The Descent (R)

Horror 93 min. August 4, 2006
By Rob Nelson
If Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers is Platoon at war with Predator, the Brit writer-director's follow-up is an underground Aliens, once its army of slithering, sharp-toothed hominoid fiends traps a half-dozen women spelunkers in their subterranean lair. In the great B tradition, Marshall gets a lot out of nothing, the dark in particular: A good half of the wide screen is pitch-black much of the time; although this genre excavator begins his adventure with a half-dozen flashlights, one strapped to each woman's helmet, that number quickly decreases as horror conventions require. Exploring gender as well as genre, Dog Soldiers and The Descent play out very differently (let's just say the Lone Wolf is no Final Girl), but both are barebones survivalist shockers by a fanboy populist who clearly relishes the challenge of being out of time, low on ammo, down to his last two shots.
Neil Marshall MyAnna Buring, Craig Conway, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Molly Kayll, Shauna Macdonald, Oliver Milburn, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone, Alex Reid, Leslie Simpson Neil Marshall Christian Colson Lionsgate

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