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The Descent

British poster
Directed by Neil Marshall
Produced by Christian Colson
Written by Neil Marshall
Starring Shauna Macdonald
Natalie Mendoza
Alex Reid
Saskia Mulder
MyAnna Buring
Nora-Jane Noone
Music by David Julyan
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editing by Jon Harris
Distributed by Pathé (Europe)
Lionsgate (North America)
Release date(s) United Kingdom
6 July, 2005
(Dead by Dawn Horror Film Festival)
(premiere)

8 July, 2005
(wide)
3 May, 2008
(Frightfest)
United States
January 2006
(Sundance Film Festival)
2 April, 2006
(Philadelphia International Film Festival)
10 June, 2006
(Waterfront Film Festival)
4 August, 2006
(wide)
Running time 99 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £3,500,000
Gross revenue $57,029,609
Followed by The Descent Part 2
.The Descent is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall.^ Neil Marshall’s The Descent was one of my favorite horror films of 2005.
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^ Neil Marshall’s The Descent was a breath of fresh air for horror fans on its release four years ago.
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^ Written and directed by Neil Marshall, who made the well-liked werewolf film Dog Soldiers in 2002, The Descent arrives with all sorts of advance hype about how nerve-wracking and gut-wrenching it is, and for once a movie earns its buzz.
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.The film follows a group of women who embark on a caving expedition and become trapped underground.^ English film from last year about a group of 6 thrill seeking girlfriends that find themselves into an uncharted cave.
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^ However, whilst down in the cave...things don't go to plan as the group fight for their lives against the crawlers and find an unexpected survivor from the last film...
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^ On a daredevil caving holiday, six women friends are unexpectedly trapped underground when a rock fall blocks their exit.
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.When a group of humanoid creatures begin attacking the women, they struggle to survive and to escape the cave.^ A creature is above some of the women in the cave.
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^ A creature suddenly attacks one of the women.
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^ Soon enough all kinds of hell breaks loose as they realise they are not alone and are being stalked by pale translucent humanoid creatures known as 'crawlers'.
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.Filming took place in the United Kingdom; exterior scenes were filmed at Ashridge Park, in Buckinghamshire, and interior scenes were filmed in sets built at Pinewood Studios near London.^ Carlin Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 234 This film was awful.
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^ Screenrush - Suite 10 - 56 Broadwick Street - London - W1F7AJ, United Kingdom .
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^ The outdoor shots were filmed in London and all of the cave scenes were actual sets, they were never actually in a cave.

.The cave featured in the film was built at Pinewood because filmmakers considered it too dangerous and time-consuming to shoot in an actual cave.^ Although most of THE DESCENT takes place in the Appalachian Mountains, it is a British-financed film that actually opened in the U.K. a month in advance of THE CAVE's U.S. berth.
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^ My involvement in Kick-Ass has been slightly reduced from other films because I was actually finishing The Descent Part 2 when they started shooting that.
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^ Echoes are realistic and you get the sense they filmed this in an actual cave (newsflash: they didn't).
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.The Descent commercially opened in the United Kingdom on 8 July 2005 and later opened in the United States on 4 August 2006. The film was well received by critics, earning an 86% overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.^ The Descent (2005) Currently 7.40/10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rating: 7.4 / 10 (299 votes cast) In Theatre : August 04, 2006 Director(s): Neil Marshall In a remote mountain range, six female friends meet for their yearly adventure, a caving trip into the arteries of the earth.
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^ The Descent would gain even darker (if unwanted) currency when a London double decker bus carrying a promotional banner for the film was ripped apart by a suicide bomb on 7th July 2005, killing 13 people.
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^ But you're absolutely right about "The Descent", it's a fascinating film, ranking right behind "United 93" and "The Proposition" on my "best of the year" list so far.
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Contents

Plot

.Juno (Natalie Mendoza), Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) and Beth (Alex Reid) are whitewater rafting in Scotland.^ Actresses Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Mendoza return as characters "Sarah" and "Juno".
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^ PLOT: Sarah (SHAUNA MACDONALD), Beth (ALEX REID), and Juno (NATALIE MENDOZA) are good friends and sports enthusiasts who enjoy the outdoors.
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^ More In the beginning of THE DESCENT, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is an athletic, good-natured wife, mom, and best friend to whitewater rafting buddies Juno (Natalie Mendoza) and Beth (Alex Reid).

.Sarah's husband Paul (Oliver Milburn) and their daughter Jessica (Molly Kayll) wave and cheer from the bank.^ Year(s) earlier, Sarah was in a car accident that left her husband and her young daughter dead, something from which she still hasnt fully recovered.
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^ Sarah, having recently lost her husband and daughter in a terrible accident, is still suffering from nightmares a year later.
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^ Shortly after that adventure (and after a subtle "moment" between Sarah's husband, Paul, and Juno, her best friend), Sarah's husband and young daughter were killed in a tragic car accident.
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.On the drive home, distracted Paul allows their car to drift into the path of an oncoming vehicle, causing a head-on collision.^ Sarah's car drifts over into the opposing lane and crashes headfirst into another car, resulting in two poles from it penetrating Sarah's windshield.
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^ TENSE FAMILY SCENES Sarah's car drifts over into the opposing lane and crashes headfirst into another car, resulting in two poles from it penetrating Sarah's windshield.
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^ VIOLENCE Sarah's car drifts over into the opposing lane and crashes headfirst into another car, resulting in two poles from it penetrating Sarah's windshield.
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.Paul and Jessica are killed instantly, but Sarah survives.^ Shortly after that adventure (and after a subtle "moment" between Sarah's husband, Paul, and Juno, her best friend), Sarah's husband and young daughter were killed in a tragic car accident.
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.One year later, Juno, Sarah, Beth, Sam (MyAnna Buring) and Rebecca (Saskia Mulder) are reunited at a rustic cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. Holly (Nora-Jane Noone), Juno's new friend, is introduced.^ Also tagging along is Juno's friend Holly (Nora-Jane Noone).
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^ So, on one fine morning, this group consisting of Sarah, Beth, Juno (Natalie Mendoza), Holly (Nora-Jane Noone), Sam (MyAnna Buring), and Rebecca (Saskia Mulder), set off for a well-known cave in the Appalachian Mountains.
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^ The spelunking group includes spunky-punky Holly (Nora-Jane Noone) and goodhearted sisters Rebecca (Saskia Mulder) and Sam (MyAnna Buring).

.As they reminisce over an old photo of Juno, Sarah, and Beth, Sarah says "Love each day", explaining that it was a saying of her late husband's.^ The phrase Sarah's husband used to say.
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^ Did Juno have an affair with Sarah's husband?
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^ Sarah and Beth are moving equipment, while Sarah's husband helps Juno out of the raft, and takes off her helmet Beth notices a weird moment pass between the two (insinuating that Juno and Sarah's husband were having an affair,) but doesn't say anything to Sarah.
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.The next morning the group goes caving.^ The next day the group heads to the cave entrance -- basically a hole in the ground with a 200 foot or so drop to the floor.
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^ Sarah and Beth are heading towards a cabin Juno and another group of friends is staying at, in anticipation of a cave exploration the next day.
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.When the group breaks for lunch in a huge gallery, Juno tearfully apologizes to Sarah for not being around for her after the accident, but Sarah is distant.^ DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE We hear that Juno bailed on Sarah during her grieving period, unlike Beth who stuck around.
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^ As soon as Sarah saw that, she realized why Juno bolted Scotland so fast after the accident, and she probably put blame on Juno for the accident, seeing as the car drifted lanes because Paul and Sarah were discussing his seeming "distant," probably because of his affair with Juno.
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^ Shortly after that adventure (and after a subtle "moment" between Sarah's husband, Paul, and Juno, her best friend), Sarah's husband and young daughter were killed in a tragic car accident.
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.The next passage collapses behind the group and Sarah barely makes it through.^ As the group squeezes through tunnels so thin, Mary-Kate Olsen would have to take a deep breath to get through, parts of the cavern system begin to collapse behind them.
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^ While crawling through a very tight passage, Sarah gets stuck, panics and has to be rescued by another woman.
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^ Together, the group makes their way through the remote cave system, enjoying the hazardous but beautiful surroundings.
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.After a heated discussion, Juno admits that she has led them into an unknown cave system, instead of the fully explored cave system they had originally planned for.^ Juno is the one that chose that specific unknown cave system for them to explore.
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^ That, and the women figure out there has to be a way out of the cave when they stumble into a cavern filled with thousands of animal bones.
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^ Juno switched it last minute in order to make the trip more exciting, so that they could discover this system together and have a truly unique experience.
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.The only people who were told about their expedition think they are at the other cave system, making rescue impossible.^ People who live in caves will enjoy it.
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^ The Reviews - Read what other people think about Phobos Encounter.
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^ Modern day adventurers descend into a caving system, find modern day gollums, but horror styled (and who don’t get all Serkis on you) ones who eat you.
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.They are trapped with no way out.^ There is no charted way out.
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^ 'No offence, Matt,' but Paul was smiling in just the way that people do when they actually want to laugh out loud.
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^ "There's no way I'm getting sucked out of my boat", he explained.
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.Privately, Juno tells Sarah that she led them into the unknown cave hoping to restore their relationship, but Sarah rebuffs her.^ Not only are these six women descending into the actual earth, going into the caves, one of the characters (I won't tell ya who!
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^ Beth tells Sarah not to trust Juno, and then begs Sarah to kill her.
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^ Juno looks surprised for a minute, before Sarah allows the Bracelet to drop into view from her closed fist, showing that Sarah now has proof of what Juno's done, and she's not havin' any of that.
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.Pressing on, they discover a cave painting, which Beth interprets as signifying that there are two exits to the cave, giving them some hope.^ "There might be some other exit."
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^ When their exploration goes wrong, and they are lost within the cave it becomes clear there is more to f...
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^ Susan did some research and it appears that Angus and I are (give or take a number or two) the 50th and 51st Canadians to have climbed Mount Everest.
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.Holly falls down a hole and breaks her leg.^ Holly falls right into this hole.
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^ The girls repel down after her, and find out that Holly's broken her leg.
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^ Fav bits Sarah falls down a hole and is knocked unconsc ...
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.Sam sets Holly's fracture with a splint and they carry her along.^ Along for the ride are Swedish sisters Rebecca and Sam, wild base jumper Holly, and English teacher Beth, who has reluctantly come to look after Sarah.
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.As the others help Holly, Sarah wanders off and observes a pale, humanoid creature drinking at a pool.^ Every one has seen how jealous a dog is of his master's affection, if lavished on any other creature; and I have observed the same fact with monkeys.
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^ The girls move her out of the water that she's fallen in, and to dry rock and start to work on her leg, Becca shouting instructions, while Sarah wanders off.
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^ She then finds herself caught in another nightmarish situation when she's trapped along with the others in the cave system and must battle the humanoid creatures to survive.
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.It scampers off into the darkness when Sarah gasps.^ Then they rose again and flew off into the eldritch darkness, carrying the infected cats with them.
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^ These spirited, fierce women (finely cast and sharply drawn) have intended to use the cave to draw Sarah out of her darkness, and instead are drawn into it.
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^ Sarah dashes off alone into one of the honeycomb tunnels.
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.The others think Sarah imagined it, but Sarah insists that she saw someone.^ Sarah tells her she saw someone, and shines her light back in the middle of the room, but the creature is gone.
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.Soon after they are attacked by one of the creatures, referred to as "crawlers" in the credits.^ A creature suddenly attacks one of the women.
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^ I'll just keep the crawlers totally secret, and the first time that they ever encounter one in reality will be during a take.
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^ And also, on the little examination they gave that dead one, how did they miss checking the hands for the little grips that must have been there in order for the crawler to crawl on the ceiling to attack them?!
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.The group scatters and the crawler kills Holly.^ Sarah's mind and that she actually went mad and killed the group herself.hat's not possible since the crawlers are visible to the viewers before any of the characters start seeing them.

