Indie Gems: The Descent

If you're claustrophobic, you probably shouldn't watch this.
 
Sarah (Shauna MacDonald) has had a rough year. She lost her husband and daughter in an accident and has been trying to keep moving forward. She decides to go spelunking (which after viewing this, I will never fucking do) with a group of her girlfriends. At one point, they mention that they are two miles BELOW ground. Suddenly, the encounter strange creatures that are going to tear them apart. Now it's a race to get back to the surface.
 
I actually kept stretching out my arms and legs the first time I saw this because it made me feel so claustrophobic. Just the simple line of them mentioning how deep below the earth they were made me uncomfortable. This movie really excels when it comes to the horror aspect. We don't get a good look at the creatures right away, but when we do, they're creepy as hell. It definitely doesn't lack on the gore either. I wasn't familiar with any of the actors in this film before hand, but they all did wonderful jobs. I imagine this movie was pretty hard to shoot, and their efforts are certainly not wasted.
 
I was let down by the ending, but not because it was bad. Actually, the ending is kind of perfect. I was just sad when it didn't go the way I thought it would.
 
Grade: A
 
Memorable Quote: "It hasn't got a name. It's a new system. I wanted us all to discover it! No one's ever been down here before." - Juno (Natalie Mendoza)


12 comments:

  1. Love this movie! Great choice for this 'Indie Gems' series. You are so right about the claustrophobia. I couldn't breath while I was watching this!

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    1. Thanks! This movie and Buried really got me with the claustrophobia thing.

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    2. I haven't seen Buried yet, I keep meaning to watch it.

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    3. It was pretty good for a movie that's literally just a guy in a box for 2 hours.

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  2. I saw this in the theater and haven't had the balls to watch it again.

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    1. I wish I could've seen this in theaters. I had to wait for it to come out on DVD.

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  3. You know there are actually two different endings - one ends with her still in the cave and I just loved that ending. This is one of my favorite horror movies because it's crazy and gory but also you can argue that the heroine went batshit and imagined the creatures and killed everyone herself.

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    1. That's the one I like too. I was so let down. I thought she escaped, then she wakes up.. that was sad.

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  4. This movie has been on my to-watch list for ages. :)

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  5. I'm ashamed to say that I've never heard of this movie.... or recognise any of the actors. But that's a good thing, watching the movie without knowing much about it is a rarity nowadays. Your grade "A" also sold me. Thanks!

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    1. Yeah, check it out! Very creepy and disturbing.

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