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Review of The Descent Continued...

Review by Tim Bronx continued... 
     The creatures that lie in the shadows (“crawlers" is what I believe the credits refer to them by), are effectively creepy, and look like things pulled out of our worst nightmares.  It's scary enough watching women maneuvering through tight spaces and chambers with dark corners; not knowing why lies in the shadows.  But actually knowing that there is a predatory lurking out there, moving in for the kill, almost drives you insane with suspense and fright.
      The acting is extremely believable (I read that Nail Marshall decided not to show the girls the creatures ahead of time so he could get a real frightened reaction out of them), and the movie manages to reach deep into our darkest fears.  Not only is it a battle of physical strength for the girls, but it's also a mental battle as they not only must fight the things that lurk in the dark, but also each other.
Final Thoughts: This is one of the best horror films of the past couple of years. Marshall pays homage to many other classic horror movies such as "Carrie" and "Alien". And yet he still manages to make it feel fresh, exciting, and something all of his own.  He does an excellent job with the darkness, as he leaves some of the gruesome events going on in the shadows to our imagination, which can pretty scary by itself.  There's always a limit to what you can show on screen, but not to the audience's imagination. But don't worry there is plenty of violence showed on screen as well.  It's just the perfect amount to keep you pumped up and jumping out of your seats, instead of exiting the theatre feeling queasy.
Final Rating: Horror films don't get any better then this. 5 out of 5 stars.
     Submitted August 11, 2006

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