Horrors Awaits You Deep Within The Earth. Movies You Need To See: The Descent

By: Justin Dee

justin-dee@utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) Descend deep with in the bowels of the earth and see what horrors await you in Neil Marshall’s 2005 film The Descent.

The Descent was shot entirely in the United Kingdom although it was set in the U.S.

  • Release Date: April 2, 2006
  • Staring :Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora Jane Noone
  • Domestic Gross Revenue: £3,500,000
  • Gross Revenue:  £2,701,595

Starring a all female cast The Descent centers around a group of friends who decide to go an a spelunking trip in  the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina when they get trapped in the cave and run across some vicious cave dwelling creatures known as crawlers.

When Roger Ebert described the the film in his 2006 review he compared the film to classics like Deliverance, JawsAlien and Dead Calm, writing that “It’s just that good.”

“Finally, a scary movie with teeth, not just blood and entrails — a savage and gripping piece of work that jangles your nerves without leaving your brain hanging. And so, for a change, you emerge feeling energized and exhilarated rather than enervated, or merely queasy,” wrote Ebert.

Steven Redd described The Descent as “defiantly different” when he was interviewed about the film.

Redd did have one issue with the film however, he said “The lighting and the fact that it’s an all female cast sometimes makes it difficult to differentiate some of the lesser characters.”

The descent currently available on DVD.

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