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Five Reasons to Watch “The Descent” Tonight


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In “The Descent,” which airs tonight at 8/7c, we find a group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows. But this is no sorority-house slasher flick (not that there’s anything wrong with those) where the ladies all hide in the bathroom waiting for the door to be axed down. These women are tough and unwilling to back down no matter what they encounter in the dark caves, be it human betrayal or flesh-eating creatures.

The second horror feature from “Dog Soldiers” writer/director Neil Marshall, the story follows the friends trying to find a new normal after a devastating car crash the year before. Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is lured to the States by her friend Beth (Alex Reid) to a special spelunking trip by the fearless Juno (Natalie Mendoza), who abruptly fled from the U.K. after the accident. Along with two old friends and a new acquaintance of Juno’s, the group embark on a cave expedition that takes a turn for the worse after a rock fall leaves them stranded in an uncharted cave with no map and only a handful of supplies to last them the rest of the trip. As tensions arise in the group, they are faced with another danger — one whose love of the dark is as strong as its lust for blood. Opening to rave reviews in the U.K. in July of 2005, the creature-feature went on to show at the Venice Film Festival and garnered the top prize for Euro feature at Sweden’s Fantastic Film Festival.

Here are five reasons to watch “The Descent” tonight:

1. Spelunking = Bad

Crawling through caves is creepy and unnatural behavior. We as a species have evolved past lurking in dark caves, unless those caves have comfy couches, wifi, and a giant television. “The Descent” finally shows what a very very bad idea it is to retreat to the neanderthal lifestyle.

2. Alex Reid

When not covered in red slime in a dark cave, Alex plays Sally on series 1 and 2 of “Misfits,” the epic sci-fi drama that airs over the pond. In that show she is a probation officer who has to watch over a group of young offenders who gain supernatural powers after a strange electrical storm. She is even more bad ass in this film.

3. Neil Marshall

“The Descent” was Marshall’s sophomore film and he deftly directed the all-female cast in this riveting and claustrophobic horror film produced on an extremely low-budget.

4. Subterranean humanoids

We’re not going to say anything else, but come on, you know you want to know.

5. Shauna Macdonald

While not the most recognized household name, Macdonald has made a career out of starring in horror flicks. Not only did she star in “The Descent” and “Descent 2,” but also in “The Mutant Chronicles.” And the forthcoming “The Hike” doesn’t look any less horrifying. You have to admire a woman who remains true to her craft.

“The Descent” airs on IFC tonight at 8/7 c and again at 12:30 a.m./11:30 p.m. c

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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