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The Descent

James Marriott


The story of an all-female caving expedition gone horribly wrong, The Descent (2005) is arguably the best of the mid-2000s horror entries to return verve and intensity to the genre. Unlike its peers (Saw [2004], Hostel [2011], etc.), The Descent was both commercially and critically popular, providing a genuine version of what other films could only produce as pastiche. For Mark Kermode, writing in the Observer, it was “one of the best British horror films of recent years,” and Derek Elley in Variety described it as “an object lesson in making a tightly-budgeted, no-star horror pic.” Time Out's ... More

Keywords: caving expedition, mid-2000s horror, horror film, British horror film, female characters, horror themes, human trauma, The Descent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781906733711
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.001.0001


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James Marriott, author

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