On an annual extreme outdoor adventure, six women friends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep int the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exit and there is no way out. The women push on, praying for another exit, but there is something else lurking under the earth. The friends are now prey, forced to unleash their most primal instincts in an all-out war against an unspeakable horror that attacks without warning.
Unrated; for strong violence/gore and language.
Optional Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
Special features: Audio commentary with director Neil Marshall and crew; Audio commentary with director Neil Marshall and cast; Making-of 'The descent'; Deleted and extended scenes; Storyboard and scene comparison; Still gallery; Cast and crew bios; Outtakes; DesEnding: an interview with director Neil Marshall; Trailers.
Director of photography, Sam McCurdy ; editor, Jon Harris ; music, David Julyan ; costume designer, Nancy Thompson ; production designer, Simon Bowles.
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll.
DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
British Independent Film Awards, 2005: British Independent Film Award - Best Director (Neil Marshall) ; Best Technical Achievement (Jon Harris - for editing).
Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film. In this low-budget import from Scotland, director Neil Marshall has masterfully created a spelunking nightmare, which doubles as a compelling meditation on morality, vengeance, and the depths to which we might go for survival.
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