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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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Cast

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Molly Kayll ...
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Leslie Simpson ...
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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Claustrophobia. Disorientation. Hallucination. Fear. See more »


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  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shauna Macdonald is slightly claustrophobic so she found it easy to act scared and panicky while underground. See more »

Goofs

The cave drawings featured a woolly rhinoceros which lived in Eurasia. None have been found in North America. They lived during the Pleistocene epoch (1,808,000 to 11,550 years before present) and are known mainly through cave drawings. Recent carbon dating has shown that populations may have survived as recently as 8000 B.C. in Western Siberia. A nearly complete specimen was also found in a tar pit in Starunia, Poland. The oldest known cave paintings are approximately 40,000 years old. See more »

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Jessica: Mummy?
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Dark, claustrophobic thriller hits the mark
26 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This tense thriller is a terrifying chronicle of six young women who explore caves in the Appalachian Mountains and find unspeakable horror thousands of feet down. A cave-in traps them with no way to retrace their steps, but don't yet know that a terrible fate lurks around the tunnel's next bend. The film is reminiscent of "The Lost Patrol" as the ladies band together as much as they can against a ghoulish and unseen foe, with each girl's nerves pushed to the breaking point. The movie's dark, claustrophobic look adds realism to the ghastly dangers that the young women face and the music score is effective. The girls have several encounters with the predators underground and use torches and climbing gear to fight off their attackers. Natalie Mendoza is the group's ambitious leader who misleads the other women about the caves and also tries to cover up an awful deed she committed in a wild flight to escape. The four other women on this ill-fated expedition are also good in difficult roles. This movie is certainly one of the best films of 2006.


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