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  • The locations, both the endless stretch of forests and subterranean catacombs look amazing
  • Those of a weak stomach might find their eyes closed and concealed with hands many a time, but it’s an exhilarating experience
  • If you’re fortunate enough to get a chance to see this on the big screen, then definitely pursue that

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      Neil Marshall may have amassed a cult following with his previous horror effort “Dog Soldiers”, but with The Descent, he really hits his stride as a horror maestro in the makings.

      Unlike his testosterone drenched werewolf vs. soldier movie, this time Marshall instead goes the all girl route; offering us up half a dozen tough female types. After a brief and startling opener that quickly ruins one of the leading lady’s lives forever, we cut to one year later, with the six old friends meeting up in the rural sticks of North America for thrill seeking caving expedition.

      Things don’t go exactly to plan, and after a cave in and the revelation any rescue team will be looking in the wrong place, things get a shade darker


      at the arrival of the Crawlers; a terrifying and savage species of flesh eating, pale skinned creatures that quickly cement themselves as modern movie monster classics. Chaos ensues, guts are strewn and soon the survivors’ fates are looking bleak. There’s some tough, ass kicking dealt by our heroines, but don’t be expecting a happy ending. Something more along the lines of Texas Chainsaw’s final scene is probably more apt a description.

      This film is just terrific. An instant horror classic, and trailblazing in the wake of modern British horror classics like 28 Days Later, it once again shows that the Brits can do horror as good as the rest of them. The locations, both the endless stretch of forests and subterranean catacombs look amazing; heightening the sense ...


      • of isolation and stacking the odds even further against our heroines. The six female leads are all pretty impressive too, namely Shauna MacDonald as leader of the pack Sarah, who soon strips of her sulky, wallflower shell and becomes a force of nature. Also on the books is Juno; the Cain to Sarah’s Abel and another one who knows how to deal pain to the Nth degree. The remaining members of the group are all great, offering us a nice selection of character types. But, it’s the Crawler’s that really steal the show. Terrifying both to look at and listen to as they screech their way through yet another blood soaked attack.

        Once the movie gets going it’s simply unrelenting. There’s certainly room for character development and

        revelations, but it never steals away from the forward momentum. To use a commonly used cliché; it’s a rollercoaster ride, plenty of screams and nausea and the odd cheer when the girl’s polish off their axe picks to deal their own damage.

        It’s a must see film. Those of a weak stomach might find their eyes closed and concealed with hands many a time, but it’s an exhilarating experience. If you’re fortunate enough to get a chance to see this on the big screen, then definitely pursue that. This is a film that benefits from a big screen, a blacked out room and some top notch surround sound, but even on the small screen it’ll give you an experience you won’t be forgetting anytime in a hurry.




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