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The Descent -- A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

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Neil Marshall (written by)
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Release Date:
4 August 2006 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Scariest Movie In Earth See more »
Plot:
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Neil Marshall 
 
Writing credits
Neil Marshall (written by)

Produced by
Keith Bell .... associate producer: Northmen Productions
Christian Colson .... producer
Ivana MacKinnon .... associate producer
Paul Ritchie .... co-producer
Paul Smith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Julyan 
 
Cinematography by
Sam McCurdy 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Harris 
 
Casting by
William Davies 
Gail Stevens 
 
Production Design by
Simon Bowles 
 
Art Direction by
Jason Knox-Johnston 
 
Costume Design by
Nancy Thompson 
 
Makeup Department
James Adams .... prosthetics assistant
Jo Budden .... prosthetics assistant (as Joanna Budden)
Stuart Conran .... senior prosthetic makeup artist
Jacqueline Fowler .... prosthetic makeup effects artist (as Jackie Fowler)
Jo Hannford .... hair stylist: MyAnna Buring
Jennifer Harty .... makeup supervisor
Paul Hyett .... special makeup effects designer
Vicki Lang .... makeup supervisor (as Vickie Lang)
Tanya Lodge .... makeup designer
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Neil Morrill .... special makeup effects artist (as Neil Morille)
Sandrine Mugglestone .... makeup trainee: FT2
Conal Palmer .... senior prosthetic makeup effects artist
Robin Pritchard .... senior prosthetic makeup effects artist
Robin Pritchard .... special makeup supervisor
Stuart Sewell .... prosthetic makeup effects artist
Dawn Stewart .... prosthetics assistant
Daniel Vidal .... trainee sculptor
Simon Webber .... lead sculptor
Samia Wood .... prosthetics technician
 
Production Management
Jeanette Haley .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Wynne .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Carver .... second assistant director
Joanna Crow .... first assistant director: additional photography
Tanya Harris .... third assistant director
Paul Mason .... third assistant director
Jack Ravenscroft .... first assistant director
Charlie Waller .... second assistant director: additional photography
Dan Winch .... first assistant director: second unit, London
Dan Winch .... first assistant director: second unit, Scotland
 
