The Descent

The Descent

Terry Cunningham (2005)

95min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An all-female caving expedition goes horribly wrong in this brilliantly constructed panic attack from director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers). Six friends end up in an uncharted subterranean system and encounter a monstrous cannibal race, but desperation, betrayals and imploding relationships prove as fatal to the girls as the flesh-eating threat. From the high-impact opening shock to the poignantly bleak ending, this underground Deliverance is designed to cause maximum stress in anyone remotely claustrophobic, vertiginous or afraid of the dark. Marshall's expert choreography of the creepy "crawler" creatures provides the extra terror, while they provide the full-on skin-slicing gore. As a writer and director he has a keen understanding of what makes the horror genre tick, and overturns the usual conventions with canny wit. Super-scary and vicious, both psychologically and physically, this cleverly produced chill-ride is edgy British horror at its very best.

Summary

When volcanic activity in the Pacific reaches unprecedented levels, a team of scientists is recruited by the US government to avert a catastrophe. However, one of the group realises that his new employers may be responsible for the looming disaster. Sci-fi drama, starring Luke Perry, Natalie Brown and Michael Dorn.

Cast & Crew

Dr Jake Rollins Luke Perry
General Fielding Michael Dorn
Dr Palmer Drake Rick Roberts
Director Terry Cunningham

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Jul 2005
Drama