.Sarah trips and falls and passes out.^ Sarah falls and is knocked out.
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.Juno is attacked from behind by a crawler, but manages to kill it.^ CUT TO Vaines, who thinks he's being attacked by Crawlers but comes face to face with JUNO - one of the girls lost in the cave!
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^ A creature suddenly pops down from above, attacking one woman, but Juno kills it with her pickax and a snap of its neck, followed by one woman then kicking the dead creature (we don't see the impact).
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^ The girl that Juno accidentally killed was stupid enough to creep up behind her without making a sound, RIGHT AFTER SHE FOUGHT OFF TWO CRAWLERS (after all that, wouldn't you stab anything that came up right behind you?
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.Immediately after, Beth approaches Juno from behind.^ Beth walks up behind Juno, terrified, and traumatized, and doesn't even warn the girl.
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^ Juno hears her feet on the rock behind her, and spins around, attacking without looking, and her Pick rips right through the back of Beth's neck, right through her throat.
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.Startled, Juno whirls around and stabs Beth through the neck with her ice-axe.^ Regrettably, in her enthusiasm, she stabs Beth through the neck, leaving her for dead.
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^ DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE We hear that Juno bailed on Sarah during her grieving period, unlike Beth who stuck around.
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^ Juno hears her feet on the rock behind her, and spins around, attacking without looking, and her Pick rips right through the back of Beth's neck, right through her throat.
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.Beth grabs Juno's pendant as she falls.^ It ends rather abruptly, as Beth grabs her and both of them fall to the floor, Sarah sobbing, and Beth telling her that her husband and daughter were both gone.
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^ As she's falling down it, Juno jumps on her stomach and grabs her arm.
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.Juno stumbles away even as Beth reaches out to her.^ Then she finds out that not only did Juno kill Beth, but she also had and affair with Sarah’s husband–which betrays their friendship AND tarnishes the memory of her husband.
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^ Beth walks up behind Juno, terrified, and traumatized, and doesn't even warn the girl.
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^ Having been jumped out of the dark by X number of gollums, Juno spins and thrusts, sadly, spiking Beth through the throat.
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.Juno eventually locates Sam and Rebecca and rescues them from a crawler.^ Later, when Sarah sees Juno, it's after Juno has totally abandoned Rebecca, leaving her to the Crawlers.
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^ Becca and Sam are tormented in a few scenes by Crawlers, but they too discover they're blind and stay safe, until Juno, who herself has been lost, alone in the caves, finds them and rescues them from a Crawler.
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.Juno tells them she may have found a way out, but will not leave without Sarah.^ She tells them she's found the way out, but they're not leaving without Sarah.
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^ Beth tells Sarah not to trust Juno, and then begs Sarah to kill her.
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^ Now as Aimee points out, one can see Sarah as a morally problematic person who deserved to die after killing Juno off, their actions each doom them in an odd kind of way.
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The others reluctantly agree to help her search. .Meanwhile, Sarah awakens and encounters the mortally wounded Beth, who tells Sarah that Juno wounded her and left her.^ Beth tells Sarah not to trust Juno, and then begs Sarah to kill her.
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^ Along for the ride are Swedish sisters Rebecca and Sam, wild base jumper Holly, and English teacher Beth, who has reluctantly come to look after Sarah.
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^ A year later, Beth has stuck by Sarah through the bad times, while Juno has all but disappeared from the scene.
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.Sarah does not believe her until Beth gives her Juno's pendant, which is inscribed with the words "love each day". Beth reveals that Sarah's husband was having an affair with Juno.^ Beth gives Sarah Juno's bracelet, which she dropped after stabbing Beth.
  • Movie Spoiler for the film - THE DESCENT 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC themoviespoiler.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Juno’s character was having an affair with Sarah’s husband though which was as much a motivating factor for her “punishment” one of those rare films where it’s not the English characters being a villain in the piece.
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^ Sarah and Beth are moving equipment, while Sarah's husband helps Juno out of the raft, and takes off her helmet Beth notices a weird moment pass between the two (insinuating that Juno and Sarah's husband were having an affair,) but doesn't say anything to Sarah.
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.Beth, in extreme pain, asks Sarah to euthanize her, and Sarah reluctantly complies.^ Along for the ride are Swedish sisters Rebecca and Sam, wild base jumper Holly, and English teacher Beth, who has reluctantly come to look after Sarah.
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.Sarah soon encounters and kills a young crawler, a female crawler, and a male crawler in quick succession.^ Sarah has her own fights with the Crawlers, and kills two of them, 1 a child, and the other its mother, (The only female crawler seen in the film).
  • Movie Spoiler for the film - THE DESCENT 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC themoviespoiler.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It also occurred to me that the first time they ever encounter a crawler, with the exception of Sarah, is in a darkened room.
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^ With social animals, the young males have to pass through many a contest before they win a female, and the older males have to retain their females by renewed battles.
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.Elsewhere, Juno, Sam and Rebecca are pursued by a large group of crawlers.^ The spelunking group includes spunky-punky Holly (Nora-Jane Noone) and goodhearted sisters Rebecca (Saskia Mulder) and Sam (MyAnna Buring).

^ Later, when Sarah sees Juno, it's after Juno has totally abandoned Rebecca, leaving her to the Crawlers.
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.Crawlers kill Sam and Rebecca, and Juno leaps into a chasm to escape.^ Perhaps feeling that she got them all into this fucking mess, Juno gets all Buffy on the crawlers and rags on their story asses, killing one of the punks.
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^ Later, when Sarah sees Juno, it's after Juno has totally abandoned Rebecca, leaving her to the Crawlers.
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^ The crawlers hunt, obviously, on the surface, then, like suburbanites bringing home a bucket of fried chicken for the family, bring their kill down into the cave for feeding.
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.Juno climbs out of the chasm and is helped onto a ledge by Sarah.^ Sarah and Beth are moving equipment, while Sarah's husband helps Juno out of the raft, and takes off her helmet Beth notices a weird moment pass between the two (insinuating that Juno and Sarah's husband were having an affair,) but doesn't say anything to Sarah.
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^ The girls must repel across a cavern, (because there's no floor) and Sarah and Juno are the last ones left on the first ledge.
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^ Then she finds out that not only did Juno kill Beth, but she also had and affair with Sarah’s husband–which betrays their friendship AND tarnishes the memory of her husband.
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.Sarah asks Juno if she saw Beth die, and Juno nods.^ DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE We hear that Juno bailed on Sarah during her grieving period, unlike Beth who stuck around.
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^ I think when Sarah asks Juno, "Did you see Rebecca die?"
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^ Sarah had lost everything that was important to her except her friendships with Beth and Juno, and the memory of her loving husband and daughter.
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.The two cautiously make their way through passages until they encounter a group of crawlers and defeat them.^ If they come to a clear passageway, all the better, because they are just as likely to encounter a dead end, or a two hundred foot drop.
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^ With a collapse imminent, they race to get out of the way and do so just in time as that passage collapses, blocking off their return path.
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^ As such I wouldn't make the comparison between Dog Soldiers and Descent as they are two very different movies (despite the obvious comparisons).
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.Sarah then faces Juno, and reveals that she has Juno's pendant.^ I particularly enjoy the complex emotions the Medoza/Juno character conveys while she mutely faces the MacDonald/Sarah character, who stares her down with deadly, implacable intensity.
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^ Just after Sarah cripples Juno and flees, she falls down the crevice and regains consciousness as a brilliant light bathes her face.
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Then Sarah swings the pickaxe at Juno. .Juno is distracted by the screams of the crawlers and is unable to timely avoid Sarah's attack.^ At the heart of the film, beyond the human/crawler conflict, is the suppressed tension between Sarah and Juno.
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^ A year later, Beth has stuck by Sarah through the bad times, while Juno has all but disappeared from the scene.
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^ And that's where she makes her decision--she knows that screaming will bring them on, and that they pretty much only focus on one person at a time (the one Crawler seems to more or less ignore her in an earlier scene, and the others are going for the easier meal), so the final idea of sacrificing Juno to make her a distraction is easier for her to make.
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She is impaled through the leg. Juno pulls the pickaxe free and turns to face a large group of crawlers. .As Sarah flees, she hears Juno's screams, which abruptly fall silent.^ DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE We hear that Juno bailed on Sarah during her grieving period, unlike Beth who stuck around.
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^ In the British ending, after Sara stabs Juno and leaves her to die at the fangs of the crawlers, she (Sarah) flees and falls down a deep, vertical fissure, where she lies inert on the ground before a bright light rouses her.
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^ Notice how the crossing order changes when the girls have to move across the huge pit: Sarah is almost the last person, but Juno is last and almost falls.
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.Sarah falls down a hole and is knocked unconscious.^ Sarah falls and is knocked out.
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^ Just after Sarah cripples Juno and flees, she falls down the crevice and regains consciousness as a brilliant light bathes her face.
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^ Holly doesn't follow the rules and goes ahead, ending up falling down a hole and hitting the wall hard on the way down, but she lives.
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.Sarah awakens, scrambles up a huge pile of bones towards daylight, squeezes through a narrow opening onto the surface, runs to her vehicle and speeds off.^ The lights start going off in succession toward her in that hallway, prompting her to run in the opposite direction, hoping to outrun them (but this turns out to be just a nightmare).
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^ Some of the group ends up crawling into a large pile of bones (the apparent feeding "room" of the creatures).
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^ He knew the zombies would have difficulty navigating through the piled-up junk with their off-kilter equilibriums and their minds scarred by chemical radiation.
  • Zombies of the Red Descent 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.docstoc.com [Source type: Original source]

