The Descent
The Descent (2006)

A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows in The Descent, the second horror feature from Dog Soldiers writer/director… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: December 26, 2006
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Critic Score
85%
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User Score
75%



Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film. In this low-budget import from Scotland, director Neil Marshall has masterfully created a spelunking nightmare, which doubles as a compelling meditation on morality, vengeance, and the depths to which we might go for survival.

Sarah Lilleyman
TIME Magazine

Marshall could very well be the Caravaggio of the B-movie.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

For my money, [the] first 20 or so minutes are the best in the film. Once the real adventure gets underway in the cave, things get less interesting.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Here is a movie so precise and cautious with its material that every moment, every suggestion or action, becomes an experience that involves us to alarming lengths.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This intermittently effective UK horror thriller carefully establishes the psychological relationships among the women, then squanders this calibrated and generally plausible setup with a series of crude, implausible, and scattershot horror effects.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

While the movie has wonderful moments of unmotivated tension that make sure we're quite ill at ease from the beginning, it's also got a few too many of the kind of cheap boo-scares that indicate a director not fully trusting his grip on you.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Super-scary and vicious, both psychologically and physically, this cleverly produced chill-ride is edgy British horror at its very best.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The Descent sustains a level of intensity that most horror films can barely muster for five minutes.

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Judy Chia Hui Hsu
Seattle Times

Tight shots of women desperately wriggling through worm holes or teetering on a ledge overlooking an abyss create a claustrophobic effect, one that leaves the characters gasping for air and the audience breathing shallower.

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Total Film

Tense, gory and masterfully malevolent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Well done horror flick. Ive noticed a lot of the better thrillers are being made in other countries. Im so glad that these movies are getting shots to shine… More
Al S
A bloody masterpiece. A bold, gory, intense and brilliant horror film that returns faith to a dying genre. Director, Neil Marshall crafts a breathtaking classic… More
Dan Schultz
A near-masterpiece of a horror film. One of the most terrifying and suspenseful movies I've sat through. It's a gory, messy, dirty, and bone-breaking… More
Alex roy
The Descent is director Neil Marshall follow-up film to his memorable debut, Dog Soldiers. The Descent is yet another monster film and it's a genre that… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I think that Neil Marshall is one of the greatest horror directors working in the… More
Albert Kim
Claustrophobic, chilling, and brutal... this movie is one of the few that truly stands out as a great horror movie. Really well done. Cannot recommend it… More

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