In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
THE DESCENT (2005)
A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh.
This is the second film on my list for director Neil Marshall. His other film was Dog Soldiers. I am a huge fan of Mr. Marshall. He has an acute skill for knowing what I like and somehow catering to me.
The Descent is a close quarters, clausterphobic roller coaster ride of horror. I absolutely love this film. I believe it is totally plauseable that albino, underground dwelling creatures could exist and to me, that’s scary as hell.
The cast features a group of relatively unknown actresses including Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, MyAnna Buring, Saskia Mulder, Alex Reid, Nora-Jane Noone, and Molly Kayll. Everyone delivers a fine performance. It also has incredible creature designs by Paul Hyett.