Art Department
David Abbott .... stand-by carpenter
Barry Amos-Yeo .... greens assistant
Kevin Amos-Yeo .... greens assistant
Graham Baker .... stand-by rigger
Paul Bradburn .... dressing props
Alfie Burgess .... stand-by props
Dean Clegg .... stand-by art director
Jim Cornish .... storyboard artist
Gary Dempsey .... painter
Billy Edwards .... stand-by props
Michael Kelm .... props
Johnny Mann .... sculptor supervisor
Jon Marson .... head greensman
Jono Moles .... construction manager
Lucy Moles .... construction coordinator
Helen Morgan .... art department trainee
Harry Pain .... art department assistant
Barnaby Papworth .... carpenter
Jo Sansom .... art department runner
Zoe Smith .... production buyer
Terry Stinson .... dressing props
Terry Wood .... property master
Terry Woods .... property master
Adriaan Engelbrecht .... foam engineer (uncredited)
Thomas Jones .... mold maker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley recordist
James Bennett .... adr recordist
Oliver Brierley .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Wayne Brooks .... adr editor
Paul Carter .... foley editor
Matthew Collinge .... supervising sound editor
Ed Evers-Swindell .... additional crawler sound effects
Robert Farr .... adr recordist
Colin Gregory .... boom operator
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer
David Hoskins .... additional sound designer
Claire Mahoney .... foley artist
Michael Maroussas .... sound effects editor
Joseph Paines .... FT2 sound trainee
Jacques Plante .... adr supervisor
Rob Prynne .... adr editor
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer
Danny Sheehan .... supervising sound editor
Nick Thermes .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Paul Hyett .... special effects makeup designer
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Richard Magrin .... special effects crew
Neil Morrill .... special effects makeup
Christine Overs .... fabricator: animals
John Rafique .... special effects supervisor (as Johnny Rafique)
Nick Rideout .... special effects supervisor
Nick Smith .... senior special effects technician
Mark Vanstone .... senior special effects technician
Simon Webber .... lead sculptor
Mark White .... model maker
Stuart Wishart .... animatronics designer
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Ballan .... senior model maker
James Ballan .... model maker
Ritchie Beacham-Paterson .... post production manager: Lipsync Post
Lee Clappison .... colourist
Ivan Cornell .... digital lab systems support: Lipsync Post
Neil Damman .... digital compositor: Mattes & Miniatures
William Foxwell .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post (as Will Foxwell)
Scott Goulding .... digital lab operator
David Hewitt .... model maker (as David Hewit)
Katja Hollmann .... digital lab supervisor: Lipsync Post
Sue Lin .... model maker
Alasdair MacCuish .... digital grade producer: Lipsync Post
James Manning .... model maker
Adrian Oostergetel .... digital effects artist
Mike Peel .... model maker
Adrian Platt .... digital matte artist: Mattes & Miniatures
Leigh Took .... visual effects supervisor
Howard Watkins .... visual effects supervisor: Lip Sync Post
Phillip West .... camera operator: miniature effects
Julia Hall .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Angela Stanley .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Claire Alderton .... stunt assistant
George Cottle .... stunt performer
Ray De-Haan .... stunt double
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
John Fell .... wire assistant
Stephen Fell .... wire assistant
Steve Griffin .... stunt coordinator (as Steve 'Street' Griffin)
Paul Hornsby .... stunt assistant: additional photography
Paul Hornsby .... stunt supervisor
Rob Hunt .... stunt double
Kim McGarrity .... stunt double
Daz Parker .... stunt double
Robert Schofield .... wire supervisor (as Bob Schofield)
Lee Sheward .... stunt driver
Roy Weatherley .... wire effects
Maxine Whittaker .... stunt double
David Williams .... wire effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Rami Bartholdy .... camera trainee: second unit
Sergio Bernuzzi .... key grip
Ashley Bond .... focus puller: second unit
Tim Driscoll .... best boy
Warwick Drucker .... additional crane grip
Dai Evans .... crane grip
Tony Fabian .... grip: second unit
Kate Filby .... clapper loader: second unit
Jon Garwes .... focus puller
Ross Grainger .... electrician
Rodrigo Gutierrez .... director of photography: second unit
John Heald .... grip: second unit
Alice Hobden .... clapper loader: second unit
Phil Humphries .... clapper loader
Bob Milton .... electrician
Ang Richards .... camera trainee: FT2
Andrew Robertson .... video assist operator
Steve Slocombe .... best boy
Andrew Taylor .... gaffer
John Taylor .... Steadicam operator
Neil Tomlin .... crane technician dailies
Amelia Troubridge .... still photographer
Matthew Waving .... camera trainee
Dave Wells .... trainee grip
Gareth Williams .... electrician
 
Casting Department
David Wheal .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Ingham .... costume supervisor
Catherine Jordan .... costume trainee: FT2
Kate Laver .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ritchie Beacham-Paterson .... digital lab production manager: Lip Sync Post
Siobhan Boyes .... post-production coordinator
Lee Clappison .... colorist
Alasdair MacCuish .... digital lab producer: Lip Sync Post
Alexandra Montgomery .... post-production coordinator
Russell Pawson .... HD DVD conform editor
Kevin Phelan .... digital lab head of post-production: Lip Sync Post
Catriona Richardson .... assistant editor (as Tina Richardson)
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Chris Barrett .... score assistant
Terry Edwards .... choir conductor
Andrew Glen .... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Isobel Griffiths .... musicians contractor
Martyn Harry .... music arranger: choral
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Steve Orchard .... score mixer
Steve Orchard .... score recordist
Emily Rogers Swanson .... music editor (as Emily Rogers)
Bill Silcock .... music preparation
Ian Wood .... assistant scoring engineer
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
 
