THE DESCENT (2005) is one of those rare horror movies that I was allowed to watch as a kid. I strangely watched it with my parents. It holds the unlikely honor of being the only scary movie (in my memory) that was not only sanctioned, but actually became a bit of a family “classic” – we’ve watched it together more than once and frequently reminisce about our communal fright.
This spelunking creature classic, written and directed by Neil Marshall, has been the unlikely glue that bonded me with more than one of my fellow horror fans. While I rarely see it included in GOAT lists, it lives in my memory as an ultimate scare. I’m confident it shaped some of my opinions about what makes good horror: especially, my personal rule about not seeing the monster too soon or too often, and my love of the well-timed jump-scare. There’s a jump in the first 15 minutes of this movie that gets me every time! even though I know it’s coming!
Or at least, there was the last time I watched it… probably more than 10 years ago.
It’s time to go back!
When I first met and fell in love with THE DESCENT, I was a mere child, inexperienced in the ways of horrorsville. Now, I am a jaded elder scare-junkie with a critically-acclaimed (lol) blog. It’s time to see how THE DESCENT holds up.
I’m planning to watch THE DESCENT two weeks from today, on Friday, March 12. Feel free to watch along with me! It’s available on Amazon Prime and for rent on YouTube. As usual I’ll be live-ish on Instagram around noon, and you can check back after that date for my final take on this classic cavern chiller.