The Descent, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is a horror flick from 2005 directed by Neil Marshall. It’s about a group of women - lead by the bitchy Juno (Natalie Mendoza) and grieving-over-the-loss-of-her-husband-and-child Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) - who get lost on a spelunking trip.
Here's our first scene (that's right, we've got a two for one deal here). While squeezing through a tight tunnel, Sarah gets stuck.
I’m terrified of tight spaces. I won't go so far as to say that I'm claustrophobic, but getting stuck in a narrow cave system like Sarah here would give me a heart attack. I'm not gonna go crawling under the ground anytime soon is what I'm saying.
So as if playing off of humanity's inherent claustrophobia wasn’t scary enough, this shit happens:
That’s right, this movie has fuckin' monsters in it. The scariest part of this scene (other than the reveal of the creature, obviously) is the quick build up. Everyone realizes that they're completely, hopelessly lost and the only option is to freak out. And freak out they do. The way (Sam? Beth? Rebecca? Not sure who it is.) desperately screams for help just before the camera zips over to reveal the creature just STANDING there is terrible. And those flippin' monsters. I remember watching this movie (not for the first time, mind you) with my family once. Every one of us jumped (big time) when we saw that monster standing there.
My hat is off to Neil Marshall. He knows how to scare us, and not just with monsters.