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Descent, The

Six adventurous women come back together after a traffic accident that involved the death of the husband and daughter of one of them, to go on a caving expedition. Everything goes pretty well in the beginning but when one of the tight passages they came through collapses, things go horribly wrong. Apparently, they’re not in the caves they were supposed to be, but in another system that has never been explored yet. They have no other possibility than to continue going further into the caves and search for an exit, but it quickly becomes clear that they’re not the only living beings down there; strange creatures that look like a bat/human combination are all too happy that they’ve come along as they are eager for some human flesh…

Sound and Vision:
The image is good eventhough there are a ton of dark scenes and the director uses several different color palettes in the various caves. Detail is high although not extraordinary.

The soundtrack is very active and is perfectly fit for this type of movie.

Extras:
– Making Of: 40 minute feature that gives insight in the whole production. Although the usual “he’s great, she’s great”-crap does come up, it isn’t too obnoxious.
– Audio Commantery Track
– Extended Scenes
– Stoyboard-Film comparison
– Trailer

Conclusion:
The Descent starts off pretty good but it’s clear that director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) has been paying attention to other recent horror movies as many of the scare-effects seem to have come straight from other films. Marshall states in the extras that his inspiration comes from The Shining, Alien and Deliverance, but honestly the whole movie feels a lot like “The Cave”. There’s plenty of gore present and the women tend to scream pretty well so fans of the genre will have a pretty fun time while watching. A-Film provides some reasonably interesting extras while the image and sound quality are decent with the DTS track really blowing your speakers :)

Our Score:
6.0

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