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Introduction

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005). By the end of the millennium, it was easy to think that horror was a spent force. But by the middle of the 2000s, ... More


Scars, Both Material and Cyber: Haute Tension and The Descent on DVD

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines two horror films made by Splat Pack directors and released on DVD: Alexandre Aja's Haute Tension (released in France in 2003 and as High Tension in the United States in 2005) ... More


Foreword

Stephen Thrower

in Devil’s Advocates: The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This foreword comments on the book's close reading of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), which is a gem of accessible psychoanalytic film theory. What distinguishes it is the author's clarity of ... More


Family

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores which films Neil Marshall was watching while he wrote The Descent. Neil Marshall has in various interviews cited Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972), Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979), ... More


Chicks with Picks

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses what difference it makes that Neil Marshall's party is women only, and investigates The Descent's contribution to the thorny issue of the representation of women in horror ... More


One Million Years Bc

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines what exactly the crawlers are, and compares them to cannibalistic cave-dwellers in everything from The Mole People (Virgil V. Vogel, 1956) to Ravenous (Antonia Bird, 1999). By ... More


The Shock of the Old

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the lure of atavism in horror, and suggests where Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005) might fit in to this tradition. Horror recognises the allure of the past, figured variously ... More


Going Underground

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at caves in and out of horror films, and asks which of several millennia-worth of cave associations are mobilised in Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005). Firstly, and perhaps most ... More


Conclusion

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter summarises the principle theories applied to the reading of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), placing them in the context of the genre's efficacy at addressing the compulsion to ... More


Nightmares in a Damaged Brain

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter addresses Sarah's mental health and finds it distinctly lacking, leading to a discussion of why mad women are different from mad men in the movies. Much of Neil Marshall's The Descent ... More


Introducing the Splat Pack

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter introduces the reader to the Splat Pack, a group of contemporary horror film-makers such as Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, Neil Marshall, and Alexandre Aja. It examines how mainstream media hyped ... More


The Descent

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers a detailed synopsis of Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005). This serves to clarify what actually happens (going by the reviews, the film has been for certain viewers a confusing ... More


Return to the Source

James Marriott

in The Descent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733711
eISBN:
9781800342101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733711.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses the womb imagery permeating Neil Marshall's The Descent (2005), and asks what is so scary about being born. Representations of the cave as womb have a long and distinguished ... More


Politics and the Horror Film: An Industry Studies Intervention

Mark Bernard

in Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748685493
eISBN:
9781474406444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685493.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the political economy that underlies the often celebrated horror films of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Films by directors from the horror film's ‘Golden Age’ in the late ... More


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