"The only light down here is ours". Of all the cave movies from the early 2000's, The Descent is the meanest, sharpest, and scariest! My fellow gore-hounds, @manic_horror_reviews and @cryptkeeping, and I all decided to revisit this bad-boy today, and each of them have posted their own reviews. If you are looking for a movie to satisfy your bloodlust, then The Descent should be on your radar. A group of athletic women exploring a cave become trapped and must fight their way through claustrophobia, hieghts, and a swarm of subterranean humans -Crawlers- that have adapted to their dark environment. The best thing about the Descent is that it is an action film as well as a horror, and both genre's are played with a masterful touch from Niel Marshal. The movie builds up to just the right moment before the tension breaks into a brawl between the girls and the slimy crawlers. It is nothing short of hearstopping! Even though the environment is dark and closed in, its lit just right so that the viewer is never confused. And I LOVE the camerawork in this one! Shaky camera work is a good way to cover bad action, and the steadycam used in the Descent really lets the viewer soak in the bloodletting... but it uses shakiness sparsely in a few handheld moments that prove to be just as effective in context. The cave sets are beautiful. Its worth watching the special features to see how they were able to build some elaborate sets with very little supplies, and future filmmakers can definetly learn a thing or two about tricking the audience's eyes with angles and lighting! The writing is interesting too. The characters have depth -from Juno, their secretive leader, to Sara, the grieving widow. It could have just been another creature-feature, but the drama elevates it to a more original and noteworthy platform. The Descent is also a fine example of tension and proves that sometimes the most effective horror is best saved for the right moments... but once you reach those moments they have to come out swining! Again, the Descent is a bloody movie! It sprays, splatters, and coats! The entire finale feels like a relentless ride with teeth and picks tearing flesh! A must see!