It’s hard to say what’s scarier in The Descent: the bloodthirsty subterranean mutants, or the claustrophobic underground cave systems themselves. Neil Marshall’s troupe of all-female explorers give the film a rare dose of emotional depth and complexity for a horror film, making the various natural and supernatural disasters that befall them all the more resonant. An instant classic and one of the most surprising and authentically terrifying horror films of the new millennium.
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