Disclaimer: Halloween is totally a Thea thing when she hijacks the blog and makes me watch and read all sorts of stuff that are way outside my comfort zone (I am SO NOT a horror/Halloween fan). Last year, it was The Evil Dead movies, which, wouldn’t you know, I ended up loving. This year, I was given another list of movies that I had to watch, one for each day of the week. Ana’s Halloween Marathon is now an official part of our annual Halloween celebration. Let the
torture fun begins!
Also: there will be spoilers!!!!
Ana’s Halloween TV/Movie Marathon: Day 5 – The Descent
Why The Descent: Today is kick-ass horror heroine day in our Halloween Celebration and Thea asked me to watch this one. I have NO IDEA why I agreed given as how I hate the premise (see below).
Trivia: This movie is about a bunch of women that go on a caving expedition. I HATE caving. I hate caves and everything to do with it. When I was a teenager I went to a nature-walk that included a visit to a cave, a small one mind, not of those that go on and on and on, but still one that had a couple of tunnels and I ….froze. I FROZE. It was horrible, that was when I realised I had fear of heights and fear of confined spaces: SO not the best place or time to find out about those. I had to be dragged all the way back by two very lovely people. And I swore to NEVER, EVER be near a cave again. EVER.
Viewing Party: This one was a proper viewing party. I enlisted Dear Partner to watch it with me (as a comfort company) and got the proper edibles – crisps, beer and chocolate covered raisins. We sat down to watch it and I was prepared to be terrified. I was not disappointed – it was a perfect horrific experience and I came out of it simultaneously liking and loathing this movie.
The premise is this: a group of friends get together to go to a caving expedition.
Before embarking in their Descent….to HELL
They all seem to be pretty knowledgeable and experienced (a bonus thing about the movie in my opinion, that they are not just a bunch of idiots that decided to try something new and shinny) and they go in and go down and down descending into their doom. Because OF COURSE an accident happens and a tunnel collapses and they can’t go back; OF COURSE someone did something stupid like actually making the decision to take the group to an un-mapped , never visited before system of caves without telling any of the other members of the group and without telling anyone in the outside because she thought it would be fun. OF COURSE worse things happen, like someone breaking a leg, someone losing their ropes. And then, on top of the claustrophobia, on top of being trapped inside a cave without knowing where to go and if they would ever be able to leave, as if paranoia, fear, danger of exhaustion, hunger, thirst, death or worse weren’t enough: OF COURSE TPTB go and RUIN everything by adding hominid-creatures- that- live –in- the –dark- and-want-to-devour-the-ladies, to the mix.
What I liked: the absolutely terrifying experience of watching this movie and believe me when I say this: I have no way of expressing how much I HATE that I liked that. I guess this whole Halloween thing is getting to me. Getting out of my comfort zone to find out that I like being outside my comfort zone is not ….comfortable. Or something. But I digress. This movie tapped in every single thing I am afraid of: caves, being trapped, claustrophobia, the dark, tunnels, creepy crawlies, height. The first hour of the movie was brilliant in exploring all that – in the crescendo of horrible things and in the tension of knowing that these women are probably doomed. Plus, the women, they are totally kick-ass (which is why I was supposed to watch the movie in the first place) : they do not freeze or panic at first, they move on, thinking, examining, trying to find a way out. They also make mistakes – who doesn’t – until they are faced with something very primal inside themselves, the very instinct of survival, at all costs.
Carrie called. She wants her blood back.
Brutal, bloody and efficient – they are all that and more. And it was awesome to see that. And I loved the ending that I got – the one where everybody dies. Muwahahahah. Wait. OMG THEA WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?
What I loathed: the fact that what was a GREAT chance for psychological horror with all the PLAUSIBLE things that can occur when you are trapped in a system of tunnels is thrown away for what I consider cheap thrills – yes, horrible, yes terrifying, yes it allows for some kick-ass moments, but still silly nonetheless. I hated the addition of the creatures. Hated with a passion. It was so unnecessary.
Gollum was sad he wasn’t invited to partake the dinner
They weren’t even that scary – more gross than anything. I guess this is a monster movie after all which is not my cup of tea. I also hate that there is an alternate ending, in which one of them survives and that now they are making The Descent 2. Blah.
Verdict: I don’t know. I guess from a pure objective point of view, this is QUITE horrific. Which I presume, should be the point. There were parts I REALLY loved like the first hour and the kick-assness of the girls, especially Juno and Sarah:
And with that, I finally bid adieu to my Halloween Week homework.
I MADE IT THROUGH ANOTHER YEAR. Go me!