channels
instead of regular 5.1 (still great), the difference is massive, you
hear creatures behind you, (side left, side right) everywhere this
level of 3D surround sound 'envelopping/engulfing' effect is not heard
of in other horror movies, where you feel more a passive eye, here you
This movie was a piece of garbage. Best horror movie to come out of USA? WRONG!I think it's cute when people with no taste post pathetic comments. I yawned through the whole thing. The Cave was just as bad as this film.
The best modern horror film to have come out here in the USA..
My favorite Horror film to have come out...
Scary and brilliantly done.. One of the pure modern horror flicks!!!
Awesome film,"Gory,depth story-line, and scary." The best Horror film to have ever come out,"PERIOD."
The best cave-horror film to come out.. Better then the cave and cavern in those flicks was just a about monster and killing.. But The descent is more then monster and killing it has a story behind it and characters that you grow to care about is descending to the dark.. It has a claustrophobic feeling which keeps you on the edge of your seat.. I was really amazed with this one the best horror flick in 2006 and it set a bar really high for other horror flicks!
Masterpiece, this definitely set the bar high for these modern horror flicks!
Running Time: 99 min.
August 4, 2006
December 26, 2006
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