A few weeks ago I took advantage of the free month of Netflix DVDs that they kept offering me and I started staggering horror movies with discs of ER, so every week I’ve been getting four episodes of ER and a horror movie.
It’s awesome. I’m totally kidding myself and all of you reading if you think that I’m only going to stay on for the free month. I’m back into it now.
It’s one of my all time favorite horror movies.
If you haven’t seen it before, it’s about a group of six female friends who go on a weekend trip in the mountains for some caving and adventure. One of the women has experienced a recent tragedy, so another one thinks that instead of the planned trip to a well known “easy” cave, it would be fun to go exploring a cave that’s never been mapped. And it would be even more fun if no one knew this little fact.
So the six of them repel into this massive cave and then things start to go horribly wrong.
There’s a bit of a cave in that gets them stuck inside and pushes them further onward and down into the depths of the earth, one of panics, one of them is found out to be a big fat untrustworthy liar, one of them breaks a leg, and so on, and so forth, until all of a sudden you’re lost in the pitch dark and realize there’s something standing behind you:
And from that moment on the entire movie is a heart-pounding ride to the finish to see who survives.
It’s pretty bloody, it’s pretty bleak. But I have always had a thing for caving / mining movies. I don’t know why. I suppose it’s because the whole being trapped underground in total darkness adds an extra dimension to horror, something that I am totally unfamiliar with and can only imagine.
Something I want to ONLY IMAGINE.
The Descent is an excellent horror movie, in my humble opinion. It’s an adventure, a creature feature, a thriller, and, you could even argue, a chick flick.
Silly me, who was so happy to get the Netflix DVD in the mail, just realized that you can watch The Descent for free on Hulu or IMDB. So you should do that.