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 »

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Trivia

There was only one cabin for the morning scenes. Props were switched out and the angle at which they shot Juno entering was changed to give the appearance of multiple cabins. See more »

Goofs

Cars in North Carolina are not required to have front license plates. Also, the license tag is made up of four digits followed by three letters; on North Carolina plates, letters precede numbers. See more »

Quotes

Beth: [Sarah is trapped in a tunnel and Beth is trying to calm her down with a joke] Hey, you love this one, "How do you give a lemon an orgasm?" You tickle its citrus!
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Crazy Credits

While the credits start rolling, there is a picture of all the girls on the background. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Yeah, I'm not going down there.
23 January 2021 | by richardwworkmanSee all my reviews

Quite frankly this is one of the best British horror movies ever made. Dark caves are scary enough as it is without man eating humanoid creatures waiting to sniff you out.

Tense pursuit horror as some hideous monsters track down a group of intrepid women trapped in an an unexplored cave system.

Although filmed entirely in Scotland, for some reason its set in the Appalachian mountains, USA which seems like a weird thing to do but given the quality of this movie it's a forgivable mistake.

The horror is brilliantly unrelenting, as the sense of claustrophobic fear is wonderfully communicated with simple use of lighting, prosthetic make up and good old fashioned film making.

This is an outstanding film that will keep you on edge as the women fight for their lives.


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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:

GBP3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,911,330, 6 August 2006

Gross USA:

$26,024,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,130,027
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS (US prints)| Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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