Parents' Guide to

The Descent

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

A scary gorefest underground. Not for kids.

Movie R 2006 99 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 18+

Refreshing in its storytelling although ultimately a gorfest

This was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. The reviews were strong for this film, but I still feared that it would not be to my liking. I am not into gore or horror films, but this film hooks you in. It knows how to ratchet up the tension and although I would not recommend it for someone who does not like gore I think it is a very suitable film for someone who enjoys suspense. Yes, they get a little excited with the gore, but the narrative has been so strong up to that point that you are willing to go with it. A well structured film that has a few twists on some tried and true genre tropes.
age 18+

Claustrophobic Horror Masterpiece

The descent is a masterclass movie, that slowly makes the charecters in the movie, as well as the audience descent into horrific madness. Extreme gorefest, to the point it's downright gross. Excellent watch. Gem of a Horror movie. The performances & set pieces are incredible. Hatsoff to the cast & crew.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (32):

Equal parts yucky, scary, and delirious, The Descent is also clever about its limits, and chilling in its effects. It sets up a specific emotional situation for its protagonist, then turns it inside out, with the help of especially daunting monsters. Suddenly, Sarah can no longer be focused only on her own despair, but must face the worst external threats imaginable.

While the plot is straightforward and eventually predictable -- women in a terrible place get scared, get assaulted in terrible ways, and get tough -- the film is also about trust and betrayal, as well as surprising sources of strength. Exaggerating the usual horror movie gambit, the movie invites you to reconsider genre-based expectations. Sarah finds in herself an unexpected ferocity and an almost frightening determination to endure. What's smart about the movie is that it makes her survival costly. While she's relieved to be alive, she's also horrified by her own change.

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