.Suddenly, Sarah sees Juno sitting next to her, her face streaked with blood.^ I particularly enjoy the complex emotions the Medoza/Juno character conveys while she mutely faces the MacDonald/Sarah character, who stares her down with deadly, implacable intensity.
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^ Just after Sarah cripples Juno and flees, she falls down the crevice and regains consciousness as a brilliant light bathes her face.
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^ A creature suddenly pops down from above, attacking one woman, but Juno kills it with her pickax and a snap of its neck, followed by one woman then kicking the dead creature (we don't see the impact).
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.Sarah screams and awakens to find herself still in the cavern.^ She awakens from the dream and finds herself still in the cave where she fell, Juno dead behind her and the crawlers on their way.
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^ And then she wakes again to find herself still in the cave, hallucinating her daughter and still trying to survive among the crawlers.
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.She sees her smiling daughter close by and a birthday cake between them.^ What did the car accident at the beginning/scenes with the daughter and the birthday cake have to do with the rest of the movie?
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^ In the ending sequence, when Sarah sees her daughter with the birthday cake, the cake has five candles.
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^ We thus see how close is the parallelism between the sexual differences of man and the Quadrumana.
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.The field of view widens to reveal that Sarah is hallucinating and she is actually staring at a torch.^ Though I viewed the events as actually happening, I saw the film on the whole to be a metaphor for Sarah's rebirth/reawakening after dealing with a crippling loss.
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The calls of the crawlers grow louder, but Sarah is oblivious.[1]

Production

.When Neil Marshall's 2002 film Dog Soldiers was a success, the director received numerous requests to direct other horror films.^ Director Neil Marshall has, so far in his short career, embraced the formula horror film.
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^ As for Neil Marshall, just on DOG SOLDIERS alone, I'm a big fan.
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^ The film reunites Marshall with DOG SOLDIERS director of photography, Sam McCurdy, and production designer, Simon Bowles.

.The director was initially wary of being typecast as a horror film director, though he eventually agreed to make The Descent, emphasizing, "They are very different films."^ For me, the film was a very well made horror film.
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^ Complete interview: The Descent director Neil Marshall on phallic caves, Iggy Pop-like troglobites, and good old-fashioned horror .
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ Cntt waait till numbaah 2 baaabyy x Ronal R I have to agree with AQueryan...The Descent took me into another dimension when it comes to my horror movies.
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[2] .Defying convention, Marshall decided to cast only women in the main roles, going against the original plan for a gender diverse cast.^ There is an important gender dimension to exclusion from social protection, as women have typically had to assume the role of caregivers in society.
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^ Trapped by a cave-in, a group of women on a weekend spelunking expedition in Scotland pit themselves against bat-like humanoids blocking their only escape route.
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^ If you were a bit uneasy with George W. Bush but decided to go with him anyway, if you hoped against hope that he'd be the kind of president you wanted him to be and thought he had it in him to be, you may not want to be disappointed again.
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Casting

.Filmmakers originally planned for the cast to be both male and female, but Neil Marshall's business partner realized that horror films almost never have all-female casts.^ Making it an all female cast was brill.
  • 'The Descent' - Neil Marshall Q&A - News - Film - Time Out London 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.timeout.com [Source type: General]

^ What inspired you to make a horror film with an all-female cast?
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^ Still the film moved forward and then the fun really began!The monsters appeared and I tell you what an entrance, this is where Marshall does the business, the first one is shown in possibly the most original piece of filming/scripting I've ever seen and the whole audience jumped eight feet in the air.
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.Defying convention, Marshall cast all women into the role, and to avoid making them clichéd, he solicited basic advice from his female friends.^ Making it an all female cast was brill.
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^ The fact that it had, primarily, an all women cast was hardly noticeable.
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^ And that is one of the points I've been making all along, that this kind of rhetoric just feeds into the stereotype that IDers try so hard to sell to the public.
  • The Descent Into Personal Attacks : Dispatches from the Culture Wars 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC scienceblogs.com [Source type: Original source]

.He explained the difference, "The women discuss how they feel about the situation, which the soldiers in Dog Soldiers would never have done."^ Those who would marginalize us and make us feel good about it or those who would marginalize us with no concern for our feelings?
  • Uncommon Descent Contest Question 8: Do the “new atheists” help or hurt the cause of Darwinism? Winner announcement | Uncommon Descent 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.uncommondescent.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Given how much discussion there is about the country - not to mention the envy and hand-wringing about its actions - I think America is more relevant than ever.
  • The Descent of the American Empire - Acts of Volition 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.actsofvolition.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As one blogger said before me: when ones mind starts wandering away from what is happening with the women and start developing a weird curiosity about the crawler society (how did they end up there?
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.He also gave the characters different accents to enable the audience to tell the difference between the women and to establish a more "cosmopolitan feel" than the British marketing of Dog Soldiers.^ It has a similar feel to it, but with a lot less humour than Dog Soldiers.
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^ I am hoping it has a different feel than many quests as it is timed and the Bosses have a couple of special abilities that could make for an interesting climax!
  • Descent: The Well of Darkness | Board Game | BoardGameGeek 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.boardgamegeek.com [Source type: General]

^ I now tell it to you—and I can scarcely expect you to put more faith in it than did the merry fishermen of Lofoden."
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[3]
.The cast included Shauna Macdonald as Sarah, Natalie Mendoza as Juno, Alex Reid as Beth, Saskia Mulder as Rebecca, MyAnna Buring as Sam, Nora-Jane Noone as Holly, Oliver Milburn as Paul, and Molly Kayll as Jessica.^ DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE We hear that Juno bailed on Sarah during her grieving period, unlike Beth who stuck around.
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^ They include aspiring doctor Sam (MYANNA BURING), professional climber Rebecca (SASKIA MULDER) and Juno's unofficial protg, base jumper Holly (NORA-JANE NOONE).
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^ Alex Reid ("Blue Dove," THE HONEYMOONERS, LAST ORDERS), who plays Sarah's loyal friend, Beth, particularly enjoyed working with an all-female cast, a sentiment echoed by every one of the actresses.
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.Craig Conway portrayed one of the film's crawlers, Scar.^ Marshall enlisted two actor friends, Craig Conway and Les Simpson, both of whom appeared in Dog Soldiers, to play the crawlers.
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[4]

