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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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Neil Marshall

Writer:

Neil Marshall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shauna Macdonald ... Sarah
Natalie Mendoza ... Juno
Alex Reid ... Beth
Saskia Mulder ... Rebecca
MyAnna Buring ... Sam
Nora-Jane Noone ... Holly
Oliver Milburn ... Paul
Molly Kayll Molly Kayll ... Jessica
Craig Conway ... Crawler - Scar
Leslie Simpson Leslie Simpson ... Crawler
Mark Cronfield Mark Cronfield ... Crawler
Stephen Lamb Stephen Lamb ... Crawler (as Steve Lamb)
Catherine Dyson Catherine Dyson ... Crawler
Julie Ellis Julie Ellis ... Crawler
Sophie Trott 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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Scream your last breath. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Descent See more »

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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:

$57,029,609
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original unrated cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS (US prints)| Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald described the crawlers as "blind, snarling cave-dwellers, looking much like Gollum's bigger kin". Douglas Tseng of The Straits Times also noted that the crawlers looked similar to Gollum, being a cross between the creature and the vampiric Reapers from Blade II (2002). David Germain of the Associated Press noted of the crawlers, "[They] have evolved to suit their environment--eyes blind because of the darkness in which they dwell, skin slimy and gray, ears batlike to channel their super-hearing." The crawlers are sexually dimorphic, with males being completely bald, whilst females sport thick dark hair on their heads. They are nocturnal hunters which surface from their caves to hunt for prey and bring the spoils of their hunts to their caverns. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) When one of the girls is looking for climbing equipment, but doesn't have any with her, she says, "Oh, fuck," but her mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Holly: [Sarah has just been scared by a bunch of bats which attacked her. Holly films the bats flying away]
[in imitation of 'The Count' from Sesame Street]
Holly: One bat, two bats, fifty bats!
[Beth comes up to her]
Beth: Holly... Fuck off
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Crazy Credits

The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the alternate version of the movie, Sarah escapes the cave and runs to her car. She drives down the road and stops. After vomiting out the window, she sits up and Juno, whose face is streaked with blood, is sitting right beside her. Sarah screams and the camera cuts to the credits. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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tense, gory, and malicious
11 January 2019 | by aminifatimaaaSee all my reviews

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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