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Monday, August 10, 2020

[Horror Queers Podcast] Caving In With the Lovely Ladies of ‘The Descent’

“Feel This Bone.”

Well, July certainly flew by, but it’s been a busy month for us! We began the month by (rightfully) praising the unfairly maligned 1997 teen slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer, and followed that up with a character study in Lucky McKee’s May before praising Michelle Pfeiffer and her totally not-a-murderer husband Harrison Ford in Robert Zemeckis’ What Lies Beneath. Then we tackled our oldest movie yet in James Whale’s The Old Dark House before closing out the month with queer horror classic Fright Night. Now, we’re kicking off August with one of our personal favorite films: Neil Marshall‘s 2005 masterpiece The Descent!

In the film, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Carolina one year after a tragedy claimed the lives of her husband and daughter to spend some time exploring caves with her friends: team leader Juno (Natalie Mendoza), best friend Beth (Alex Reid), safety expert Becca (Saskia Mulder), medical student (and Becca’s younger sister) Sam (MyAnna Buring) and newcomer/daredevil Holly (Nora-Jane Noone), After descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: underground predators inhabit the cave, and they have a taste for human flesh.

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Episode 85 – The Descent (2005)

Pack your climbing gear because we’re headed to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina to go caving with the ladies (er….chicks with picks) of Neil Marshall’s 2005 masterpiece The Descent on its 15th anniversary! How is a movie this scary when the monsters don’t even appear until an hour into the film?

Join us as we….um….descend into a discussion of why Juno (Natalie Mendoza) is a compelling character in spite of all of her mistakes (thanks, Joe!). We’ll also investigate the potential queerness of Beth (Alex Reid) and Holly (Nora-Jane Noone) and choose between the UK and US endings of the film (spoiler alert: it’s an easy choice). Also, does The Descent feature the tensest scene in cinema history?

Plus, an educational TED talk about the differences between claustrophobia and cleithrophobia. Why can’t Trace stop bringing up the atrocious 2009 sequel? What is a dealbreaker movie and why do both of us consider The Descent to be one? And how do you give a lemon an orgasm?

Cross out The Descent!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re partying in Mykonos (but not with Lindsay Lohan) with a discussion of the infamous video nasty Island of DeathMajor content warning for this one: it contains bestiality (in the form of goat rape), watersports, a crucifixion, incest and various graphic depictions of murder.

– Joe & Trace

P.S. If you subscribe to our Patreon you can listen to bonus episodes! This month, we’ve got audio commentaries on Deep Blue Sea and The Cabin in the Woods, as well as additional episodes on Deep Blue Sea 3 and Jay Baruchel’s(?!) Random Acts of Violence.


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