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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book vs Movie review- The Descent


"A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators."


Okay, so I saw the movie first. I wasn't too disappointed with it. The monsters kind of freaked me out, they were pretty creepy. I didn't really like too many of the characters but thats okay, its a horror movie you don't really want to get attached to any of them.I'd give it like...a 6/10. The chicks were all kind of stupid bimbos but thats what you get when you have an all female horror movie...There weren't even any tits.

Then, I found out there was a book, and the movie was based off it. Being the nerd that I am, I got super excited and went thrift store shopping until I found it.

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In Tibet, while guiding trekkers to a holy mountain, Ike Crockett discovers a bottomless cave. When his lover disappears, Ike pursues her into the depths of the earth. . . . In a leper colony bordering the Kalahari Desert, a nun and linguist named Ali von Schade unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. . . . In Bosnia, Major Elias Branch crash-lands his gunship near a mass grave and is swarmed by pale cannibals terrified of light. . . .
So begins mankind's realization that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth riddling the continents and seabeds, one inhabited by brutish creatures who resemble the devils and gargoyles of legend. With all of Hell's precious resources and territories to be won, a global race ensues. Nations, armies, religions, and industries rush to colonize and exploit the subterranean frontier."

...Okay. I know its not possible, at all. The whole earth just being basically hollow is silly..But that is a badass plot. It's not just five bimbos going under ground and getting their ass handed to them, its a world wide thing.So after reading the back I was much more interested in the book than I was in the movie. Once I started to read it, it was just insanely graphic and had pretty good character development. Once I finished, it became one of my favorite books. Then, I pretty much hated the movie. The only thing the movie took was the monster design and caves. 
 They were pretty creepy monster..Much more creepy in the book.


I give the book a 10/10.  If you like to read action/adventure/horror books, this is an amazing find. I'd suggest you spend  few hours reading the book instead of wasting a few hours watching the movie.

13 comments:

  1. I'm definitely going to have to check out this book. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. I'm not gonna bother with the movie. Gonna check out the book though.

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  3. I had no idea there was a book.

    If you watch this movie, watch the UK version, without the LAME Americanized twist ending.

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  4. Yeah, I am gonna pass on the movie...the book is ALWAYS better!

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  5. I'm thinking I might read the book now.

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  6. saw the movie a few years back in theatre. It was kinda disappointing. Might try the book :)

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  7. I saw part 2 of this movie and it was pretty bad lol but like always the book is the best :D

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  8. I was going to watch the movie for this, but got told not to go because it wasn't very good.. maybe i should read the book

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  9. an all woman horror movie with no tits? what is this shit

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  10. I am seeing this movie this weekend with a friend.

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  11. The book was definitely much better, I think it helps when your imagination is allowed to run free, instead of watching someone else's version of it

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  12. I'm not much of a reader, so I'll stick with the movie. Impressive summary thou.

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