Filming

.While The Descent was set in North America, the film was shot entirely in the United Kingdom.^ Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1 I really enjoyed the film, though I also loved Dog Soldiers.
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^ Carlin Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 234 This film was awful.
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^ Niagara was the simply the biggest set of rapids in North America.
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Exterior scenes were filmed in Scotland, and interior scenes were filmed in sets built at Pinewood Studios near London. .The cave was built at Pinewood because filmmakers considered it too dangerous and time-consuming to shoot in an actual cave.^ Sometimes you actually felt like you were in the cave with them because of the wonderful use of environment.
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^ The main problem, however is the following: *SPOILER?* By the time the girls actually get to the cave I have a very low opinion of most of them - spelunking is a dangerous activity and their casual indifference to anything like preparation and safety is pretty pathetic.
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.Set pieces were reused with care, and filmmakers sought to limit lighting to the sources that the characters bring with them into the cave, such as the helmet lights.^ "I didn’t want there to be any gratuitous light sources in the caves," says Marshall, "which can be a problem when a character only has a box of matches as a light source.
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^ It suits a film that is seen in small shafts of light against total blackness, where each character's perspective is limited to the bulb attachted to their forheads.
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^ But I also wanted to utilise the fact that the caves are pitch black until the girls take a light into them.
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[3]
.Marshall cited the films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Thing, and Deliverance as influences in establishing tension in The Descent.^ Set in a cave system deep in the Appalachian Mountains, Marshall describes his film as DELIVERANCE goes underground.
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^ Neil Marshall’s The Descent was one of my favorite horror films of 2005.
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^ Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, Cannibal Holocaust, The Thing, Alien ; these are all films that work because of their simplicity.
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.The director elaborated, "We really wanted to ramp up the tension slowly, unlike all the American horror films you see now.^ What inspired you to make a horror film with an all-female cast?
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ THE DESCENT was, i suppose, quite a good flick, once you piece together the caracters, the origins, the plot and the details you find a way to keep up with the film.
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^ "If you really think that you're ever going to convince the human race to give up its belief in God, you are kidding yourself."
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.They take it up to 11 in the first few minutes and then simply can't keep it up.^ Paul said he had offered them a private viewing of their bedroom for a couple of quid, but they didn't take him up on it.
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^ Yeah, maybe in another few hundred thousand or a million years (however long these things take) they would lose their eyes completely.
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^ The first few steps were painful, but I forced my body to keep going.
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.We wanted to show all these terrible things in the cave: dark, drowning, claustrophobia.^ Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, Cannibal Holocaust, The Thing, Alien ; these are all films that work because of their simplicity.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So look, it's more of a case of this, what your country does affects us so we don't want you to do all the silly things our countries did when they had empires.
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^ But the main thing we did was we all went caving together.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

Then, when it couldn't get any worse, make it worse."[3]
Simon Bowles designed the maze of caves for The Descent. .Reviews credited Bowles: "cave sets by production designer Simon Bowles look just like the real thing" and "Bowles’ beautifully designed cave sets conjure a world of subterranean darkness."^ After the headstrong Holly (Nora-Jane Noone) charges off and breaks her leg, the expedition meets the cave's real proprietors: sightless humanoids who look like distant relatives of the Creature From the Black Lagoon.

^ As for the mouselook thing: I game on a laptop and quite like it when a game lets me use the arrows to look.
  • Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » Descent: The Game That Ruined Me 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.shamusyoung.com [Source type: General]

^ But critics who didn't get it and just wanted to criticize the movie for being a movie acted like miracles don't happen and we don't have good and evil amoungst this world.
  • First Look: The Descent 2 | /Film 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.slashfilm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[5][6]
.Production of The Descent was in competition with an American film of a similar premise, The Cave.^ SFBG: Even though the The Descent was filmed on sets rather than in a real cave, it was clearly a very physical shoot.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ THE DESCENT premiered 11 March 2005 (at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films), and THE CAVE was released 26 August 2005.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Descent is Alien in a cave; but unlike Dog Soldiers, no girl ever comes up with the line: "It's just like that film: Alien!"
  • The Descent Movie Download in HD 720p/DVD/DivX/iPod/PDA Quality 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.moviepro.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Descent was originally scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom by November 2005 or February 2006, but The Cave began filming six months before its competitor.^ Although most of THE DESCENT takes place in the Appalachian Mountains, it is a British-financed film that actually opened in the U.K. a month in advance of THE CAVE's U.S. berth.
  • REVIEW - The Descent [2006] - Horror Express Forum 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I just now watched this, having never seen The Descent before i decided to watch this and then the original, and I must say this version is far more enjoyable than the original.
  • The Descent – Scary As Hell Edition » Fanedit.org – Home of the fanedits 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC fanedit.org [Source type: General]

^ Carlin Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 234 This film was awful.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Filmmakers of The Descent decided to release the film before The Cave, so they fast-tracked production to be completed by the end of February 2005.[3]

Editing

.The Descent was released in North America with approximately a minute cut from the end.^ Probably the biggest is that even at 99 minutes, THE DESCENT goes on a bit too long and could have probably stood to have another ten minutes cut from the running time.
  • REVIEW - The Descent [2006] - Horror Express Forum 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • THE DESCENT - Movie Review 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Approximately one-fifth of America’s food goes to waste, and that’s not counting the vast amount that ends up as flab.
  • The Descent of the American Empire - Acts of Volition 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.actsofvolition.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "The Descent": Last ten minutes or so of the British cut .
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the American cut, Sarah escapes from the cave and sees Juno, but the film does not cut back to the cave.^ Cave dweller creatures surround Sarah and Juno who then battle the creatures that jump on and attempt to bite them.
  • SCREEN IT! PARENTAL REVIEW: THE DESCENT 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.screenit.com [Source type: General]

^ In the American cut, Sarah's torture never ends, but in the British one, she does seem to either accept her fate or Elvis has completly left the building.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But if we know what's been cut and where we can see the uncut film, why the hell would we go to the theaters?
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the 4 August 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly, it was stated that the ending was trimmed because American viewers didn't like its "uber-hopeless finale". Lionsgate marketing chief Tim Palen said, "It's a visceral ride, and by the time you get to the ending you're drained.^ Do you understand what it's like to be an American?
  • The Descent of the American Empire - Acts of Volition 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.actsofvolition.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Comment 08/08/06 Sean Burns Philadelphia Weekly At its most powerful (and evil), it lets viewers feel like they're being buried alive.

^ If they come to a clear passageway, all the better, because they are just as likely to encounter a dead end, or a two hundred foot drop.
  • REVIEW - The Descent [2006] - Horror Express Forum 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[Director .Neil] Marshall had a number of endings in mind when he shot the film, so he was open [to making a switch]."^ My thanks to Neil Marshall and the writers and everyone else involved for making an intelligent,thought provoking horror movie!
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The opening scene of Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers is all one needs to see in order to get that movie's appeal.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since Neil Marshall has taken obvious pains to create a smart film, I can't see him undermining his effort by making the crawlers a dream-induced plot device.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Marshall compared the change to the ending of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, saying, "Just because she gets away, does that make it a happy ending?"
.The North American Unrated DVD includes the original ending.^ This has been out on DVD in Europe for quite awhile now and seriously, the original ending is key!
  • Descent, The | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This review is from: The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Widescreen Edition] (DVD) You've got a pretty tight group of girlfriends.
  • Amazon.com: The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Blu-ray]: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway, Leslie Simpson, Mark Cronfield, Stephen Lamb, Sam McCurdy, Neil Marshall, Christian Colson, Ivana Mackinnon, Keith Bell, Paul Ritchie, Paul Smith: Movies & TV 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wouldn't mind checking out the original ending (apparently too grim for US audiences); hopefully it will be on the DVD. A must for fans of the genre.
  • The Descent [2005] Movie Reviews on MovieClock 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC movieclock.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Recently, the film has been airing on Canada's The Movie Network, which has the original ending.^ By Robert Humanick on August 10, 2006 10:56 AM I came home right after seeing the film and watched your linked video of the original ending.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By Peet on August 6, 2006 3:11 PM I saw the movie in its original UK cut, and absolutely loved the brutal ambiguity of that ending.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After watching the original ending this morning and reading all of the comments, I have become even more appreciative of this film.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In contrast the American Syfy Channel as recently as October 11, 2009 broadcasted the recut version of Sarah truly escaping with Juno's specter appearing besides Sarah in the SUV.

Creature design

Crawler
Crawlies.jpg
Crawlers, as portrayed in both The Descent (left) and The Descent 2 (right)
Classification Cave dwelling Hominid
First appearance The Descent
Last appearance The Descent 2
Created by Neil Marshall (producer)
Paul Hyett (designer)
.In the film, the women encounter underground creatures called crawlers.^ SFBG: In the vein of survivalist horror, you’ve called The Descent “ Deliverance goes underground” -- and the film is full of homages big and small to other horror films.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ SFBG: Is it true that you didn’t let the six women see the crawlers until it was time to film the first big reveal?
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

Marshall described the crawlers as cavemen who have stayed underground. .The director explained, "They've evolved in this environment over thousands of years.^ They evolved to meet challenges in the environment, challenges faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors in their daily lives.
  • The Descent of Man - Stone Age Minds in Modern Skulls (full transcript) 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.abc.net.au [Source type: Original source]

^ Yeah, maybe in another few hundred thousand or a million years (however long these things take) they would lose their eyes completely.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

They've adapted perfectly to thrive in the cave. They've lost their eyesight, they have acute hearing and smell and function perfectly in the pitch black. .They're expert climbers, so they can go up any rock face and that is their world."^ They're not going to hit us up for refunds after all.

