This introductory chapter provides an overview of The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005). By the end of the millennium, it was easy to think that horror was a spent force. But by the middle of the 2000s, things looked different. British critic Alan Jones coined the term the 'Splat Pack' to describe a group of directors — including Neil Marshall — who were making films that were throwbacks, indeed often explicit homages, to a 1970s US independent horror sensibility. The phrase caught on and the film industry paid attention: these movies were cheap to make and sold extremely well. However, the most commercially successful of them tended towards a cartoonish posturing. Fortunately, not all the films celebrated under the 'Splat Pack' rubric were so throwaway; some of the more intelligent, effective works even did well at the box office. To some viewers, The Descent marked a true return to form. The chapter then presents a brief background of Neil Marshall.
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