If you only take one of my sleeper recommendations to heart, make it “The Descent.”
I’ve been tirelessly cheerleading for this movie since it came out three years ago. Good horror demands fan support, or we deserve every mindless slasher film and horror remake we get.
“The Descent” follows a group of six athletic women who decide to check out a local cave. The spelunking trip takes a nasty turn when they realize the cave they expected to explore isn’t the one they find themselves in.
And much, much worse, they’re not alone.
“The Descent” builds a significant amount of tension courtesy of those cramped spaces, and the women prove to be both feisty and inventive. Some critics bemoaned the introduction of the second set of characters. I couldn’t disagree more.
The cave dwellers are the stars of the show, and writer/director Neil Marshall works them into the story with unforgettable results.
The DVD features both the theatrical ending an an alternate one which, from what I understand, was Marshall’s original vision.
Either way, “The Descent” deserves its place at the horror table alongside the season’s classic scare-fests.
(Photo: Six friends go spelunking in the stellar horror film “The Descent.”)