With the release of the sequel to this great movie from 2005, let’s take look inside the creepy caves inhabited by something that is not human. Coming to us from Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, Doomsday and his upcoming movie Centurion) The Descent cleverly uses close quarters to create the claustrophobic feeling with the viewer. Atmosphere is very intense with roller-coastery pacing. At this point, I think it’s time to rant about the evolution of humans, where we adopted caves as our natural shelters. Thousands and thousands generation peering into the dark, listening to the echoes of strange animals or natural processes that we didn’t even knew existed. This primordial setting takes us from our nice and polished world and plunges us back into the very beginnings of the humanity where it was us versus the nature….
After a tragic accident where her daughter and husband died in car accident, Sarah reunites with her six best friends for a cave exploration weekend, but something is in the caves, something that does not want to be explored. The Descent visually looks great, and that goes for the effects as well, and at this point I must emphasize that very few stunt doubles were used in the flick and that the most of the work the actors did themselves. It’s all about something lurking in the dark, and the bloody scenes. So if this is your cup of tea, you will be satisfied. And if you would like to see more of these cave flicks check out The Descant 2 and The Cave (what an original title), they are both good, and have that same vibe. Enjoy.
Director: Neil Marshall
Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone
Fun Stuff: No real caves appear anywhere in film, they were all sets built at Pinewood Studios, London created by Production Designer Simon Bowles.