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One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave.
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With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures. Written by Lien Dang. Writer and Director Neil Marshall's "The Descent" crafts and sustains an unrelenting tension throughout, once you get past the suspended disbelief. As I watched the women one by one crawl through the tiny water filled crevice to enter the caverns somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, I thought, "How are they going to get back? They've got to be nuts! Well, kind of. Fortunately, director Marshall effectively pretexts the story.
The prior thrill-seeking jaunt for the group was a white water rafting trip. Following that trip, Sarah Shauna MacDonald suffers a life altering tragedy. A year later, Sarah and her close friend Beth Alex Reid join up with the gang at a cabin in the Appalachians.
The 6 women are gearing up for a cave exploration trip headed by Juno Natalie Mendoza. Apparently, Juno regrets not being there for Sarah following her personal tragedy and recovery. Juno sees this trip as an opportunity to empower Sarah. The trip starts out curious enough when Juno Mendoza discards her map of the caves. The women proceed, and are undeterred by the telltale signs of mysterious animal carcasses. Not surprisingly, the cave exploration goes horribly wrong.
They are lost without a clue how to get out, and they are being hunted by terrifying fleshing eating creatures. So the women are literally in the fight for their lives. Marshall masterfully orchestrates the mood and tension. My bud Robert keenly pointed out that what really works in "The Descent" is that it never evolves into a trite action movie.
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No one screams, "Take that you, Mother F! The women are authentically terrified, and fight with all their courage and heart amidst their overwhelming fear. Rather it gets you thinking: "Would I do the same? MacDonald is powerful and believable in Sarah's emergence as a heroic presence. All the performances are strong throughout. Marshall maintains a claustrophobic feel and keeps us on edge. The unveiled details involving the cave creatures regarding their possible evolution is a nice touch. However, I am a big hero fan.
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Shauna Macdonald and Natalie Mendoza are awesome. At the very end one wonders, "What next? Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Movies to watch. The offspring, who are usually male, are given a special status within the community.
Are the offspring dangerous to the mother in any way? No, not in folklore. Though, the father vampire can be dangerous to the mother; he comes to her every night and drains her of her energy so that she looks like a corpse in the morning. In fact, some accounts specify the whole nine months. Is there anything unusual about the way the offspring are conceived? From the human perspective, the act fits the definition of necrophilia, since the vampire is considered dead.
It was here, in this First City that he became the Dark Father. Caine finally settled in a city, once known as Ubar. It was inhabited by the "Children of Seth" and ruled by King Enoch. The people of Ubar were aware of Caine's mark and both marveled and feared his power and thus came to worship him. Upon arrival to the city, Enoch relinquished his kingship, so that Caine may rule instead.
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According to a Toreador legend, being amongst the mortals, Caine noticed a couple who were very much in love. Seeing their love amplified his own loneliness and sin.
After having dwelt on his sin for an eon, Caine thought that maybe he could reconcile something in his nature by Embracing them with the gift of immortality, so that their love would live for all eternity. However, after having been Embraced, the lovers discovered that they could not have children together. In an act of despair, they both walked into the sunlight to their Final Death. Caine was so heartbroken over the event that he forbade anyone to speak their names.
Thus, their names were lost to history. The former king, Enoch, desired Caine's power once more and requested it as such. However, Caine showed some reluctance because of the loss of the lovers he had Embraced decades ago and Uriel's warning. Yet the raging of the Beast within, the yearning to be with others like him, and Enoch ultimately begging for the Embrace, Caine turned the young man. In honor of his newfound vampiric childe, Caine declared that Ubar now be known as the City of Enoch.
After some time, Enoch desired Kindred brethren. With Enoch's insistence, Caine Embraced his second childe, Irad , imparting to him a strength unlike any other. Irad thus became Caine's arm, a commander of armies. Soon to follow was Zillah. Zillah was so beautiful, Caine could not resist the Embrace.
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Interestingly, even after the Embrace, Zillah did not desire him. It frustrated Caine to the point that he was ripping his hair out of his head. He did anything and everything to make her desire him. Yet, she would not have him. Finally, Caine sought the Crone 's magic, who ultimately tricked him into a blood bond , she forced the First Vampire to Embrace her. The Crone sent her new thrall away, telling him that his blood would have the power to bond others as Caine himself was bonded to the Crone.
The discovery of the blood bond was what finally made Zillah agree to marry her sire Caine. For a year and a day Caine labored in the service of the Crone. However, Caine never again drank from the Crone's blood during that period. One night, he tricked her by saying he had terrible dreams in his sleep, and was fearful that his childer lusted after his blood. He asked the Crone for secret knowledge to protect himself against his progeny, and in response to his pleas the Crone went to a tree made of gopher wood and broke off a limb, sharpening it into a stake.
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She told Caine to pierce the heart of his wayward childe with it to render him still. Caine thanked the Crone, and using quick movements Caine seized the stake and drove it into her heart, breaking the blood bond in the process. He kissed her cold withered lips and left her to meet the sunrise. They in turn learned the ways of making progeny and had Embraced the Third Generation.
Under Caine's order, he declared it law that no more childer be made. Supposedly they obeyed and the city prospered for ages, becoming the First City of vampires. The city's economy thrived on the technology and the agricultural "know-how" that Caine brought to the First City. One, having wandered throughout the Cradle of Civilization , he was able to bring Sumerian technology, namely "the wheel".
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Two, being a farmer most of his life, Caine had cultivated wondrous and perfect groves. So for generations, under Caine's rule, the economy prospered, and the city became a mighty Empire. The Deluge changed everything. It destroyed the City of Enoch and all of the "Children of Seth".