^ Plus they’re going to stink up the place.
  • Zombies of the Red Descent 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.docstoc.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They're just very special animals, part of our natural world.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Filmmakers kept the crawler design hidden from the actresses until they were revealed in the scenes in which the characters encountered the creatures.^ As with animals of all classes, so with man, the distinctive characters of the male sex are not fully developed until he is nearly mature; and if emasculated they never appear.
  • The Descent Of Man - Chapter XIX by Charles Darwin 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.darwin-literature.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But with the entire movie in reality, they are just scary, disgusting and cool, even in the scene, when one crawler sits on Sarah and doesn’t realize that she is alive.
  • The Descent – Scary As Hell Edition » Fanedit.org – Home of the fanedits 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC fanedit.org [Source type: General]

^ I realized that the girls hadn’t seen any of the sketches or the designs or the sculptures or anything like that -- they had absolutely no idea what the crawlers were going to look like.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

[7]

Conception

.Director Neil Marshall first chose to have a dark cave as the setting for his horror film The Descent then decided to add the element of the crawlers, describing them as "something that could get the women, something human, but not quite".[8] The crawlers were depicted as cavemen who never left the caves and evolved in the dark.^ Director Neil Marshall (kneeling, left) on the set of The Descent .
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ Director Neil Marshall has, so far in his short career, embraced the formula horror film.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Neil Marshall’s The Descent was one of my favorite horror films of 2005.
  • First Look: The Descent 2 | /Film 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.slashfilm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The director included mothers and children in the colony of creatures, defining his vision, "It is a colony and I thought that was far more believable than making them the classic monsters.^ The children, moreover, that are borne by mothers during the prime of life are heavier and larger, and therefore probably more vigorous, than those born at other periods.
  • The Descent of Man 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC jim.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Its got way more character and believability than any Hollywood movie usually has- the long build up is necessary cos without it, you wouldn't believe in the situation.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I just now watched this, having never seen The Descent before i decided to watch this and then the original, and I must say this version is far more enjoyable than the original.
  • The Descent – Scary As Hell Edition » Fanedit.org – Home of the fanedits 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC fanedit.org [Source type: General]

.If they had been all male, it would have made no sense, so I wanted to create a more realistic context for them.^ Again it made no sense.
  • CNN - 'The Descent' - August 30, 1999 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It made no sense.
  • CNN - 'The Descent' - August 30, 1999 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Yet it made no sense.
  • CNN - 'The Descent' - August 30, 1999 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

I wanted to have this very feral, very primal species living underground, but I wanted to make them human. .I didn't want to make them aliens because humans are the scariest things."^ Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, Cannibal Holocaust, The Thing, Alien ; these are all films that work because of their simplicity.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So, we knew that we were gonna have to do it on set, but that didn’t necessarily make it easy, because we were filming in January in the UK, and it was freezing.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ I’m a left handed mouser, and it drives me nuts when games want to make me use the WASD section, because, well…that hand is on the mouse, not the keyboard… .
  • Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » Descent: The Game That Ruined Me 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.shamusyoung.com [Source type: General]

[9]
The crawlers were designed by Paul Hyett, a makeup and prosthetics creator.[10] .Production designer Simon Bowles said that the crawler design had started out as "wide-eyed and more creature-like", but the design shifted toward a more human appearance.^ When you see the creatures, sure, it's nothing like the true aliens in Alien...but that actually saves the movie from being just another "monster" movie....it's more about six women being trapped underground and fighting to find a way out.
  • FlickFilosopher.com: The Descent (review) 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.flickfilosopher.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The fine wool-like hair, or so-called lanugo, with which the human foetus during the sixth month is thickly covered, offers a more curious case.
  • The Descent of Man (Darwin)/Chapter I - Wikisource 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC en.wikisource.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I realized that the girls hadn’t seen any of the sketches or the designs or the sculptures or anything like that -- they had absolutely no idea what the crawlers were going to look like.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

Crawlers originally had pure white skin, but the look was adjusted to seem grubbier. The skin was originally phosphorescent in appearance, but the effect was too bright and reflective in the darkened set, so the adjustment was made for them to blend in shadows.[11] .The director barred the film's all-female cast from seeing the actors in full crawler make-up until their first appearance on screen.^ What inspired you to make a horror film with an all-female cast?
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ Although decent work is an attractive goal, the deficits we see around us show how difficult it is to make it a reality for all of the world’s workers.
  • ILC 89 - Report 1(A) - Decent work deficit: A global challenge 16 October 2009 10:58 UTC www.ilo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Nobody dies until the creepers make their appearance.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Actress Natalie Mendoza said of the effect, "When the moment came, I nearly wet my pants! .I was running around afterwards, laughing in this hysterical way and trying to hide the fact that I was pretty freaked out.^ 'No offence, Matt,' but Paul was smiling in just the way that people do when they actually want to laugh out loud.
  • Towards the Decent Inn | Michael Arram | Chapter XXI 16 October 2009 10:58 UTC iomfats.org [Source type: Original source]

^ You two (Ed and PZ) should try to stay out of each other's way, avoid writing about each other and move on.
  • The Descent Into Personal Attacks : Dispatches from the Culture Wars 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC scienceblogs.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He tried to hide his drinking from Elenora, but she always seemed to find out everything he did.
  • Zombies of the Red Descent 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.docstoc.com [Source type: Original source]

.Even after that scene, we never really felt comfortable with them."^ The inverted mouselook never felt right to me, even in a flight sim.
  • Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » Descent: The Game That Ruined Me 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.shamusyoung.com [Source type: General]

[12]
.The crawlers will reappear in The Descent 2, a sequel by Jon Harris with the first film's director Neil Marshall as executive producer.^ Director Neil Marshall has, so far in his short career, embraced the formula horror film.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Marshall also did a cool blog in Total Film mag (of which I'm sure Harry is a fan) .
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since Neil Marshall has taken obvious pains to create a smart film, I can't see him undermining his effort by making the crawlers a dream-induced plot device.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

For the sequel, Hyett improved the camouflaging ability of the crawlers' skin tones to deliver better scares. According to Hyett, "Jon wanted them more viciously feral, inbred, scarred and deformed, with rows of sharklike teeth for ripping flesh." A charnel house was designed for the crawlers as well as a set that the crew called the "Crawler Crapper".[10]

Description

.Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald described the crawlers as "blind, snarling cave-dwellers, looking much like Gollum's bigger kin".[13] Douglas Tseng of The Straits Times also noted that the crawlers looked similar to Gollum, being a cross between the creature and the vampiric Reapers from Blade II.^ Is the morale of the story something about us all being cave-dwellers, if stripped of a very thin veneer of social-conditioning?
  • THE DESCENT - Movie Review 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Looks like scapegoating to me, regardless of what you've decided that atheism inherently is and isn't or how many times you've done it.
  • The Descent Into Personal Attacks : Dispatches from the Culture Wars 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC scienceblogs.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Early creature designs are divulged, and all throughout the design dialogue, everyone involved conveniently manages to not mention the Crawlers many striking similarities with Blade II’s Reapers.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14] David Germain of the Associated Press noted of the crawlers, "[They] have evolved to suit their environment—eyes blind because of the darkness in which they dwell, skin slimy and gray, ears batlike to channel their super-hearing."[15] The crawlers are sexually dimorphic, with males being completely bald, whilst females sport thick dark hair on their heads. .They are nocturnal hunters which surface from their caves to hunt for prey and bring the spoils of their hunts to their caverns.^ What threw me was the idea that they went to the surface to hunt (apparently frequently, based on all the bones.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We practiced ways in which they might hunt, how they’d bring down their prey, and how they’d actually kill their prey.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ But I have to agree with an earlier comment that if, as it was suggested, these nasties went to the surface to hunt then they would have at the very least have extremely well developed night sight.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[16]

Marketing

.The skull of women motif used in some advertising material is based on Philippe Halsman's In Voluptas Mors photograph.^ This film's Poster Art is borrowed from a portrait photograph by Philippe Halsman of Salvador Dali, entitled Salvador Dali In Voluptate Mors.
  • THE DESCENT - Movie Review 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The film's marketing campaign in the United Kingdom was disrupted by the London bombings in July 2005. Advertisements on London's public transport system (including the bus which blew up) had included posters that carried the quote, "Outright terror...^ Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 3 I enjoyed this film, but it won't be a classic.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Carlin Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 234 This film was awful.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dave Brock Banned Join Date: November 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,237 Eddy Bennett wrote: This film was awful.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

bold and brilliant," and depicted a terrified woman screaming in a tunnel. .The film's theatrical distributor in the UK, Pathé, recalled the posters from their placement in the London Underground and reworked the campaign to exclude the word "terror" from advertised reviews of The Descent.^ Solid review of a film I loved when I saw it last year (UK).
  • Descent, The | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I saw this film when it came out in the UK based on how much i enjoyed DOG SOLDIERS, and unfortunatly THE DESCENT doesn't quite match up.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This review is from: The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Widescreen Edition] (DVD) I'm not typically accustomed to going "gaga" over horror films.
  • Amazon.com: The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Blu-ray]: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway, Leslie Simpson, Mark Cronfield, Stephen Lamb, Sam McCurdy, Neil Marshall, Christian Colson, Ivana Mackinnon, Keith Bell, Paul Ritchie, Paul Smith: Movies & TV 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Pathé also distributed the new versions to TV and radio stations. .The distributor's marketing chief, Anna Butler, said of the new approach, "We changed tack to concentrate on the women involved all standing together and fighting back.^ This dog might have brought forward the argument lately advanced to crush all evolutionists, and said, "I abide amid all mental moods and all material changes....
  • The Descent of Man 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC jim.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You've said you hate America and all it stands for....
  • The Descent of the American Empire - Acts of Volition 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.actsofvolition.com [Source type: Original source]

That seemed to chime with the prevailing mood of defiance that set in the weekend after the bombs."[17]
An example of the poster can be seen here. .Neil Marshall stated in a review "Shauna was pretty upset about it; it was on newspapers all across the county" and cites the attacks as harming the film's box office, as "people were still trapped underground in reality, so no one really wanted to go see a film about people trapped underground..."^ I've heard about it and want to see it.
  • Descent, The: Special Edition (UK - DVD R2) in Reviews > Video Discs at DVDActive 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.dvdactive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Go and see this film for a real roller coaster ride!
  • The Descent Movie Download in HD 720p/DVD/DivX/iPod/PDA Quality 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.moviepro.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No one’s supposed to know about that!
  • Harry’s Place » Proyect vs. the decent Obama backers 16 October 2009 10:58 UTC www.hurryupharry.org [Source type: General]

