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The Descent
Release Date: Aug 4, 2006
Length: 1Hr. 39 Min.
Rated: R for strong violence/gore and language
Distributor: Lionsgate Releasing
Starring: Shauna McDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone

Directed by: Neil Marshall
Produced by: Paul Smith(XVI), Christian Colson, Paul Ritchie
Written by: Neil Marshall

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Reviewed by Todd Jackson
Reviewer Rating:

This is a movie with enough drama and gore to satisfy horror movie fans. It consistently entertains and delivers what you expect from a serious horror flick.

One year after a tragic accident, six girlfriends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual caving trip. The initial accident
itself is startling. Disaster strikes later when a rock slide blocks the girls exit back to the surface. Tragically, the girls discover they have no map to guide them and they must rely on their survival skills to escape. Female toughness comes in handy when they are forced to deal with a clan of humanoid creatures looking for a fresh meal. It's a simple story with some real startling moments that provides a constant sense of dread.

The scenes from the underground cave look real making this a visual delight for spelunkers and cave lovers. The Appalachians, the cave and the overall scenery is spooky.

The movie exploits our human fears. Fear of the dark, heights, tight spaces, monsters, blood and death all contribute to make you feel uneasy. No overdone special effects are used or needed. The story not only describes a horrifc underground jouney, it portrays a descent into human madness.

The overall acting performance is surprisingly good. Sporting an all-female cast makes the movie unique. Sex, nudity and male related issues don't complicate the story. Few if any of the characters were faultless. Although they've faced obstacles together before, this journey tests their limits. Revenge, recklessness, selfishness, and deceit are some of the human traits examined. It's a tragic story with a fitting ending for certain characters involved.

The realistic nature of the story makes it that much scarier. You feel this tale could possibly have happened. The film's producer obviously knows how to keep the audience entertained. Although it may not rival Alien or other horror classics, it's easily the scariest thriller movie of the summer.

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