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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sarah
... Juno
... Beth
... Rebecca
... Sam
... Holly
... Paul
Molly Kayll ... Jessica
... Crawler - Scar
Leslie Simpson ... Crawler
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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Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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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 "crawlers" were designed to resemble Nosferatu from the film of the same name. They also had huge white eyes to begin with, but this idea was done away with because they looked too silly. It took three and a half hours in makeup to transform an actor into a "crawler." They had to shave off their body hair as well. See more »

Goofs

The fact that the cave system was unexplored and not the cave system that the group had planned for should have become apparent very quickly. It's unlikely that it would have matched any maps or charts Juno would have had. And the absence of any trash, footprints or signs that climbing gear had been used there would have evident. It certainly wouldn't taken experienced cave explorers much time to notice the discrepancies. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: What about you Holly, got a man ?
Holly: Oh I'm a sports fuck like Juno.
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While the credits start rolling, there is a picture of all the girls on the background. See more »

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Brilliantly tense from start to finish
9 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

With Dog Soldiers, Neil Marshall created a tight and claustrophobic atmosphere then added the scares to create a very good horror film. However, the tension was often released with humour and the audience were allowed to catch their breath and relax. At no point in The Descent are you allowed to relax as Marshall grabs your attention within the first few minutes and doesn't let go until the credits roll at the end.

With the film set almost entirely underground, the lack of light is used to wonderful effect and Marshall keeps you on edge for 100 minutes; if you liked Dog Soldiers, 28 Days Later and/or Haute Tension and are sick of the formulaic rubbish being pumped out of Hollywood then The Descent is likely to be right up your street.


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