The Descent

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Released 2005

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Released:
2005
Rating:
R

The Descent is a 2005 horror flick that follows the unfortunate and terrifying events that occur after six close female friends are trapped in a cave-in. The trip into the uncharted cave is initially planned as a therapeutic experience for Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) after the untimely deaths of her beloved husband and young daughter. Instead of finding healing from her old fears, Sarah only discovers new ones as she descends into the earth below; the women are plagued by a group of underground-dwelling sub-human creatures with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. As enmity, jealousy, fear and panic creep in and begin to erode at the companionship of the six friends, escape begins to seem hopeless and the vicious creatures of the cave seem to be lurking in every corner. Descent is a British film and was filmed entirely in the United Kingdom with a cast composed almost entirely of European descent.

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  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The director of The Descent is savvy enough to suggest even more than he shows. And he's old-school enough to load up on glimpses of good, clean, gruesome gore.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    What follows is a sensationally entertaining escalation of frights, the kind that make you wiggle and squirm as you alternately laugh at your own gullibility and marvel at the film...

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    The chills and spills keep comin' to agreeable effect in Brit-made scarefest The Descent.

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