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The Cave (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Thriller  |  26 August 2005 (USA)
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Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.


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Complete credited cast:
Top Buchanan
Dr. Kathryn Jennings
Dr. Nicolai
Vlad Radescu ...
Dr. Bacovia
Simon Kunz ...
Mike - Caver #1
Ian - Caver #2
Alin Panc ...
Razvan - Caver #3
Zoltan Butuc ...
Corvin - Caver #4
Creature Performer


Decades after a rock church in communist Romania's Carpathians caved when an expedition caused a landslide and buried everyone, Dr. Nicolai's scientific team exploring the associated Templar Knights monster fighting-legend discovers a deep, flooded cave system and hires the brothers Jack and Tyler's brilliant divers team to explore it. Another explosion traps them, after finding a mysterious parasite turning all species carnivore, and later an independently evolved predator species. Jack may be infected and turning, but Tyler sticks with him, so the group splits, hunted by the monsters, which also fly. Written by KGF Vissers

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diver | parasite | flare | diving | cave | See All (67) »


There are places man was never meant to go. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense creature violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prime Evil  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£563,761 (UK) (26 August 2005)


$149,658 (South Africa) (7 April 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The V.S.S.F. tattoo stands for "Verband Schweizerischer Sprengfachleute" or "Swiss Society of Explosive Engineers". Hence why it was tattooed on the man laying explosives. See more »


Tyler jumps into the water, then grabs his mask and puts it on and begins swimming, but he fails to clear his mask by blowing the water out of it. Without clearing it, he wouldn't have been able to see a thing. See more »


Charlie: They fly! They freakin' fly!
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Cavern (2012) See more »


Written by Tuomas Holopainen
Performed by Nightwish
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records, Nuclear Blast Records, Scene Nation Oy and Spinefarm Records
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A great start gets lost once the movie goes underground.
3 September 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

The opening sequence with a group of men breaking into an old monastery is wonderful. Weird forms in the walls and floors promise that the place has been guarding some terrible secret. Unfortunately an avalanche/earthquake destroys the building and send the men into a deep dark cave where there are monsters. Some years later the ruins are being excavated and the cave is discovered. Its so big that there might be something there, especially since there appears to be a river of some sort that runs a hundred miles underground. A team of specialists is brought in and soon everyone is trapped underground and underwater, including the beasts.

For the early portion of this movie I was a bit confused by the critical drubbing that this movie took. Sure it wasn't the best movie ever, but it wasn't that bad. Unfortunately as time went on I began to get very lost, I got to the point where I wasn't sure what I was seeing. The problem is that the film is very dark and its often filmed in tight shots that re-enforce the claustrophobic nature of where the cast is suppose to be. Worse everyone in the cast blends together so once everyone got underground and in similar wet suits I had no idea who anyone was except there was a blonde girl, a brunette girl, an old guy, a black guy, a Japanese guy, and a bunch of white guys. The combination of the dark confused camera work with the clone like cast had me rapidly lose interest because I had no idea what was going on or who anyone was. I got to the point where I stopped caring. To be honest I got lost as to what was going on and stuck with it just to see the monsters.

Its a shame the film making isn't better or more coherent since the monsters are mostly quite good. These beasts are what makes the movie worth seeing. Sure there are some that look like rubber toys but some of the big guys look absolutely stunning. They are destined to become legends once the movie hits home video.(I can see the toys now) Should you see this? If you like great monsters yes, you'll want to see this. If like horror movies, you can give it a try, but understand its just an okay horror movie, not anything more. If you want a great movie find something else.

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