By Leah Rozen Jason Lynch Charlotte Triggs
August 14, 2006 12:00 PM

Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza


On vacation in America, six European women set out to explore a cave in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s dark and deep, and soon horrifyingly bad stuff starts to happen to them—including being stalked by mysterious, murderous creatures. It will take every last ounce of strength, courage and smarts the adventurers possess for any of them to survive.

That’s the setup for a spooky chiller from British writer-director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers). The Descent opens with a bloody bang and never lets up. Lean, mean and far more effective than similar films boasting bigger budgets and names, it’ll have your hair standing up like stalagmites. (R)