The Descent Film Analysis

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The Descent: Movie Review Being stuck in a dark and unexplored cave with something hunting you that you know nothing about is on top of most people’s major nightmare list. The Descent takes the audience through some of the most terrifying experiences that they could imagine, while also slowly pulling the audience to the edge of their seat while the main characters fight for their lives. This is one of the best horror movies that I have seen in my life, the story line is very entertaining and the multiple phobias that they appeal to throughout the film allows for most people to have a nice scare. On a scale of 10 I would rate this film at a 9/10 for the great graphics, amazing story line, and some of the best acting I’ve seen in horror movies.…show more content…
The production companies that provided funds for this film were Celador Films and Northmen Productions. This movie is a British adventure, horror, thriller movie. The movie follows a group of women who go on a caving expedition, which goes horribly wrong. Within the cave the women have to face unknown predators, small tunnels, and each other. The hysteria of the women slowly increases throughout the film, which leads them to make some decisions that are not helpful to their situations. The main group of friends in the film is portrayed by Shauna Macdonald (Sarah), Natalie Mendoza (Juno), Alex Reid (Beth), Saskia Mulder (Rebecca), MyAnna Buring (Sam), and Nora-Jane Noone (Holly). The main actresses did a very good job at portraying fear through facial expressions, actions, and their voices. The acting in this movie was very good and was believable, which makes a good horror movie because the audience can sense the hysteria ; this can cause the audience to slowly become frightened, which is what horror production companies strive to…show more content…
There are a lot of long shots throughout the film that allows the audience to notice the crawlers that are on scene when the characters do not notice them. The pan movement of the camera is used a few times when the main characters enter a different cavern in the cave; this is also when tilt camera movements are normally used. The pan and tilt allow the audience to feel like they just entered the cavern, which places the audience into the film and increases the chance of them becoming frightened. Many close ups are used throughout the film; most of the close ups are used when the characters are portraying a look of fear or disgust on their faces from something that the crawlers did. For example, at one point in the film Juno (Natalie Mendoza) is laying on the ground pretending to be dead as one of the crawlers climbs over her. One of most intense moments in the film is when Rebecca (Saskia Mulder) and Sam (MyAnna Buring) are in a small tunnel between chambers and they are trying to remain silent as the crawler walks by, but then a watch goes off and the girls have to hurry and get rid of it before the crawler returns; the crawler causes some fear, but this scene also plays on some audience’s claustrophobia. A mid shot was also used in this film when the audience witnesses the death of one of the characters. The lighting was also used throughout the film makes for an eerie
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