[18]
.Many commentators, including writers for Variety and The Times, remarked on the rather unfortunate coincidence.^ There are many other insightful observations Greer makes in this chapter, including comments on salvage and organic agriculture, and what will endure into the post-collapse world.
  • Zone5 » Book Review: The Long Descent 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC zone5.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Due to these events there was some initial concern that the film's release might have been delayed out of sensitivity for the tragedy but Pathé ultimately chose to release the film on schedule with a slightly retooled advertising campaign; However, the US promotional campaign managed by Lionsgate Films was significantly different from the original European version.^ Some of these are entirely new, such as the Programmes on Promoting the Declaration, Crisis Response and Socio-Economic Security.
  • ILC 89 - Report 1(A) - Decent work deficit: A global challenge 16 October 2009 10:58 UTC www.ilo.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ [The film has a different, slightly longer final scene in the UK version, which was released everywhere else around the globe except the US and Canada.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ Sure, there were a few 'jump out of your seat' cheap moments, but a good horror should really make you bond with the characters before they undergo some type of horrific event.
  • Descent, The | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Reception

...When it was released in .July [2005], this claustrophobic story of six women who stumble across something nasty on a caving trip got arguably the best reviews of any Brit pic this year.^ I was mearely making the correction that there are SIX women who journey into the cave.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Is the morale of the story something about us all being cave-dwellers, if stripped of a very thin veneer of social-conditioning?
  • THE DESCENT - Movie Review 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Descent concerns six women — all big-risk adventurers who congregate annually to go rafting or caving or whatever adventurous people like to do.
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Variety columnist Adam Dawtrey[19]

.The Descent premiered at the Scottish horror film festival Dead by Dawn on 6 July 2005.[20] The film commercially opened on 329 screens in the UK and received limited releases in other European countries, eventually earning more than £6 million in box office receipts.^ Although most of THE DESCENT takes place in the Appalachian Mountains, it is a British-financed film that actually opened in the U.K. a month in advance of THE CAVE's U.S. berth.
  • THE DESCENT - Movie Review 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.horrorexpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Films now showing Cinema search Coming soon Reviews Box-office News Features Film websites Forums .
  • The Descent Part 2 - Screenrush.co.uk 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.screenrush.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The prose poems that alternate with the short lyrics of The Descent of Winter exhibit a discontinuity more radical than that of the earlier Kora in Hell.

[citation needed] The London bombings in the same month was reported to have affected the box office performance of The Descent.[19]
.Based on 156 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, The Descent received an 85% overall approval rating;[21] the film had a lower approval rating with the 27 critics in Rotten Tomatoes' "Cream of the Crop", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio program,[22] receiving a 70% approval rating.^ With The Descent , it’s probably a collection of four films.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ Movie Review Query Engine as seen on Rotten Tomatoes member, Online Film Critics Society member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists .
  • FlickFilosopher.com: The Descent (review) 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.flickfilosopher.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Top films News Features Trailers & clips Photos Cast & crew Competitions Screenrush on your website Smalltalk blog .
  • The Descent Part 2 - Screenrush.co.uk 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.screenrush.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[23] By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 71 out of 100 from the 30 reviews it collected.[24] On its debut weekend in the US, The Descent opened with a three-day gross of $8.8 million, and finished with $26,005,908. Total worldwide box office receipts are $57,029,609.
.Roger Ebert's editor, Jim Emerson, reviewed the film for Ebert's column whilst Ebert was on leave due to surgery, giving it four out of four stars.^ I sooo wish Roger Ebert would have gotten a chance to review this one because I am aware of his phobia of heights.
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^ In his review of Open Water Roger Ebert said, "Rarely, but sometimes, a movie can have an actual physical effect on you.
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^ Andrew Sullivan Jim Romanesko Josh Marshall Editor & Publisher Columbia Journalism Review American Journalism Review Regret the Error .
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.He wrote, "This is the fresh, exciting summer movie I've been wanting for months.^ Combine all this with a mediocre ending, and you've got your typical summer horror movie.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Or for years, it seems."[25]
.Manohla Dargis of The New York Times described The Descent as "one of the better horror entertainments of the last few years", calling it "indisputably and pleasurably nerve-jangling". Dargis applauded the claustrophobic atmosphere of the film, though she perceived sexual overtones in the all-female cast with their labored breathing and sweaty clothing.^ It is one of the best films of last year.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I thought, that’s gotta be better for a horror film.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ What inspired you to make a horror film with an all-female cast?
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[26] .Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald thought that the film devolved into a guessing game of who would survive, though he praised Marshall's "nightmare imagery" for generating scares that work better than other horror films.^ I thought it was way better than DS. .
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^ I thought, that’s gotta be better for a horror film.
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

^ I thought that this film was great and I highly recomend this for true horror fans.
  • Amazon.com: The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Blu-ray]: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway, Leslie Simpson, Mark Cronfield, Stephen Lamb, Sam McCurdy, Neil Marshall, Christian Colson, Ivana Mackinnon, Keith Bell, Paul Ritchie, Paul Smith: Movies & TV 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Rodriguez also noted the attempt to add dimension to the female characters but felt that the actresses were unable to perform.[27]
Top-ten lists, 2006:[28]
.Bloody Disgusting ranked the film third in their list of the 'Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade', with the article saying "One of the scariest films of this or any decade...^ But one rarely sees mummy films even though I think they would be scarier than other types of horror flicks.
  • Zombies of the Red Descent 2 February 2010 10:010 UTC www.docstoc.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Im a huge fan of horror films and this one is a must see.
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^ SFBG: There’s definitely a tradition in horror of having one strong female character who survives the film’s events, like in Halloween or Alien .
  • Crawler space - Pixel Vision: Arts and Culture Blog of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC www.sfbg.com [Source type: General]

.Ultimately, The Descent is the purest kind of horror film – ruthless, unforgiving, showing no mercy."^ No matter how you slice it (no pun intended), this is a great, thought-provoking horror film.
  • 'The Descent': The deeper ending - scanners 20 September 2009 7:43 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ THE DESCENT is a good, solid horror film that is primarily interested in scares.
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^ But for that and a few derivative lines of dialogue, The Descent would have been far and away the best horror film released this year.
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[29]
Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer thought a weakness of The Descent was the failure of the writer to explain the evolution of the creature, though he said, "Their clicking and howling, used for echolocation and communication, makes them more alien; this otherness gives humans permission to mutilate them without seeming too disgusting to be sympathetic."[30] Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune thought that the crawlers should have been left out of the film, believing, "Watching those gray, slithering beings chasing and biting the women makes it hard to maintain any suspension of disbelief."[31]

Sequel

A sequel to The Descent was filmed at Ealing Studios in London during 2008 and was released on December 4, 2009 in the UK.

References

  1. ^ Fall Frights: THE DESCENT (Film Review)
  2. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (2005-07-04). "Brace yourself: the British horror film is about to rise from the grave". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 
  3. ^ a b c d Clarke, Donald (2005-07-09). "Subterranean sick blues". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). 
  4. ^ Listed in the film's credits.
  5. ^ Derek Elley in Variety
  6. ^ Mark Kermode in The Observer.
  7. ^ Millar, John (2005-07-03). "Millar's movie: Shauna loved working in dark". Sunday Mail (Trinity Mirror). 
  8. ^ Moore, Roger (2006-08-10). "Secrets unearthed: Spelunking with Neil Marshall". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). 
  9. ^ Morrison, Nick (2005-07-07). "Descent into hell". The Northern Echo (Newsquest). 
  10. ^ a b Jones, Alan. "The Darker Depths of The Descent 2". Fangoria (Starlog Group). http://www.fangoria.com/fearful_feature.php?id=6750. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  11. ^ Williams, David E (September 2006). "Creepy crawlers". American Cinematographer (American Society of Cinematographers) 87 (9): 18,20,22,24. 
  12. ^ Davis, Guy (2006-12-16). "Natalie's a gung-ho alpha female". Geelong Advertiser (News Corporation). 
  13. ^ Rodriguez, Rene (2006-08-04). "Down deep, it's a real fright". The Miami Herald (The McClatchy Company). 
  14. ^ Tseng, Douglas (2005-12-07). "Hold on tight, The Descent is deep". The Straits Times (Singapore Press Holdings). 
  15. ^ Germain, David (2006-08-04). "'Descent' takes viewers into the depths of horror". The Press of Atlantic City (Associated Press). 
  16. ^ Neil Marshall (writer/director). (2005). The Descent. [DVD]. Pathé. 
  17. ^ Solomons, Jason (2005-07-17). "Review: Trailer Trash". The Observer (Guardian Media Group). 
  18. ^ Butane, Johnny (2006-07-30). "Marshall, Neil (The Descent)". Dread Central. http://www.dreadcentral.com/node/24729. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  19. ^ a b Dawtrey, Adam (2005-10-16). "London Eye". Variety (Reed Business Information). 
  20. ^ Cox, Roger; Andrew Eaton (2005-07-02). "Going out". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). 
  21. ^ "The Descent". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/descent/. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  22. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes FAQ: What is Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/pages/faq#creamofthecrop. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
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  24. ^ "The Descent: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/descent. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  25. ^ Emerson, Jim (2006-08-04). "The Descent". Chicago Sun-Times (Sun-Times Media Group). http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060803/REVIEWS/60724004. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  26. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2006-08-04). "Six Women, a Cave and Some Monsters". The New York Times. 
  27. ^ Rodriguez, Rene (2006-08-04). "Down deep, it's a real fright". The Miami Herald. 
  28. ^ "Metacritic 2008 Film Critic Top Ten Lists 2006". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2006/toptens.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  29. ^ "00's Retrospect: Bloody Disgusting's Top 20 Films of the Decade...Part 4". Bloody Disgusting. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/18447. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  30. ^ Toppman, Lawrence (2006-08-04). "A gripping 'Descent' into depths of horror". The Charlotte Observer (The McClatchy Company). 
  31. ^ Wilmington, Michael (2006-08-04). "'Descent' chills deflated by absurd plot elements". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). 

