Refusing to believe her story about cave-dwelling monsters, the sole survivor of a spelunking exploration gone horribly wrong is forced to follow the authorities back into the caves where something awaits.
Michael J. Reynolds,
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.
A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures.Written by
The end of this movie borrows from Incident at Owl Creek Bridge, a famous short story and also a Twilight Zone episode; as well as Jacobs Ladder, a 1990 Adrienne Lyne movie about a Vietnam Veteran, which both show the hero narrowly seeming to escape peril, and going on a long adventure afterwords, only to be pulled back again to realize the escape was all self delusion; they never really escaped in the first place. This ending; which has Sara escaping the cave, going on a long celebratory adventure just to be pulled back to the cave again, finally realizing she never did escape; was deemed too depressing for American audiences, and a more upbeat ending was shot. See more »
(at around 52 mins) Sarah flashes her torch hearing a noise and it highlights the first 'crawler' drinking water from a pond. Upon the flash of the torch it looks towards Sarah and disappears. According to the plot the crawlers cannot see, they respond only to the sound. See more »
[Sarah has just been scared by a bunch of bats which attacked her. Holly films the bats flying away]
[in imitation of 'The Count' from Sesame Street]
One bat, two bats, fifty bats!
[Beth comes up to her]
Holly... Fuck off
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The creature's snarling sound can be heard at the end of the credits. See more »
SPOILER: The endings of the US and UK versions differ. In the end, Sarah wakes up at the bottom of the cave, crawls out, and makes her way back to the car. When she is driving away, she pulls over and vomits, and when she leans back into the car, she is startled by the ghost of Juno sitting in the passenger seat. The US version cuts to the credits here. In the UK version, this apparition causes Sarah to wake up for real at the bottom of the cave, revealing her escape to be just a dream. She then has a vision of her daughter's birthday cake, which we see is just her torch. The camera backs out, the voices of the creatures can be heard again and are increasing in strength as they are closing in on her, and the movie ends. This ending was considered "too dark" for US audiences. See more »
With Dog Soldiers, Neil Marshall created a tight and claustrophobic atmosphere then added the scares to create a very good horror film. However, the tension was often released with humour and the audience were allowed to catch their breath and relax. At no point in The Descent are you allowed to relax as Marshall grabs your attention within the first few minutes and doesn't let go until the credits roll at the end.
With the film set almost entirely underground, the lack of light is used to wonderful effect and Marshall keeps you on edge for 100 minutes; if you liked Dog Soldiers, 28 Days Later and/or Haute Tension and are sick of the formulaic rubbish being pumped out of Hollywood then The Descent is likely to be right up your street.
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