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The Descent (2005)

R  |   |  Adventure, Horror  |  4 August 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Kayll ...
Leslie Simpson ...
Mark Cronfield ...
Stephen Lamb ...
Crawler (as Steve Lamb)
Catherine Dyson ...
Julie Ellis ...
Sophie Trott ...


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 »


Adventure | Horror

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  »

Box Office


£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£570,850 (UK) (8 July 2005)


$419,970 (Australia) (1 December 2006)

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Technical Specs


| (original unrated cut)

Sound Mix:

(US prints)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


No real caves appear anywhere in film, they were all sets built at Pinewood Studios, London created by Production Designer Simon Bowles. See more »


In the blood pool when a monster is killed by an antler to the eye, the bone is dropped afterward and it floats. See more »


[Repeated line]
Juno: It'll be fine.
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Crazy Credits

The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »


Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake (2006) See more »

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User Reviews

10 July 2005 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

I loved it, I went in expecting something along the lines of "Dog soldiers", something funny and enjoyable but instead I got a roller coaster ride of tension and fear. So often these days horror movies just aren't scary, they make you jump they have a little bit of atmosphere and that's it, well this film was scary. It was tense, well acted, and the director made great use of the setting to scare the hell out of you. I don't want to go in to a lot of detail in this review, as I don't want to spoil the experience for anyone who reads it, and that is what this film is an experience I came out of the cinema shaking. This film is well worth your time.

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