External links


The Descent
Directed by Neil Marshall
Produced by Christian Colson
Written by Neil Marshall
Starring Shauna Macdonald
Natalie Mendoza
Alex Reid
Saskia Mulder
MyAnna Buring
Nora Jane Noone
Music by David Julyan
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editing by Jon Harris
Distributed by Pathé (Europe)
Lionsgate (North America)
Release date(s) United Kingdom
6 July, 2005
(Dead by Dawn Horror Film Festival)
(premiere)

8 July, 2005
(wide)
3 May, 2008
(Frightfest)
United States
2 April, 2006
(Philadelphia International Film Festival)
10 June, 2006
(Waterfront Film Festival)
4 August, 2006
Running time 99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £3,500,000[1]
Gross revenue £2,701,595[2]
Followed by The Descent Part 2
The Descent is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film follows six women who become trapped in an unmapped cave system in the Appalachian Mountains of North America, where they are hunted by carnivorous humanoid creatures who have evolved and adapted to life underground. Filming took place in the United Kingdom; exterior scenes were filmed at Ashridge Park, in Buckinghamshire, and interior scenes were filmed in sets built at Pinewood Studios near London. The cave featured in the film was built at Pinewood because filmmakers considered it too dangerous and time-consuming to shoot in an actual cave. The Descent commercially opened in the United Kingdom on 8 July 2005 in the United States on 4 August 2006 and the film was premiered in Sundance Film Festival 2006.

Contents

Plot

Juno (Natalie Mendoza), Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) and Beth (Alex Reid) are whitewater rafting in Scotland. Sarah's husband Paul (Oliver Milburn) and their daughter Jessica (Molly Kayll) wave and cheer from the bank. On the drive back to their hotel, Paul is distracted, causing a head-on collision. Paul and Jessica are killed instantly, but Sarah survives.

One year later, Juno, Sarah, Beth, Sam (MyAnna Buring) and Rebecca (Saskia Mulder) are reunited at a rustic cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. Holly (Nora-Jane Noone), Juno's new friend, is introduced. As they reminisce over an old photo of Juno, Sarah, and Beth, Sarah says "Love each day", explaining that it was a saying of her late husband's. The next morning the group goes caving. When the group breaks for lunch in a huge gallery, Juno tearfully apologizes to Sarah for not being around for her after the accident, but Sarah is distant. As the group moves through the next passage it collapses behind them, with Sarah barely making it through. After a heated discussion, Juno admits she has led them into an unknown cave system, instead of the fully explored cave system they had originally planned for. The only people who were told about their expedition think they are at the other cave system, making rescue impossible. They are trapped with no way out. Privately, Juno tells Sarah that she led them into the unknown cave hoping to restore their relationship, but Sarah rebuffs her. The group discovers both a cave painting and climbing equipment from a previous visitor, suggesting a second exit exists. Juno keeps the latter secret, allowing for the group to remain hopeful.

Holly falls down a hole and breaks her leg. Sam sets Holly's fracture with a splint and they carry her along. As the others help Holly, Sarah wanders off and observes a pale, humanoid creature drinking at a pool. It scampers off into the darkness when Sarah gasps. The others think Sarah imagined it, but Sarah insists that she saw someone. Soon after, they are attacked by one of the creatures, referred to as "crawlers". The group scatter, and the crawler rips Holly's throat. Sarah trips and falls and passes out. Seeing Holly is still alive, Juno tries to defend her from the crawlers, but in the confusion, she whirls around, only to stab Beth through the neck with her pickaxe. Beth grabs Juno's pendant as she drops to the ground, but Juno stumbles away in shock as Beth reaches out to her. Juno eventually locates Sam and Rebecca and rescues them from a crawler. Juno tells them she may have found a way out, but will not leave without Sarah. The others reluctantly agree to help her search. Meanwhile, Sarah awakens and encounters the mortally wounded Beth, who tells Sarah that Juno wounded her and left her. Sarah does not believe her until Beth gives her Juno's pendant, which is inscribed with the words "love each day". Beth reveals that Sarah's husband was having an affair with Juno. Beth, in extreme pain, asks Sarah to euthanize her, and Sarah reluctantly complies. Sarah soon encounters and kills a young crawler, a female crawler, and a male crawler in quick succession. Elsewhere, Juno, Sam and Rebecca are pursued by a large group of crawlers. Crawlers kill Sam and Rebecca, and Juno leaps into a chasm to escape.

Juno climbs out of the chasm and is helped onto a ledge by Sarah, who asks her if she saw Beth die. Juno nods. The two cautiously explore the caves until they encounter a group of crawlers and defeat them. Sarah then faces Juno, and reveals that she has Juno's pendant, revealing that she knows that she wounded Beth. Sarah cripples Juno with a pickaxe. Juno pulls the pickaxe from her leg and turns to face a large group of crawlers while Sarah leaves her behind. She hears Juno's screams, which abruptly fall silent. Sarah falls down a hole and is knocked unconscious. She awakens, scrambles up a huge pile of bones towards daylight, squeezes through a narrow opening onto the surface, runs to her vehicle and speeds off. She pulls over to vomit and sees Juno sitting next to her, her face streaked with blood. Sarah screams and awakens to find herself still in the cavern. She "sees" her long-dead, smiling daughter close by and a birthday cake between them. The field of view widens to reveal that Sarah is hallucinating and she is actually staring at a torch. As the camera pans away, it becomes evident that Sarah is farther underground than what is possible for escape and the calls of the crawlers grow louder, but Sarah is oblivious.[3]

Production

When Neil Marshall's 2002 film Dog Soldiers was a moderate success, the director received numerous requests to direct other horror films. The director was initially wary of being typecast as a horror film director, though he eventually agreed to make The Descent, emphasizing, "They are very different films."[4] Marshall decided to cast only women in the main roles, going against the original plan for a gender diverse cast.

Casting

Filmmakers originally planned for the cast to be both male and female, but Neil Marshall's business partner realized that horror films almost never have all-female casts. Defying convention, Marshall cast all women into the role, and to avoid making them clichéd, he solicited basic advice from his female friends. He explained the difference, "The women discuss how they feel about the situation, which the soldiers in Dog Soldiers would never have done." He also gave the characters different accents to enable the audience to tell the difference between the women and to establish a more "cosmopolitan feel" than the British marketing of Dog Soldiers.[5]

The cast included Shauna Macdonald as Sarah, Natalie Mendoza as Juno, Alex Reid as Beth, Saskia Mulder as Rebecca, MyAnna Buring as Sam, Nora-Jane Noone as Holly, Oliver Milburn as Paul, and Molly Kayll as Jessica. Craig Conway portrayed one of the film's crawlers, Scar.[6]

Filming

While The Descent was set in North America, the film was shot entirely in the United Kingdom. Exterior scenes were filmed in Scotland, and interior scenes were filmed in sets built at Pinewood Studios near London. The cave was built at Pinewood because filmmakers considered it too dangerous and time-consuming to shoot in an actual cave. Set pieces were reused with care, and filmmakers sought to limit lighting to the sources that the characters bring with them into the cave, such as the helmet lights.[5]

Marshall cited the films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Thing, and Deliverance as influences in establishing tension in The Descent. The director elaborated, "We really wanted to ramp up the tension slowly, unlike all the American horror films you see now. They take it up to 11 in the first few minutes and then simply can't keep it up. We wanted to show all these terrible things in the cave: dark, drowning, claustrophobia. Then, when it couldn't get any worse, make it worse."[5]

Simon Bowles designed the maze of caves for The Descent. Reviews credited Bowles: "cave sets by production designer Simon Bowles look just like the real thing" and "Bowles’ beautifully designed cave sets conjure a world of subterranean darkness."[7][8]

Production of The Descent was in competition with an American film of a similar premise, The Cave. The Descent was originally scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom by November 2005 or February 2006, but The Cave began filming six months before its competitor. Filmmakers of The Descent decided to release the film before The Cave, so they fast-tracked production to be completed by the end of February 2005.[5]

Editing

The Descent was released in North America with approximately a minute cut from the end. In the American cut, Sarah escapes from the cave and sees Juno, but the film does not cut back to the cave.

In the 4 August 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly, it was stated that the ending was trimmed because American viewers did not like its "uber-hopeless finale". Lionsgate marketing chief Tim Palen said, "It's a visceral ride, and by the time you get to the ending you're drained. [Director Neil] Marshall had a number of endings in mind when he shot the film, so he was open [to making a switch]." Marshall compared the change to the ending of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, saying, "Just because she gets away, does that make it a happy ending?"

The North American Unrated DVD includes the original ending. Recently, the film has been airing on Canada's The Movie Network, which has the original ending. In contrast the American Syfy Channel as recently as August 27, 2010 broadcast the recut version of Sarah escaping, with Juno's spectre appearing beside her in the SUV.

