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The Descent (2005)

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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

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Neil Marshall

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Neil Marshall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shauna Macdonald ... Sarah
Natalie Mendoza ... Juno
Alex Reid ... Beth
Saskia Mulder ... Rebecca
MyAnna Buring ... Sam
Nora-Jane Noone ... Holly
Oliver Milburn ... Paul
Molly Kayll Molly Kayll ... Jessica
Craig Conway ... Crawler - Scar
Leslie Simpson Leslie Simpson ... Crawler
Mark Cronfield Mark Cronfield ... Crawler
Stephen Lamb Stephen Lamb ... Crawler (as Steve Lamb)
Catherine Dyson Catherine Dyson ... Crawler
Julie Ellis Julie Ellis ... Crawler
Sophie Trott Sophie Trott ... Crawler
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Storyline

A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures. Written by Lien Dang

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Scream your last breath. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Descent See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£570,850 (United Kingdom), 10 July 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,911,330, 6 August 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,024,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,029,609
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original unrated cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS (US prints)| Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the crevices built for the film was so narrow and slippery that the female cast dubbed it "the Vagina". See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) When the girls are crossing the first chasm. The first two have crossed and they are hooking up the third one, you can clearly see four people behind the third. See more »

Quotes

Juno: Sam's gonna be Doctor Van Ney in like a year's time.
Beth: Please tell me it's longer than that.
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The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the alternate version of the movie, Sarah escapes the cave and runs to her car. She drives down the road and stops. After vomiting out the window, she sits up and Juno, whose face is streaked with blood, is sitting right beside her. Sarah screams and the camera cuts to the credits. See more »

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This frightening British movie concerns about a women group being trapped into claustrophobic caves
26 January 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film begins when a woman has a tragic car-crash ; one year later , six friends (Shauna McDonald, Nalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Nora-Jane , Buring , Muldder) gather together for a caving hick . But the expedition gets horribly worse when a rockfall collapses and blocks the dark way out . After delivering further into the cavern , the group of girls encounter a pack of carnivorous , crawling creatures are waiting for them . Then , they find themselves chased by bloodthirsty , predatory monsters which have added them to his food chain . Furthermore , their friendship is deteriorated and undertake a desperate fighting to survive and confronting each other .

The picture contains thrills , chills , tension , drama, and lots of blood and gore . This terrifying movie packs a certain similarity to 'The cave (2005)' (by Bruce Hunt with Piper Perabo , Lena Headley , Eddie Cibrian) ; both films have virtually the same features , women being trapped in a dark cave , a half dozen of adventurers with peculiar characters and ultimately ominous human-alike that look relatives from bats determined to prey them . The difference is that 'the Descent' is more horrifying , terrifying and shocker than 'The Cave' with a fantastic , unreal , and Alien style . The theme of people being stranded in a hostile , dangerous environment with attackers creatures is justly reminiscent of 'Pitch black' . The sets are realistic with underground scenarios shaped by formations and spaces that one might watch in certain impression , conveying a sense of vertical scale .

Suspenseful musical score by David Julyan (Prestige , Memento ,Insomnia), Christopher Nolan's usual musician . Photographed in Southern England though set in the Appalachians by Sean McCurdy , Neil Marshall's habitual cameraman who created a perfect atmosphere . The producers considered it too risked and perilous to shot in an actual cave , it also would have been far too time-consuming , so they opted to build one instead . The motion picture was decently directed by Neil Marshall with splendid visual style . He's expert in making brutally violent horror movies (Doomsday ,Dog soldiers) . Rating: Good , better than average , the film is rated PG-13 for lots of guts, gore and violence.


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