The DescentDirector: Neil Marshall, Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
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A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows in The Descent, the second horror feature from Dog Soldiers writer/director Neil Marshall. After suffering a devastating car crash one year before, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is lured to the States with her friend Beth (Alex Reid) to a special spelunking trip by the fearless Juno (Natalie Mendoza), who abruptly fled from the U.K. after Sarah's accident. Along with two old friends and a new acquaintance of Juno's, the group embark on a cave expedition that takes a turn for the worse after a rock fall leaves them stranded in an uncharted cave with no map and only a handful of supplies to last them the rest of the trip. As tensions arise in the group, they are faced with another danger -- one whose love of the dark is as strong as its lust for blood. Opening to rave reviews in the U.K. in July of 2005, the creature-feature went on to show at the Venice Film Festival and garnered the top prize for Euro feature at Sweden's Fantastic Film Festival. The Descent was picked up for future U.S. distribution by Lion's Gate, whose work was cut out for them considering the tame opening of the similarly-themed stateside production of The Cave in late-August of the same year.
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Cast & Crew
|Keith Bell||Associate Producer|
|Simon Bowles||Production Designer|
|Nigel Heath||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Paul Hyett||Makeup Special Effects|
|David Julyan||Score Composer|
|Jason Knox-Johnston||Art Director|
|Ivana MacKinnon||Associate Producer|
|Michael Maroussas||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Paul Smith||Executive Producer|
|Johnny Rafique||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Jack Ravenscroft||Asst. Director|
|Nick Thermes||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nancy Thompson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Phase Uk||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Phillip West||Camera Operator|
|Dan Winch||Asst. Director|
|Jennifer Wynne||Production Manager|
1. Seeking Adventure
2. Rustic Reunion
3. Journey Begins
4. Safey First
5. Sarah's Scare
6. Leading the Way
7. Slow Down Holly
8. White Tunnel
9. Body Battle
10. On Her Head
11. All Clear
12. Pool of Red
13. Presumed Dead
14. Body Count
15. End of the Road
16. Sarah's Escape
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Descent: An Underground Experience
Descending: Interview With Writer/Director Neil Marshall
The Descent: Beneath the Scenes
Deleted and Extended Scenes
In the Cabin
Preparing to Leave
Finding a Way Thru
Sam Goes Missing
Juno and Rebecca
Caving: An HD Experience
Storyboard to Scene Comparison
Cast & Crew Biographies
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Six women meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. These women were quite realistic. 6 individual personalities. Some were caring, some were hostile, one was deceptive and unbelievably arrogant. Also they weren't the typically Holly Wood beauties. These actresses looked like regular women. They'd all suffered a tragedy a year before, one was still grieving. Metaphorically each was facing her own monsters. Once in the gave, they face monsters in a far more literal sense. What they faced had pale skin. Was completely blind, used radar to navigate - like a bat. Climbed the cave walls and ceiling as easily as walking. Had only sharp pointed teeth - completely carnivorous. Throughout their time in the cave the women find ancient cave paintings. The creatures ancestors had clearly been human. How long they'd live in the cave is unclear, perhaps hundreds or even thousands of generations. They'd been there long enough to evolve into a human subspecies, perfectly adapted for subterranean life. To these Creatures of the Dark, regular humans were nothing but food.
This is one of the scariest movies I've ever seen! The suspense was phenomenal, and had me on the edge of my seat screaming! It's about six young women exploring a cave on vacation. While inside the cave, all hell breaks loose, and they face one chilling experience after another. I watched this movie in the dark, and by the time it was over I was ready to turn the lights back on!
In order to get the full effect of this movie, watch it with as much complete darkness as possible. The film makers created this masterpiece so that the viewer was just as claustrophobic as the actors on the screen. A truly terrifying ride, if watched under the correct circumstances.
Fantastically written and perfectly timed. This is not a slasher flick but a true suspense experience. Scared the hell out of my wife and I!
