Thursday, March 19, 2009

Movies I've Watched: The Descent

(Holy crap, how awesome is this poster?)
Oh...boy. This was an awesome movie. A perfect horror film with all the required elements: working on a primal fear (claustrophobia), characters losing their minds, darkness, creepy sounds and just about the creepiest monsters I have ever seen in a film.

I loved it, even if I was completely tense and terrified through most of it. That just means it was effective. The atmosphere is perfect--all small bits of natural light in the middle of a pitch-black cave, barely any music, just sounds and echos that would be terrifying on their own. And one thing I absolutely loved was the fact that, unlike in most horror films, I didn't hate the characters. They were real, therefore a little dumb (like any of us would be if terrified out of our minds), and a couple of them were totally badass, another rarity in horror films starring women. They fought back, and they fought back hard. I liked that.

So another awesome horror film, though I don't think I'd be watching it again--too much of the tension would be lost knowing what's going to happen, I think. But definitely a remarkable movie, particularly compared to the rest of the dreck in the genre, and I definitely recommend it if horror is your thing.

One thing I wouldn't recommend is watching it like I did: alone, in the middle of the night, in a mostly-empty house whose back yard runs right into a mountain. I had to stay up watching Cartoon Network for about 2 hours before I could fall asleep. Because I am a wuss, and yet I love watching horror movies.

It was so much fun.

*And yes, I know it's echoing the Dali photo (, and I think that just makes it cooler.


Anna von Beaverplatz said...

you know, I've wanted to watch this since it came out, and I never got around to it. I think I definitely will, now. Probably while Mr. Pseudo-Husband is home, though. My house, too, runs into woodsy mountain area. (You should have seen me walking my 3 girlfriends to their cars after we watched The Ring. We're pretty sure there was a werewolf out there that night.) Nice review, figsterino!

Figgylicious said...

You totally should. It's just the right combination of scary and exciting.

Don't even get me started on The Ring. I seriously had to cover my tv with a towel for a couple of days.