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Caved In (2006)

Disguised as extreme adventurers, a group of high profile thieves unknowingly lead a group of wealthy tourists on an expedition through an abandoned salt mine that is guarded by ancient creatures.

Director:

Richard Pepin

Writer:

Neil Elman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Christopher Atkins ... John Palmer
Colm Meaney ... Vincent
Angela Featherstone ... Samantha Palmer
Monica Barladeanu ... Sophie (as Monica Birladeanu)
David Palffy ... Marcel
Chelan Simmons ... Emily Palmer
Stevie Mitchell Stevie Mitchell ... Miles Palmer
Marius Chivu Marius Chivu ... Hanz
Cristian Popa ... Stephan
Vlad Jipa Vlad Jipa ... Carlo (as Tudor Vlad Jipa)
Razvan Popa Razvan Popa ... Muller
Marius Capota Marius Capota ... Ion
Dan Sandulescu Dan Sandulescu ... Luciano
Adrian Pintea ... Supervisor Frisch
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Storyline

In 1948, a group of miners finds a gallery full of emeralds in a salt mine in Switzerland, but they are attacked by giant black beetles and only one of them survives. In the present days, the explorer John Palmer is ready to take vacations in Greece with his family when he is contacted and invited by a stranger called Vincent to lead his team in an expedition into a mine in Switzerland. In return, Vincent offers a large amount to John and the cottage nearby a lake and the entrance of the mine for his family to spend the vacation. John accepts the offer, and while leading the group underground in the tunnels, he finds that their ambitious leader Marcel is a very dangerous man. When John meets giant black beetles in the cave, he orders the group to return but Marcel threatens the safety of his family, forcing John to lead the team to the deep location of the emerald mine. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The ultimate threat. The gravest danger. Hidden in the earth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caved In: Prehistoric Terror See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When the spelunkers are going through the "egg chamber", a giant "queen beetle" shows up, and it's suggested that killing the queen will throw the nest into chaos. The problem with this is that queens only appear among social insects, such as ants, termites, bees and wasps. Beetles are scavengers, not social, and even the isolation suggested in this movie would not produce a queen-based communal structure. Scavengers compete for food; they do not co-operate. See more »

Quotes

John Palmer: Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Your plan isn't just falling apart, it's being ripped apart! By giant bugs!
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Just plain ridiculous
21 December 2006 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I see the beginning of a beautiful friendship: sci-fi recipe films and cheap Romanian actors and studios. I actually watched this to see what Romanian actors would do and, unfortunately, they all did horribly. I can't really say that Monica Barladeanu played badly, given that the scenes with her were either she looking beautiful, looking interested and nodding to what a guy is saying, either screaming. Marius Chivu wasn't completely awful either. Colm Meaney was his usual self, demoted from starship engineer to silly bad guy, while everybody else just played stupid, unrealistic roles and stinking at it.

OK, the plot: giant bugs live underground, but they only get out when Americans come near the cave. It's a natural mutation that occurred somewhere in ancient Egypt, so maybe they are attracted to Jews, not Americans. Anyway, these smart bugs realized that living individually, having a normal size and eating dung is not a good way of life, therefore they elected a queen, covered her in expensive jewelry and proceeded on obeying her every command. Come on! There is no plot! Giant bugs, stupid weapons, women screaming, some entrails and blood, bugs stick together for the explosive finale, the end.

Conclusion: not even cult status bad. It's a mediocre type of film, the kind of movie where all extras are Romanian, but have German or French names for whatever reason. Stay away from it.


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