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The Descent (2005)

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

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Molly Kayll ...
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Leslie Simpson ...
Crawler
Mark Cronfield ...
Crawler
Stephen Lamb ...
Crawler (as Steve Lamb)
Catherine Dyson ...
Crawler
Julie Ellis ...
Crawler
Sophie Trott ...
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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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When you're trapped 2 miles underground there are many ways to lose your mind...Claustrophobia. Disorientation. Isolation. Paranoia. Terror. See more »


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

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4 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El descenso  »

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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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Trivia

The jokey production name given during filming was "Chicks with Picks". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Juno: [while fighting a crawler] Fucker!
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The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »

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Preposterous Scenario, Horrible Creatures, No Scares, Little Tension, and Weak Characters
5 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

The descent is a disappointing horror gore-fest that is heavy on blood and light on scares and tension. The scenario is preposterous and the creature effects are beyond crap. The characters and the performances are weak. The film is not scary and the characters are unsympathetic, which is ultimately why the film is ineffective. The creatures are pathetic and look like poor versions Smeagol/gollum. The film gets worse as it goes along. The creatures really sink this film to junk levels. The attack/fight sequences look like crap and the camera work is quite inept at time. The lighting is probably the most effective element of the film. The Descent will no doubt benefit from the lowered expectations set by todays extremely low grade, assembly-line sanitized and saturated horror genre. The Descent is by no means a classic or even a good horror movie, but it is better than most of the schlock horror films we see today.Preposterous Scenario, Horrible Creatures, No Scares, Little Tension, and Weak Characters. 4/10 Avoid it unless you are a rabid horror movie fan.


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