The Descent

The Descent

The Descent

A trapped caving expedition are pursued by a strange breed of predators in this claustrophobic horror. After a tragic accident, a sextet of friends reunite for a caving expedition led by adrenaline junkie Juno (Mendoza). But 3km underground, a collapse traps them. With limited supplies and rising tension, friendships rapidly deteriorate. The panic begins to suffocate them when the find themselves face to face with a hungry and savage breed of predators that lurk the darkness.

Winner of Best Director, British Independent Film Awards 2005. Winner Best Horror Film, Empire Awards 2006.
2006Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language & horror99 minsUK
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Neil Marshall's horrifically terrific The Descent cannily recasts 1972's "Deliverance" as a female-bonding thriller with some "Hills Have Eyes"-style mutant terror tossed in for truly harrowing effect...

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

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Any remotely claustrophobic movie-goer deciding whether to see The Descent has two options: make an immediate beeline to Norbit, or take the plunge into a relentless 90-minute therapy session in facing their fears...

4.0
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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

The Descent is bloody, disturbing, and genuinely frightening--you'll be very happy to leave that dark theater...

3.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

The Descent is scary as a marriage of every conceivable phobia, but it’s also a taut, economical and very thrilling exercise in filmmaking...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Brutal, bloody, terrifying, astonishing... And so tense it'll leave you aching. The most significant Brit chiller since "28 Days Later"...

4.0
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BBC

BBC

press

Scrambling around the dark caves and tunnels, the cast nails the atmosphere of fear and panic. All impress, but Mendoza is a standout, giving her ambiguous character nuance. Macdonald, tasked with giving the butchery real-world emotion, is also excellent; like a young Sissy Spacek, with added sex appeal. She provides genuine sorrow amid the scares of the horror film of the year...

4.0
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I enjoyed 'The Descent'... it has a few really good scares, and kept the palms pretty clammy (especially the getting stuck in tight tunnel bit - claustraphobic hell). But I think I too was expecting too much after the glowing reviews. There's some hammy-ness with extra cheese, and the overbearing music was way over the top.

3.0
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After reading the critics' reviews i was expecting to be really really scared, but wasn't, thankfully, as I'm not much of a horror fan. I do love femme adventure stories and studies of female friendships, tragedies and clever cinematography. Although there wasn't time to develop the characters to any great depth with all that action going on the gals early...

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Neil Marshall's horrifically terrific The Descent cannily recasts 1972's "Deliverance" as a female-bonding thriller with some "Hills Have Eyes"-style mutant terror tossed in for truly harrowing effect...

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Any remotely claustrophobic movie-goer deciding whether to see The Descent has two options: make an immediate beeline to Norbit, or take the plunge into a relentless 90-minute therapy session in facing their fears...

4.0
0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

The Descent is bloody, disturbing, and genuinely frightening--you'll be very happy to leave that dark theater...

3.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

The Descent is scary as a marriage of every conceivable phobia, but it’s also a taut, economical and very thrilling exercise in filmmaking...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Brutal, bloody, terrifying, astonishing... And so tense it'll leave you aching. The most significant Brit chiller since "28 Days Later"...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Scrambling around the dark caves and tunnels, the cast nails the atmosphere of fear and panic. All impress, but Mendoza is a standout, giving her ambiguous character nuance. Macdonald, tasked with giving the butchery real-world emotion, is also excellent; like a young Sissy Spacek, with added sex appeal. She provides genuine sorrow amid the scares of the horror film of the year...

4.0
0

I enjoyed 'The Descent'... it has a few really good scares, and kept the palms pretty clammy (especially the getting stuck in tight tunnel bit - claustraphobic hell). But I think I too was expecting too much after the glowing reviews. There's some hammy-ness with extra cheese, and the overbearing music was way over the top.

3.0
0

After reading the critics' reviews i was expecting to be really really scared, but wasn't, thankfully, as I'm not much of a horror fan. I do love femme adventure stories and studies of female friendships, tragedies and clever cinematography. Although there wasn't time to develop the characters to any great depth with all that action going on the gals...

4.0
0