Transportation Department
Chris Mayhead .... driver: cast
Colin Simmons .... driver
 
Other crew
Sarah Baker .... development assistant
Sarah Baker .... production assistant
Peter Block .... acquisitions executive
Hannah Brown .... floor runner
Georgina Bryce .... double
Georgina Bryce .... runner
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Andrew Gwyn Davies .... production coordinator: pick-up shots
Yvette Dore .... unit publicist
Hannah Godwin .... production coordinator
Brian Hall .... supervisor: climbing
Darroch Harkness .... consultant: helicopter
Harriet Harper .... assistant to executive producer
Steve Harrow .... pre-production consultant
Stuart Hendry .... assistant stills photographer
Emily Hobbs .... floor runner
Rachel James .... post-production accountant
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Emma Magee .... production runner
Chris Mayhead .... cast security
Chris Moore .... location scout
Debbie Moore .... production accountant
Natalie Moore .... assistant accountant
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Bill Ridealgh .... unit medic
Richard Rowntree .... assistant: Steve Harrow
David Taylor .... unit manager: Scotland
Michael D. Walsh .... assistant production coordinator
Elizabeth West .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Descent" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence/gore and language
Runtime:
99 min | 100 min (original unrated cut)
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (US prints) | Dolby Digital EX
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Germany:16 (cut version) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:16 (cut) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | USA:R (certificate #41746)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to the audio commentary on the special edition DVD, there was a exact replica made of Nora-Jane Noone and after the movie was finished, she got to keep the head of the doll and put it in her mother's freezer as a joke.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: On the 4x4 can be seen UK-spec headlights for left-hand traffic, showing that the vehicle in question was definitely not in North Carolina.See more »
Quotes:
Juno:Sam's gonna be Doctor Van Ney in like a year's time.
Beth:Please tell me it's longer than that.
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Movie Connections:
References Alone in the Dark (2005)See more »

FAQ

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336 out of 462 people found the following review useful.
Masterful horror film. Spoiler free review, 12 July 2005
Author: matt_cub from United Kingdom

If nightmare inducing horror is not your bag then the less you know about The Descent the better. Geordie writer-director Neil Marshall has delivered an accomplished, well acted, out and out horror movie that comes as much of a pleasant surprise as his first major feature Dog Soldiers did back in 2002. Shot in a mere 7 weeks The Descent sees a sextet of undeniably attractive action women leaping headfirst into an Appalachian potholing adventure that goes wrong so quickly you are left wondering if any one of them will survive, let alone ever see daylight again.

There are comparisons to be drawn to Marshall's 'Soldiers of course - again the story is stark and wonderfully economic. Again there is group of six people, predominantly one sex accompanied with a lurking, ominous threat and again there are more nods to popular film culture than you probably realise. The Descent however has a sense of humour that is suitably pitch black.

Long before the cave appears we play witness to a traumatic event that underlies the plot and serves to both unite and tear apart relationships in equal measure. Mostly affected are fragile Sarah and physically strong Juno, an adrenaline junkie who leads the group further and further beneath the ground. No time is wasted in recreating the primal feel of crawling through tunnels with hard hats scraping the dust from the rocks, choking and inducing paranoia all the way as it lingers in the stale, torchlit air. It's here Marshall gets a little inventive. Playing with various different lighting techniques our heroines become colour coded through scenes via glow-sticks, flashlights and video camera. Sounds echo when visuals are briefly lost and deliciously bone crunching they are too. Events escalate quickly and the whole ride becomes what can only be described as a non-stop relentless assault on the senses that will demand repeated viewing.

The only thing that will ruin this movie for you is word of mouth, which ironically is exactly what this film will need to become commercially viable. But the less you know, the more you will enjoy it. Have fun spotting references to Carrie and Apocalypse Now by all means, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a mere standard entry into the much saturated genre-movie staple. The Descent will rank as one of the most unashamedly terrifying British films ever made. It was made by people that love good cinema, and it shows. The Descent was made before The Cave, and now has an alternate ending for new audiences.

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