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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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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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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 (United Kingdom), 10 July 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is a shot of a "Crawler" much sooner than you think. Not long after they start the descent, in the cave that they light up red, when Sarah hears children's laughter as is checking out where it's coming from, look in the background to her left and you'll see a silhouette. See more »


In the blood pool when a monster is killed by an antler to the eye, the bone is dropped afterward and it floats. See more »


Beth: [trapped after a cave-in] You put in a flight-plan, right? If we don't report in they'll come looking for us.
Rebecca: That's how it's supposed to work, except I put in a flight-plan for Boreham Caverns and this isn't Boreham Caverns, is it Juno?
Beth: We're in the wrong fucking cave!
Juno: Holly was right! Boreham Caverns was a tourist trap!
Holly: Don't try and pin this fucking shit on me!
Rebecca: This is not caving, this is an ego-trip.
Sam: Where are we?
Juno: It hasn't got a name. It's a new system. I wanted us all to discover it! No ...
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Crazy Credits

The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »


Followed by The Descent: Part 2 (2009) See more »

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Brilliantly tense from start to finish
9 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

With Dog Soldiers, Neil Marshall created a tight and claustrophobic atmosphere then added the scares to create a very good horror film. However, the tension was often released with humour and the audience were allowed to catch their breath and relax. At no point in The Descent are you allowed to relax as Marshall grabs your attention within the first few minutes and doesn't let go until the credits roll at the end.

With the film set almost entirely underground, the lack of light is used to wonderful effect and Marshall keeps you on edge for 100 minutes; if you liked Dog Soldiers, 28 Days Later and/or Haute Tension and are sick of the formulaic rubbish being pumped out of Hollywood then The Descent is likely to be right up your street.

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