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What to expect,
This review is from: The Descent [DVD]  (DVD)
Sometimes I think when people watch a horror film these days they expect a little too much the reality is there is very little new that a director can bring to the horror genre. A few years ago the English speaking world was treated to the Ring and suddenly went crazy for Japanese films due to the whole 'more suspense less gore' aspect of the films. Along came Grudge then along came Dark Water which (to steal the title of another film) was frankly ahem..a 'bridge too far' People made a big thing about Saw but to be honest for all the pseudo intelligent nut case it was all done before in Seven (elaborate methods of murder to punish and teach the victim a lesson etc) The point is, this film should come as no surprise when you find it has little to offer.
You can find almost the exact same format from the Hills Have Eyes down to Creep. Group of normal folk go on holiday only to be killed off by lunatics, hillbillies, mutants, inbreds etc....
That the film has an all female leading cast really had little effect on me (I guess with it being underground and in near darkness there wasn't any sexual aspect to it) and really I just didn't see any 'feminist' slant to the film nor did I see the monsters in this film as 'males' (Maybe there was some subliminal feminist motive to the film that was just lost on me)
The film has all that is needed for a good night in watching a shock/horror/gore film. Group of people hopelessly lost in tunnels and caves being picked off by blind monstrous looking things which do look like the character in the film Creep. The body count mounts on both sides as the ladies use whatever weapons come to hand to fend off their attackers (to some good effect) so you will be treated to plenty of blood, plenty of cracked skulls, fair bit of eye gouging, a dash of entrails eating and a fair bit of blood squirts from gaping head wounds.
Is this predicable? Yes. If you are looking for a horror film to make you think as well as scare you best look somewhere else. If you want a good hour and a half of shock, blood and scare then this may be the film for you.