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The Descent (2005)

R  |   |  Adventure, Horror  |  4 August 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Kayll ...
Leslie Simpson ...
Mark Cronfield ...
Stephen Lamb ...
Crawler (as Steve Lamb)
Catherine Dyson ...
Julie Ellis ...
Sophie Trott ...


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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Adventure | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El descenso  »

Box Office


£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£570,850 (UK) (8 July 2005)


$419,970 (Australia) (1 December 2006)

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tobin Bell (Jigsaw/John Kramer in the Saw series) said in an interview that this was one of his favourite horror films. See more »


When Sarah falls into the pool of blood, the torch falls behind the big rock to her left. In the next shots, the torch is on the top of the rock. See more »


[Terrified, looking at Sarah who's covered in blood]
Juno: What happened to you?
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Meg. See more »


References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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User Reviews

The brilliance of Dog Soldiers and the intensity of Aliens to create The best horror film in years
4 September 2005 | by (vancouver canada) – See all my reviews

Ten.... wow is that is a high rating. The film probably only deserves a nine but with all its genius i decided to give it ten. How often is a horror film one of the best pictures of the year? how often do horror films actually scare the sh-t out of you? how often do horror films grip you in total suspense? how often do horror films have great acting? how often are horror films well made? how often are horror films somehow realistic? HOW OFTEN ARE HORROR FILMS ACTUALLY HORRIFYING?

well in modern times... the answer to all of those questions is "very rarely" but The Descent does all of those and more. Somehow, it even horrified critics (in a good way).

Note: the acting is strong all around but i have to say alex reid was perfect for the role of beth. She was no better than the rest of the cast but she seemed to fit her role more.

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