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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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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

The appearance of the creatures was kept secret from the cast members until the first scene in which they encounter them was filmed. When the cast were finally filming the scene where the girls encounter the crawlers, the girls were genuinely scared and screamed the building down, running off set and laughing. See more »

Goofs

At around 52:24 minutes Sarah flashes her torch hearing a noise and it highlights the first 'crawler' drinking water from a pond. Upon the flash of the torch it looks towards Sarah and disappears. According to the plot the crawlers cannot see, they respond only to the sound. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Alone in the Dark (2005) See more »

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Magnificent gore fest
8 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Descent is an exceptionally good film. I just wanted to state that at the start of this review, because it is easy to dismiss a film like The Descent as having some good gore scenes, but little else to commend it from a directorial or cinematographic point of view. However, with what must have been a budget that pales into insignificance when compared to films like Ring 2, the film packs in top class gore with exquisitely detailed 'creatures' and brilliantly claustrophobic cinematography.

Films with great gore abound, for example Jason X, with the audience just waiting for the next gruesome killing to end the tedium in between. However, The Descent keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout, struggling for breath as you feel the walls in the cinema closing in. This is a film to watch in a very dark cinema with great surround sound. You almost feel the creatures closing in around you.

I would have given 10 out of 10, but some of the acting is not top class, so that brings it down to 9 out of 10 for me. That aside, this is a must watch film for those who complain that horror films just aren't scary anymore. Just make sure that whoever you take with you is prepared for the experience. Word of mouth is sure to make this film a success.


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