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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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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 »


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

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4 August 2006 (USA)  »

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£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£570,850 (UK) (8 July 2005)

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$26,005,908 (USA) (6 October 2006)
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Tobin Bell (Jigsaw/John Kramer in the Saw series) said in an interview that this was one of his favorite horror films. See more »

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In the first tunnel, when the camera follows one of the girls climbing in it, you can clearly see the wheel marks of the camera on the ground. See more »

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Rebecca: The noise she's making, she'll bring every one of those things down on her head.
Sam: As long as it's not on mine.
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Dark, claustrophobic thriller hits the mark
26 August 2006 | by (Virginia) – 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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