Creature design

Crawler
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Crawlers, as portrayed in The Descent (left) and The Descent 2 (right)
Classification Cave dwelling hominid
First appearance The Descent
Last appearance The Descent Part 2
Created by Neil Marshall (producer)
Paul Hyett (designer)

In the film, the women encounter underground creatures referred to as crawlers by the production crew. Marshall described the crawlers as cavemen who have stayed underground. The director explained, "They've evolved in this environment over thousands of years. They've adapted perfectly to thrive in the cave. They've lost their eyesight, they have acute hearing and smell and function perfectly in the pitch black. They're expert climbers, so they can go up any rock face and that is their world." Filmmakers kept the crawler design hidden from the actresses until they were revealed in the scenes in which the characters encountered the creatures, to allow for natural tension.[9]

Conception

Director Neil Marshall first chose to have a dark cave as the setting for his horror film The Descent then decided to add the element of the crawlers, describing them as "something that could get the women, something human, but not quite".[10] The crawlers were depicted as cavemen who never left the caves and evolved in the dark. The director included mothers and children in the colony of creatures, defining his vision, "It is a colony and I thought that was far more believable than making them the classic monsters. If they had been all male, it would have made no sense, so I wanted to create a more realistic context for them. I wanted to have this very feral, very primal species living underground, but I wanted to make them human. I didn't want to make them aliens because humans are the scariest things."[11]

The crawlers were designed by Paul Hyett, a makeup and prosthetics creator.[12] Production designer Simon Bowles said that the crawler design had started out as "wide-eyed and more creature-like", but the design shifted toward a more human appearance. Crawlers originally had pure white skin, but the look was adjusted to seem grubbier. The skin was originally phosphorescent in appearance, but the effect was too bright and reflective in the darkened set, so the adjustment was made for them to blend in shadows.[13] The director barred the film's all-female cast from seeing the actors in full crawler make-up until their first appearance on screen. Actress Natalie Mendoza said of the effect, "When the moment came, I nearly wet my pants! I was running around afterwards, laughing in this hysterical way and trying to hide the fact that I was pretty freaked out. Even after that scene, we never really felt comfortable with them."[14]

The crawlers reappear in The Descent Part 2, a sequel by Jon Harris with the first film's director Neil Marshall as executive producer. For the sequel, Hyett improved the camouflaging ability of the crawlers' skin tones to deliver better scares. According to Hyett, "Jon wanted them more viciously feral, inbred, scarred and deformed, with rows of sharklike teeth for ripping flesh." A charnel house was designed for the crawlers as well as a set that the crew called the "Crawler Crapper".[12]

Description

Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald described the crawlers as "blind, snarling cave-dwellers, looking much like Gollum's bigger kin".[15] Douglas Tseng of The Straits Times also noted that the crawlers looked similar to Gollum, being a cross between the creature and the vampiric Reapers from Blade II.[16] David Germain of the Associated Press noted of the crawlers, "[They] have evolved to suit their environment—eyes blind because of the darkness in which they dwell, skin slimy and gray, ears batlike to channel their super-hearing."[17] The crawlers are sexually dimorphic, with males being completely bald, whilst females sport thick dark hair on their heads. They are nocturnal hunters which surface from their caves to hunt for prey and bring the spoils of their hunts to their caverns.[18]

Marketing

The skull of women motif used in some advertising material is based on Philippe Halsman's In Voluptas Mors photograph.

The film's marketing campaign in the United Kingdom was disrupted by the London bombings in July 2005. Advertisements on London's public transport system (including the bus that had exploded) had included posters that carried the quote, "Outright terror... bold and brilliant," and depicted a terrified woman screaming in a tunnel. The film's theatrical distributor in the UK, Pathé, recalled the posters from their placement in the London Underground and reworked the campaign to exclude the word "terror" from advertised reviews of The Descent. Pathé also distributed the new versions to TV and radio stations. The distributor's marketing chief, Anna Butler, said of the new approach, "We changed tack to concentrate on the women involved all standing together and fighting back. That seemed to chime with the prevailing mood of defiance that set in the weekend after the bombs."[19]

An example of the poster can be seen here. Neil Marshall stated in a review "Shauna was pretty upset about it; it was on newspapers all across the county" and cites the attacks as harming the film's box office, as "people were still trapped underground in reality, so no one really wanted to go see a film about people trapped underground..."[20]

Many commentators, including writers for Variety and The Times, remarked on the rather unfortunate coincidence.

Due to these events there was some initial concern that the film's release might have been delayed out of sensitivity for the tragedy but Pathé ultimately chose to release the film on schedule with a slightly retooled advertising campaign; However, the US promotional campaign managed by Lionsgate Films was significantly different from the original European version.

Reception

...When it was released in July [2005], this claustrophobic story of six women who stumble across something nasty on a caving trip got arguably the best reviews of any Brit pic this year.

Variety columnist Adam Dawtrey[21]

The Descent premiered at the Scottish horror film festival Dead by Dawn on 6 July 2005.[22] The film commercially opened on 329 screens in the UK and received limited releases in other European countries, eventually earning more than £6 million in box office receipts.[citation needed] The London bombings in the same month was reported to have affected the box office performance of The Descent.[21]

Based on 164 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, The Descent received an 84% overall approval rating;[23] 7 critics in Rotten Tomatoes' "Cream of the Crop", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio program,[24] receiving a 73% approval rating.[25] By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 71 out of 100 from the 30 reviews it collected.[26] On its debut weekend in the US, The Descent opened with a three-day gross of $8.8 million, and finished with $26,005,908. Total worldwide box office receipts are $57,051,053.[27]

Roger Ebert's editor, Jim Emerson, reviewed the film for Ebert's column whilst Ebert was on leave due to surgery, giving it four out of four stars. He wrote, "This is the fresh, exciting summer movie I've been wanting for months. Or for years, it seems."[28]

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times described The Descent as "one of the better horror entertainments of the last few years", calling it "indisputably and pleasurably nerve-jangling". Dargis applauded the claustrophobic atmosphere of the film, though she perceived sexual overtones in the all-female cast with their labored breathing and sweaty clothing.[29] Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald thought that the film devolved into a guessing game of who would survive, though he praised Marshall's "nightmare imagery" for generating scares that work better than other horror films. Rodriguez also noted the attempt to add dimension to the female characters but felt that the actresses were unable to perform.[30]

Top-ten lists, 2006:[31]

Bloody Disgusting ranked the film third in their list of the 'Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade', with the article saying "One of the scariest films of this or any decade... Ultimately, The Descent is the purest kind of horror film – ruthless, unforgiving, showing no mercy."[32]

Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer thought a weakness of The Descent was the failure of the writer to explain the evolution of the creature, though he said, "Their clicking and howling, used for echolocation and communication, makes them more alien; this otherness gives humans permission to mutilate them without seeming too disgusting to be sympathetic."[33] Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune thought that the crawlers should have been left out of the film, believing, "Watching those gray, slithering beings chasing and biting the women makes it hard to maintain any suspension of disbelief."[34]

Sequel

A sequel to The Descent was filmed at Ealing Studios in London during 2008 and was released on 2 December, 2009 in the UK.

References

  1. ^ http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/interview/232
  2. ^ http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/article/16415/UK-Box-Office-2005
  3. ^ Fall Frights: THE DESCENT (Film Review)
  4. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (2005-07-04). "Brace yourself: the British horror film is about to rise from the grave". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 
  5. ^ a b c d Clarke, Donald (2005-07-09). "Subterranean sick blues". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). 
  6. ^ Listed in the film's credits.
  7. ^ Derek Elley in Variety
  8. ^ Mark Kermode in The Observer.
  9. ^ Millar, John (2005-07-03). "Millar's movie: Shauna loved working in dark". Sunday Mail (Trinity Mirror). 
  10. ^ Moore, Roger (2006-08-10). "Secrets unearthed: Spelunking with Neil Marshall". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). 
  11. ^ Morrison, Nick (2005-07-07). "Descent into hell". The Northern Echo (Newsquest). 
  12. ^ a b Jones, Alan. "The Darker Depths of The Descent 2". Fangoria (Starlog Group). Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20080622135651/http://www.fangoria.com/fearful_feature.php?id=6750. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  13. ^ Williams, David E (September 2006). [Expression error: Unexpected < operator "Creepy crawlers"]. American Cinematographer (American Society of Cinematographers) 87 (9): 18,20,22,24. 
  14. ^ Davis, Guy (2006-12-16). "Natalie's a gung-ho alpha female". Geelong Advertiser (News Corporation). 
  15. ^ Rodriguez, Rene (2006-08-04). "Down deep, it's a real fright". The Miami Herald (The McClatchy Company). 
  16. ^ Tseng, Douglas (2005-12-07). "Hold on tight, The Descent is deep". The Straits Times (Singapore Press Holdings). 
  17. ^ Germain, David (2006-08-04). "'Descent' takes viewers into the depths of horror". The Press of Atlantic City (Associated Press). 
  18. ^ Neil Marshall (writer/director). (2005). The Descent. [DVD]. Pathé. 
  19. ^ Solomons, Jason (2005-07-17). "Review: Trailer Trash". The Observer (Guardian Media Group). 
  20. ^ Butane, Johnny (2006-07-30). "Marshall, Neil (The Descent)". Dread Central. http://www.dreadcentral.com/node/24729. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  21. ^ a b Dawtrey, Adam (2005-10-16). "London Eye". Variety (Reed Business Information). 
  22. ^ Cox, Roger; Andrew Eaton (2005-07-02). "Going out". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). 
  23. ^ "The Descent". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/descent/. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  24. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes FAQ: What is Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/pages/faq#creamofthecrop. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  25. ^ "The Descent: Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/descent/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  26. ^ "The Descent: Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/descent. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  27. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=descent.htm
  28. ^ Emerson, Jim (2006-08-04). "The Descent". Chicago Sun-Times (Sun-Times Media Group). http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060803/REVIEWS/60724004. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  29. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2006-08-04). "Six Women, a Cave and Some Monsters". The New York Times. 
  30. ^ Rodriguez, Rene (2006-08-04). "Down deep, it's a real fright". The Miami Herald. 
  31. ^ "Metacritic 2008 Film Critic Top Ten Lists 2006". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2006/toptens.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-20. [dead link]
  32. ^ "00's Retrospect: Bloody Disgusting's Top 20 Films of the Decade...Part 4". Bloody Disgusting. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/18447. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  33. ^ Toppman, Lawrence (2006-08-04). "A gripping 'Descent' into depths of horror". The Charlotte Observer (The McClatchy Company). 
  34. ^ Wilmington, Michael (2006-08-04). "'Descent' chills deflated by absurd plot elements". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). 

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Citable sentences

Up to date as of December 17, 2010

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