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The Descent (2005)

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

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Leslie Simpson ...
Crawler
Mark Cronfield ...
Crawler
Stephen Lamb ...
Crawler (as Steve Lamb)
Catherine Dyson ...
Crawler
Julie Ellis ...
Crawler
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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Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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4 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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:

$31,005,153
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Trivia

As stated in cast commentary on the Special Edition DVD, Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza and Alex Reid did the entire white water rafting sequence on their own without any stunt doubles or special effects. See more »

Goofs

Sarah hears the sound of an eagle while she is lying in bed. She goes to the window and it is still nighttime and dark outside. Eagles don't fly at night. See more »

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Holly: [Sarah has just been scared by a bunch of bats which attacked her. Holly films the bats flying away]
[in imitation of 'The Count' from Sesame Street]
Holly: One bat, two bats, fifty bats!
[Beth comes up to her]
Beth: Holly... Fuck off
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References Predator (1987) See more »

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Magnificent gore fest
8 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Descent is an exceptionally good film. I just wanted to state that at the start of this review, because it is easy to dismiss a film like The Descent as having some good gore scenes, but little else to commend it from a directorial or cinematographic point of view. However, with what must have been a budget that pales into insignificance when compared to films like Ring 2, the film packs in top class gore with exquisitely detailed 'creatures' and brilliantly claustrophobic cinematography.

Films with great gore abound, for example Jason X, with the audience just waiting for the next gruesome killing to end the tedium in between. However, The Descent keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout, struggling for breath as you feel the walls in the cinema closing in. This is a film to watch in a very dark cinema with great surround sound. You almost feel the creatures closing in around you.

I would have given 10 out of 10, but some of the acting is not top class, so that brings it down to 9 out of 10 for me. That aside, this is a must watch film for those who complain that horror films just aren't scary anymore. Just make sure that whoever you take with you is prepared for the experience. Word of mouth is sure to make this film a success.


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