5.1/10
31,610
273 user 140 critic

The Cave (2005)

Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
2,807 ( 422)

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jack McAllister
... Tyler McAllister
... Top Buchanan
... Dr. Kathryn Jennings
... Charlie
... Briggs
... Alex Kim
... Strode
... Dr. Nicolai
Vlad Radescu ... Dr. Bacovia
... Mike - Caver #1
... Ian - Caver #2
Alin Panc ... Razvan - Caver #3
Zoltan Butuc ... Corvin - Caver #4
... Creature Performer
Edit

Storyline

Decades after a rock church in communist Romania's Carpathians caved when an expedition caused a landslide and buried everyone, Dr. Nicolai's scientific team exploring the associated Templar Knights monster fighting-legend discovers a deep, flooded cave system and hires the brothers Jack and Tyler's brilliant divers team to explore it. Another explosion traps them, after finding a mysterious parasite turning all species carnivore, and later an independently evolved predator species. Jack may be infected and turning, but Tyler sticks with him, so the group splits, hunted by the monsters, which also fly. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

diver | parasite | flare | diving | cave | See All (65) »

Taglines:

There are places man was never meant to go. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense creature violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prime Evil  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,147,294, 28 August 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,007,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,288,466
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first film shot with the Arriflex 235 camera. See more »

Goofs

When asked if he is okay, one of the scuba divers gives the thumbs up signal while underwater. In scuba diving, thumbs up means ascend to the surface. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Kathryn: At first, I thought it couldn't survive outside of a cave environment. Now, I'm not sure. I think it wants to get out.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Nemo
Written by Tuomas Holopainen
Performed by Nightwish
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records, Nuclear Blast Records, Scene Nation Oy and Spinefarm Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Into The Nether World
26 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

What differentiates "The Cave" from other horror films is the setting. The plot takes place mostly in a large cave, some of which is underwater.

By far, the best element of this film is the underground scenery. The sets are realistic, with spaces and formations that one might see in certain large caverns. And, the film nicely conveys a sense of vertical scale, as we watch cavers climb rock walls, and explore huge rooms with towering ceilings.

The problem here is that the film's director is so committed to an action plot that the camera rarely stays in one scene long enough for the viewer to have a sense of place. We thus forgo the thrill that an underground environment could provide. There's no feeling of amazement, no claustrophobia from tight crawlways, no real fear of any kind. The film's fast pace, combined with characters we barely know and care nothing about, thus dilutes the intended suspense.

The cinematography is flashy and very technical. The lighting is appropriately subdued with interesting colors and unusual camera angles. The background music is somewhat intrusive. Dialogue is weak. And the actors, who appear to be in their twenties, are all photogenic, straight out of central casting. The monsters, what we see of them, seem slightly hokey.

Overall, "The Cave" will appeal to viewers who like horror films set in unusual environments, wherein the pace is super fast, and there is a ton of action. Viewers looking for a credible story will need to exit the cave ... quickly.


153 of 195 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 273 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page