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Saw The Descent today, accompanied by [livejournal.com profile] the_g_man and [livejournal.com profile] jambon_gris. It's very good. It's also written and directed by Neil Marshall, the man behind Dog Soldiers. Which should give you some idea what it's like.

It's dark, it's grim, it's scary as hell and it's really very good. It doesn't have the army banter or the lighter moments of Dog Soldiers, mind you - instead it's claustrophobic, tense and likely to make you jump a few times. As [livejournal.com profile] the_g_man said afterwards, it's not a work of art and it's not groundbreaking - but it a very well crafted example of the horror/thriller genre, with some interesting touches.

The set-up, at the most basic level, is that six female friends go on a caving trip. It doesn't go well. I'm not giving much away if I say that something else is down there with them - although, as with any good horror film, it's often what you don't see that makes it work.

Good acting, some subtle plot points and, well... it's an interesting ending, too.

(I'll try to keep this post and its comments spoiler-free, but there might well be a second, more detailed one along for that side of things in a moment...)

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