If you like scary movies, you'll love this one. I have watched it three times. It isn't really a " chick-flick" like some might think. The suspense builds to a crescendo, and you can't help but get caught up in it.
This movie is way superior to The Cave. Also, this one has an all-female cast that is worth watching. Check it out!
i've been hearing a lot about this that its one of hell of scary movie. after watching it i agree. what i like about this is that it starts out as not a scary movie but later on and gives it an almost real situation but adds a bit of the non human like scaryness to it that you don't see everyday. basically its about girls and exploring a new like cave.
I love this movie! It's one of my few favorites. I rank it up there with 'The Dark Night'. I never get tired of it.
This movie rocks!!! its the best horror film thats come out in years. some people might think some of the graphics and blood look pretty fake but only a little. the fact that its in caves was the worst part for me! i'm not chlostophobic but caves are dark! and you can not see what is behind you... and thats scary! i highly recomend buying this movie it is worth having in your collection. You'll love it!
“The Descent” is a good movie in almost every way. The tension and claustrophobia of being trapped in an unknown cave system is palpable. The previous movie of Neil Marshall was, in essence, a black comedy. There is no comedy on here. Everything is horrifying, terrifying, thrilling and scary. Six girls trapped underground and a common enemy. This film brought two things to mind while I was watching it, Aliens and the Thing, these two movies set the bar when it comes to atmosphere, and this above all others is key to a good horror film. Neil Marshall seems to be a master of this, in an era when great horror films are tough to come by. From the very beginning this movie grabs you by your collar and doesn't let go. It seems to place right in the mix of everything that is happening, and emotion, what was the last horror film anyone has seen that had emotional attachment to its characters. The gore comes pretty hot and heavy in the second half of the film, and the ending of the film is appropriately surprising and bleak, without being corny. Another big plus in my book is that the "creature" FX aren't over-the-top and don't rely on much, if any CGI. When I first heard that “The Descent” was a "creature" film, I was kind of worried because I feel that those types of films have gone severely down-hill with the advent of the over-use of CGI...but this film doesn't fall into that category. Some of the acting isn't the greatest but it doesn't really detract from the film overall, and some seem to think that the first half of the film is slow. Personally, I think that the early sequences in the caves are a great "tension-builder" as things go from bad-to-worse, and right when you think it can't go any lower, the audience is clued in to the existence of the other "inhabitants" of the caves and all hell breaks loose. “The Descent” is a pretty good horror film and shouldn't be ignored.
I never believed myself to clastrophobic, but after watching this movie there's a big possiblity. The movie was a great thriller and is sure to keep your heart pumping. I have to say though that the "villians" of the movie are indeed scary, but it's really the cave itself it was the scary part for me. Imagine youself being totally trapped in a dark rocky hell hole with absolutely no for sure way out. Doesn't sound fun at ALL. Basically...if your a horror movie buff or just want a good thriller...go out and see this movie!
The last reviewer said that The Descent "is not a slasher flick." I hate to disagree, but this is an extremely bloody slasher with throats being cut open, people being eaten alive, etc. The thing that really made this movie were the extremely claustrophopic cave scenes. Definitely a good renter.
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. I bought this instead of renting it.. thinking it would be a fun/scary movie like The Cave. The gore, creature attacks and claustrophic scenes are alright, but short. The horrible characters and thoughtless story take the main focus. Most of the movie is spent on the characters problems instead of focusing on whats happening in the caves, or how these girls will escape or survive. The characters were awful! Killing each other, getting split up or running off and breaking their legs. Definetly rent this movie first.... ugh :(
This kept me on the edge of my seat thru the whole movie, this is the first movie that I've gotten into where I got that "closed in" feeling and I found myself holding my breath!
this is one of the best horror movies in past ten years! it is scary but also has a claustrophobic feel to it too! it is one of the favorite movies of all time!!! What a gorefest! ( :