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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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Release Date:

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

Shauna Macdonald is slightly claustrophobic so she found it easy to act scared and panicky while underground. See more »

Goofs

Near the start, as the girls are heading to the cave in the 4X4's, the spare wheel switches sides on the rear of the older vehicle. 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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This film is dedicated to Meg. See more »

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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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The brilliance of Dog Soldiers and the intensity of Aliens to create The best horror film in years

Ten.... wow is that is a high rating. The film probably only deserves a nine but with all its genius i decided to give it ten. How often is a horror film one of the best pictures of the year? how often do horror films actually scare the sh-t out of you? how often do horror films grip you in total suspense? how often do horror films have great acting? how often are horror films well made? how often are horror films somehow realistic? HOW OFTEN ARE HORROR FILMS ACTUALLY HORRIFYING?

well in modern times... the answer to all of those questions is "very rarely" but The Descent does all of those and more. Somehow, it even horrified critics (in a good way).

Note: the acting is strong all around but i have to say alex reid was perfect for the role of beth. She was no better than the rest of the cast but she seemed to fit her role more.


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