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The Cave (2005)

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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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Plot Keywords:

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


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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)


$14,888,028 (USA) (30 September 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed mainly in Romania, a country with over 12,000 registered caves. See more »


When Briggs is talking to the rest of the team on the fiber optic line, the counter on the video screen jumps backwards between shots. 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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User Reviews

the film stays buried in the cave
4 March 2006 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

The scariest thing about this horror movie is that the end alludes to a sequel. 'The Cave' is really a disappointing action movie. A team of cave and undersea researchers go to Romania (one of these inexpensive places to make a movie, for now at least) and following a destroyed church enter in a cave that proves to be a realm of underground monsters. Or are they daemons? The movie never decides if it wants to be action, science fiction, or horror, it is a mix of all without salt or fun, and acted in a wooden manner. The best thing about the movie is the cinematography, but even the dark landscape of the cave becomes soon boring, because the film lacks pace and the characters are simply not interesting. Waste of time.

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