Horror can be scary or splatter, suspense cinema or slaughterhouse – or a mixture of both. And that’s exactly what Neil Marshall (“Doomsday”, “Dog Soldiers”) offers in his claustrophobic cave monster horror highlight “The Descent – Abyss of Horror” – tonight (August 1, 2022) from 10:50 p.m. on mdr, and therefore even free of advertising.
In our opinion, The Descent is one of the best horror films of all time. In our all-time ranking, for example, the film occupies 55th place – putting it ahead of genre classics such as “Tanz der Teufel” and “Blair Witch Project” as well as popular horror blockbusters such as “IT” or “Conjuring”. However, we cannot recommend today’s TV broadcast because The mdr will probably only show the film in the abridged version in the evening. Films with the FSK 18 are only allowed to run from 11 p.m…. and that misses the TV broadcast by ten minutes.
The film was released by the FSK uncut from the age of 18, the cut FSK 16 version is probably missing a little more than a minute on TV – which sounds marginal at first, but has an impact in the hardest passages. Then, when the horror reaches its climax, it suddenly cuts away again and again. So the most brutal and also most intense moments are missinglike her on Cut-Reports.com can read in detail. We therefore recommend getting hold of the DVD or Blu-ray, or the stream. The film is available to buy or rent on Amazon Prime Video, among others, and on the channel Home Of Horror included, which you can test for free:
» “The Descent” DVD & Blu-ray on Amazon*
» “The Descent” on Amazon Prime Video*
Six young women (Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Saskia Mulder, Molly Kayll, Alex Reid, Nora-Jane Noone) descend into the abyss of a cave system, unaware that there is much more to the cramped vault than just another adventure in nature expected.
It doesn’t take long for the troops to lose their bearings in the underground labyrinth – and that’s not all. The longer they search for a way out of the cave, the more they suspect that they are not alone. Some creature seems to be up to mischief here, and before the women know it, they find themselves in a bitter fight of life and death…
“The Descent” masterfully plays with the primal fears of man, with its oppressive setting it creates an equally oppressive atmosphere that not only suffocates the protagonists but also the viewers and unleashes an unknown, monstrous danger on them who has washed. And as if that weren’t enough, Neil Marshall also unpacks one or two shocking, masterful twists – which we don’t want to anticipate at this point, of course. For that you have to watch the film yourself – and face your fears.
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This is a revised re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.