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The Descent (2005) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 26

I had heard nothing but amazing things about this film, so I went in with fairly high expectations. I’m pleased to say that The Descent lived up to the hype and I enjoyed my experience with this bloody, brutal treat of a horror film.

The Descent follows a group of six friends, who go an a caving expedition after one of the women suffers a horrible tragedy. Their hopes for a fun, relaxing vacation quickly turn sour after they’re trapped inside the cave. Oh, and did I mention this cave is full of flesh-craving monstrosities? The women must figure out a way to survive, while also trusting each other.

This is a gory, violent film, and I loved it for that regard. If you’re squeamish, though, you may want to avoid The Descent. Blood saturates the film, and you’ll frequently see horrific injuries and cascades of the crimson life force. The only nitpick I had with this movie was the pacing. The first 40 minutes are relatively slow, but the latter hour is jam-packed with action and scares.

This film also utilizes jump scares, but they’re very effective. Rarely did I anticipate a scare, and when I did, it still managed to make my flesh prickle with goosebumps. The monsters look incredible, and the setting of the film is claustrophobic and dark, adding to the foreboding, chilling vibe.

I also really loved how this movie was shot. The color palette is predominately black and red, emphasizing the horror. Occasionally, the film would switch to a night-vision shot or an exterior location full of light and color, and these were refreshing palette cleansers.

The Descent is an original, effective horror film. It kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire run time, and my mouth dropped open several times due to what was happening in front of my eyes. This isn’t a film for the faint of heart, but it’s a must watch if you love horror films.

Verdict: 4/5

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