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The Descent

  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Neil Marshall
  • 95 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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SarahShauna Macdonald
JunoNatalie Mendoza
BethAlex Reid
RebeccaSaskia Mulder
HollyNora-Jane Noone
SamMyAnna Buring
PaulOliver Milburn
JessicaMolly Kayll

Crew

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DirectorNeil Marshall

Details

Theatrical distributor
Pathé
Released on
2005-07-08
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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