Saturday, August 05, 2006
Tonight I went to see "The Descent". Now...it takes a whole heap of a ton to get me to the cinema anymore. I wanted to go see it starting around yesterday, when the buzz machine for the film started burning my ears with "Best horror film in a decade" claims.
Today, I woke up and smoked the morning cig, and read the great review in the Post. Hmmmm...it's on. I wanna see it. I call the Husband, I call the Roomie. I call Kara Tameika Watkins, they are all in. Beloved friends Nancy, Eleasha, and Jenny Cartney all say a respective "Hell, no".
I stop home for lunch...The new EW is there, giving the movie an A-....I'm SO in now...
We get there and the movie starts...
I was on edge for 2 hours. The claustrophobia, the darkness...the movie takes the time to give a damn about developing characters, so that you get a sense of who you are soon enough going to watch die.
The scariest part of the film for me was the spelunking parts. I'm sorry, but people need to find better things to do with their time. People who do this are fu*king nuts.
The film is directed brilliantly, and yes...I had some problems with things, but I have to say...this is the direction horror films should and WILL start getting back to.
You will jump, scream, cover your eyes, feel nauseated, and want to yell at the screen.
I recommend this film to anyone who is looking to be genuinely scared...but be ready...this is really terrifying...don't go expecting "Scream"...this is raw and brutal horror.
Warms my heart that we are moving back into good horror flicks...
Best since the 70's...hmmm...maybe because we were fighting an endless and bloody war against people who we don't know are the "enemy" because they dress like real people, and our government is lying to us the whole while...ohh...sorry. But this political climate is WHY horror films are getting better by the year.
Go and see it. Man up and deal with the gore...the film is fantastic.