The Descent

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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.

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Awards

Winner of Best Director, British Independent Film Awards 2005. Winner Best Horror Film, Empire Awards 2006.

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Rating: R16 contains violence, offensive language & horror

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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...

Empire Magazine [UK]

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

Lumi?re Reader [Wellington]

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

Premiere Magazine [USA]

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

Sunday Star-Times [NZ, Aaron Yap]

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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...

The 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...

don't walk home alone

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don't walk home alone

This is one of those horror films where the audience will all scream out loud and then laugh unaimimously at themselves for falling for the scare. There are some great horror film appropriations notably the blood dripping wide eyed crazed female from 'carrie'. horror buffs should be well satisfied. Apparently this also carries the full edit rather than the edit censored for american audiences.

Pretty good, but not the great horror film I was expecting

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Pretty good, but not the great horror film I was expecting

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.

Off caving for life

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Off caving for life

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 scenes felt real, with some great moments of complexity.

Once again reviews had revealed too much - wish I hadn't known about what awaited or seen certain images that promote the film.

Loads of blood and gore and pain but I never jumped in any of the scenes, even though I had escaped down there with them and was thorough engrossed.

No-one considering caving should see this film, as it make it seem like complete bloody madness.