The Descent



    It hasn't got a name. It's a new system. No one's ever been down here before.  

          I wanted us all to discover it!


Sarah is recovering from a car accident that happened a year previous, which killed her husband and daughter. She and her friend, Beth, are invited to the mountains by a mutual friend, Juno. At a cabin, they join up with Juno, Holly, and two sisters, Sam and Rebecca. They then look towards the epedition of caves that lie ahead.

They drive to the caves and begin to explore. When a tunnel collapses behind them, it is revealed that Juno has brought them to an unexplored cave system in a misguided effort to reunite the group. They continue on as their only hope is to find another exit. Holly breaks her leg in a fall. As the others assist her, Sarah wanders off and sees a pale humanoid figure drinking from a puddle of stagnant water. It disappears into the darkness when it senses her, and when Sarah tells the others, they dismiss it as a hallucination.

It would appear these hallucinations turn into reality however as they come under attack from the creatures, who target the injured Holly. While the others scatter in terror, Juno sees that Holly is still alive and fights with a 'crawler'. She kills him, but stabs Beth through the throat by accident. Beth grabs Juno's necklace as she falls to the ground. The remaining members are separated. After Juno kills one of the creatures, they examine it and discover they are blind and hunt by sound. Sarah hallucinates about her dead daughter at several points, and as she explores the caves, comes across Beth, who is mortally wounded. Sarah sees the pendant that Beth got from would seem that Juno had been having an affair with her husband.

Juno finds Sam and Rebecca, and tells them she has found an exit route that may have been marked by previous explorers. The other two women want to leave Sarah behind, but Juno refuses. Sam and Rebecca are both killed by crawlers and Juno narrowly escapes. She meets up with Sarah and lies to her about Beth. The two make their way onwards together, only to find a group of crawlers between them and a possible exit....and not only that...Sarah tells Juno that she knows about her affair with her husband.......












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Directed by Neil Marshall
Produced by Christian Colson
Written by Neil Marshall
Starring Shauna Macdonald
Natalie Mendoza
MyAnna Buring
Nora Jane Noone
Alex Reid
Saskia Mulder
Music by David Julyan
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release date(s) 2006
Running time 95 mins
Language English
Budget 3,500,000






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