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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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Molly Kayll ...
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Crawler - Scar
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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Scream your last breath. 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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El descenso  »

Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£570,850 (UK) (8 July 2005)

Gross:

$26,005,908 (USA) (6 October 2006)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The fact that the cave system was unexplored and not the cave system that the group had planned for should have become apparent very quickly. It's unlikely that it would have matched any maps or charts Juno would have had. And the absence of any trash, footprints or signs that climbing gear had been used there would have evident. It certainly wouldn't taken experienced cave explorers much time to notice the discrepancies. See more »

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[last lines]
Jessica: Mummy?
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This film is dedicated to Meg. See more »

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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Brilliantly tense from start to finish
9 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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