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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Evil Dead Meets Deliverance Meets Carrie

I was glad when Mother Bumper recommended The Descent as we have similar (good) taste in horror films.

The film follows six adventure-seeking women, some old friends and some new acquaintances, on a spelunking expedition in the Appalachians. The group includes the fearless and headstrong Juno, as well Sarah (an excellent Shauna Macdonald), who suffered a horrific loss the year before. In the dark depths of the earth, grudges and revelations surface (along with some freaky creepy, slimy, flesh-eating dudes).

The film does a great job of evincing the women’s sense of claustrophobia and panic—it’s scary enough even before the fine slime cannibals make their presence known.

I agree with Mother Bumper, at times it is hard to tell who’s who, especially when they’re wearing gear. But I do like the fact these are no shrieking, weak, helpless women—these are some tough dames.

I do like the un-rated version ending. For those who’ve seen it, which ending did you see and did you like it? (If you’re worried about spoilers, please don’t read the comments).



Blogger crazymumma said...

Those chicks were hot....I have a bit of a thing for strong chicks in 'gear'. I like this movie, it made me scream, it was twisted, and the creatures were gross.

1:48 PM  
Blogger penelopeto said...

if i can ever bear to watch a scary movie again, i'll go for this one.

2:28 PM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

I was so freaked out watching this movie I made Dave hold my hand the whole time. And I LOVE horror movies.

2:42 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

I'm not to good with scary movies. I'm having enough trouble with my Gothic Horror course.

BTW, I tagged you for a meme.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous ali said...

i love scary movies and i've never even heard of this!!!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Bloor West Mama said...

I am the worst person to watch scary movies with...mostly because I can't sit still. I jump around, bury my face in my hands, scream all the time, clutch your arm and so much more. I also have nightmares for weeks afterwards.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Denguy said...

I'm not afraid of no scary movies. Nuh-uh.
But, during this one, I couldn't sit still. I watched the British release, so I don't know which ending that would be. I'm not claustrophobic, but I was after this movie.

I also had no idea that there were any creatures in the movie, so I thought Sarah was imagining it at first. Freaky. I like the pay-pack she gives Juno who cheated with her husband.

1:26 PM  

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