Movie Review: The Descent

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The Descent

Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

I knew it. I knew The Descent would mess with my mind, and yet I watched it anyway. Look, I am searching for True Fear and when someone tells me that there is a movie out there that might trigger my claustrophobia, I have no choice but to watch it. The Descent was an intense ride and regardless of what I went through to finish it, it was worth it.


A year after surviving a horrible car accident, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) teams up with five of her friends to begin an adventure. The group set out to explore Boreham Caves in North Carolina. It was just supposed to be a trip that would help Sarah move forward from her past. However, when things aren’t what they should be in the caves, things start to take a terrifying turn.

After a cave in, the six women have to continue their trip into the darkness to find another exit. Unfortunately for everyone, Juno (Natalie Mendoza) left the travel book in the car. So they must figure this one out for themselves. The six of them manage to find a large opening that has many different tunnels attached, but when no one can figure out which way to go, panic sets in. To make it easier to see, they utilize the night vision on their camera; an idea they quickly regret. In the darkness, they see that the cave is home to strange creatures that look ready to fight.

The six adventure loving women must now fend off unknown creatures, while searching for the exit. The only way for them to survive is if they figure out how to out smart the creatures that can navigate the cave in the dark.


The Descent was awesome. I was really worried that I wouldn’t sit through the whole movie. I’m claustrophobic and I knew this movie might set that off for me. Everything was fine until the cave in. Suddenly the movie was paused while I enjoyed the fun of a panic attack. Thankfully, I was able to gather myself and continue the movie.

An interesting thing is, The Descent won’t just affect people who are claustrophobic. This might trigger you if you are afraid of the dark, heights, or the unknown. They seem to play on multiple fears, which is perfect for those of us who easily curl up in a ball and cry. So, no matter your fear, The Descent will probably scare you.

On top of that, they did play on jump scares, a lot. With an exception of one jump scare, they all seemed super unnecessary. It kind of seemed like the film maker was a little worried that the beginning was dry, so they added a jump scare to remind you that it was a horror movie.

At one point in this movie, there is a big fight scene. I won’t say much about it, except that it was a badass scene. It was well choreographed and made me strangely proud. You’ll know it when you see it, so just enjoy!

One thing I did want to point out that I hated was about the creatures. Obviously they would use the creatures to create more jump scares, but I just wish it was more natural. There were times that it felt like I was watching someone walk through a haunted house attraction. They didn’t jump at one person but did at the next. It was just weird.

True Fear?

Oh yeah! This movie scared the crap out of me. Granted it played on one of my phobias, but it did scare me. The fact that they were able to beautifully (if you can call it that) execute scenes that make the audience feel like they’re in danger, speaks volumes. The Descent is a great watch, filled with lots of blood, gore, and fear. Now I just have to work up the nerve to watch the second one.

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Siobahn Harris graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with honors, earning her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration on fiction writing. She worked for three months editing non-fiction books for Motivational Press and now runs a blog page sharing horror themed short stories and movie reviews. While she enjoys editing, her true passion is using her creativity to create new and unique stories that can truly scare her audience. Her dream is to one day put her writing skills to the test and work with a team to develop a horror themed video game or movie. She plans to continue learning as much as she can about the writing industry to perfect her skills and someday rule the world.

One thought on “Movie Review: The Descent

  1. Great review! This is a movie I have heard about but have not seen. As with a lot of horror films I shy away from ones that feel or look like they will be graphic when it comes to taking out the superfluous characters. While claustrophobia is not an issue for me, it is haunted houses, or more specifically things jumping out of the dark that messes with me. This sounds like it one really big long dark haunted house where the “actors” eat the customers! 🤓

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