Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘The Broken Leg’ From ‘The Descent’ (2005)

Luckily in my life, the only thing I’ve ever broken was my pinky toe on my right foot.  Painful?  Yes.  But I obviously didn’t need a cast and didn’t need any bones set back into place.  I did scream like a maniac though to get a little sympathy, so I’m guilty there.  I’ve seen clips of basketball players fall and have their bone come shooting out of their leg and that makes me squeamish – but surprisingly, Holly’s protruding leg bone in the 2005 movie The Descent made me even more squeamish, and that was fake!  At least I hope it was.  I should listen to the commentary track to make sure.

Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday, and as I stated right up there in that paragraph – this week we’re talking about one of my favorite horror movies in the last 20 years called The Descent, written and directed by Neil Marshall.  More specifically, about the scene where our saucy spelunker Holly falls down a hole in the cave and breaks her leg.  Oh it’s a nasty one.  And the only way to get Holly mobile is to set the bone back in place into the leg.  Get ready to squirm in your seat if you haven’t seen this – and if you have seen it, I’m guessing you’ll be doing some squirming too.