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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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El descenso  »

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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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This film's poster art is borrowed from a portrait photograph by Philippe Halsman of Salvador Dalí, entitled Salvador Dali In Voluptate Mors. (The photo itself was inspired by surrealist Dali's gouache Female Bodies as a Skull painting) This same imagery was also used for the poster for The Silence of the Lambs (1991). See more »

Goofs

When the copper poles slide off the driver's roof towards the car Sarah and her family are in, the ends start off perfectly round, then suddenly become sharp and pointed, then become round again when shown in the aftermath of the accident. See more »

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[Repeated line]
Juno: It'll be fine.
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This film is dedicated to Meg. See more »

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Magnificent gore fest
8 July 2005 | by (Cork, Ireland) – 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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