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
Director Neil Marshall initially wanted to pass on the project, having just done another horror movie with Dog Soldiers (2002). He later reconsidered since both movies were nothing alike, and he decided to cast an all-female group of protagonists in contrast to the normally male-dominated horror genre. He consulted with his female friends to avoid clichés and define their personalities, and chose actresses with a wide array of accents to give the film a more cosmopolitan film. See more »
(at around 20 mins) The dead deer the women find prior to entering the cave is a red deer, which is is not found in North Carolina. See more »
Trying to set this watch is impossible, the buttons are too fucking small.
Why do you wear that thing anyway ?
My boyfriend gave it to me, it's sentimental.
It's fucking mental, any guy who'd give that to me I'd dump him on the spot.
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While the credits start rolling, there is a picture of all the girls on the background. 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 »
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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