Refusing to believe her story about cave-dwelling monsters, the sole survivor of a spelunking exploration gone horribly wrong is forced to follow the authorities back into the caves where something awaits.
Michael J. Reynolds,
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.
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
Production of the film competed with a big budget American film that had a similar premise, The Cave (2005). The Descent was originally scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom by November 2005 or February 2006, but The Cave began filming six months before its competitor. The filmmakers of The Descent decided to release their film before The Cave, so they fast-tracked production to be completed by the end of February 2005. See more »
(at around 1h 25 mins) When one of the girls falls and tries to get up to a tunnel, she grabs a large rock to help herself up. You can see the rock bend and wiggle under her weight. See more »
[Sarah uses Holly's camera in night vision mode and sees all of the dead animal bones]
Dead animals! Hundreds of them!
This is not good, guys.
Can we get out of here?
[Uses lighter to try and find the breeze]
[the lighter's flame does not move]
I don't know.
What do you mean you don't know?
There's no breeze! It could be any one of these tunnels! Take your pick!
Oh, fuck it!
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The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »
SPOILER: The endings of the US and UK versions differ. In the end, Sarah wakes up at the bottom of the cave, crawls out, and makes her way back to the car. When she is driving away, she pulls over and vomits, and when she leans back into the car, she is startled by the ghost of Juno sitting in the passenger seat. The US version cuts to the credits here. In the UK version, this apparition causes Sarah to wake up for real at the bottom of the cave, revealing her escape to be just a dream. She then has a vision of her daughter's birthday cake, which we see is just her torch. The camera backs out, the voices of the creatures can be heard again and are increasing in strength as they are closing in on her, and the movie ends. This ending was considered "too dark" for US audiences. See more »
The Descent has effective special effects, and executes the claustrophobic feel of the film flawlessly from start to finish. It's increasingly gory action insinuates a growing sense of urgency and willingness to kill in its protagonists, resulting in each and every cracked bone or torn piece of flesh feeling precise and necessary. It's tidy 90ish minute run time ensures nonstop action, and by the end of the film it all will feel brutally sadistic but efficient and effective.
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