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The Descent Details


A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows in The Descent, the second horror feature from [[Feature~V264119~Dog Soldiers~dogsoldiers]] writer/director [[Performer~P310790~Neil Marshall~neilmarshall]]. After suffering a devastating car crash one year before, Sarah ([[Performer~P266153~Shauna Macdonald~shaunamacdonald]]) is lured to the States with her friend Beth ([[Performer~P295908~Alex Reid~alexreid]]) to a special spelunking trip by the fearless Juno ([[Performer~P288513~Natalie Mendoza~nataliemendoza]]), who abruptly fled from the U.K. after Sarah's accident. Along with two old friends and a new acquaintance of Juno's, the group embark on a cave expedition that takes a turn for the worse after a rock fall leaves them stranded in an uncharted cave with no map and only a handful of supplies to last them the rest of the trip. As tensions arise in the group, they are faced with another danger -- one whose love of the dark is as strong as its lust for blood. Opening to rave reviews in the U.K. in July of 2005, the creature-feature went on to show at the Venice Film Festival and garnered the top prize for Euro feature at Sweden's Fantastic Film Festival. The Descent was picked up for future U.S. distribution by Lion's Gate, whose work was cut out for them considering the tame opening of the similarly-themed stateside production of [[Feature~V319401~The Cave~thecave]] in late-August of the same year. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

  • Release date:August 4, 2006


Awarded by
London Film Critics Association Neil Marshall Best British Director 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Neil Marshall Breakthrough Filmmaker 2006 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Christian Colson Best British Producer 2005 Nominee


Shauna MacDonald
as Sarah
Natalie Mendoza
as Juno
Saskia Mulder
as Rebecca
Nora-Jane Noone
as Holly
MyAnna Buring
as Sam
Oliver Milburn
as Paul
Molly Kayll
as Jessica
Stuart Luis
as Crawler
Tristan Matthiae
as Crawler
Craig Conway
as Scar
Julie Ellis
as Crawler
Justin Hackney
as Crawler
Leslie Simpson
as Crawler
Mark Cronfield
as Crawler
Sophie Trott
as Crawler


Neil Marshall
Christian Colson
Neil Marshall
Sam McCurdy
David Julyan
Composer (Music Score)
Jon Harris
Simon Bowles
Production Designer
Jason Knox-Johnston
Art Director
Paul Ritchie
Ivana MacKinnon
Associate Producer
Keith Bell
Associate Producer
Nancy Thompson
Costume Designer
Michael Maroussas
Sound/Sound Designer
Nigel Heath
Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Thermes
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Ravenscroft
First Assistant Director
Michaela Elliot-Vass
Phillip West
Camera Operator
Kim McGarrity
Michael Byrch
Maxine Whittaker
Daz Parker
William Davies
Gail Stevens
Amelia Troubridge
Still Photographer
Steve Orchard
Karen Walling
Set Medic/First Aid
Phil Humphries
Clapper Loader
Steve Griffin
Stunts Coordinator
Hannah Godwin
Production Coordinator
Jacqueline Fowler
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Johnny Rafique
Special Effects Supervisor
Charlie Waller
Second Assistant Director
Alexandra Montgomery
Post Production Coordinator
Neil Morille
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Rodrigo Gutierrez
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Stuart Sewell
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Hattie Harper
Personal Assistant
Jeanette Haley
Post Production Supervisor
Robert Milden
Stuart Bagshaw
Foley Recordist
Sarah E. Baker
Production Assistant
Clyde Lane
Craft Service/Catering
Harry Fain
Art Department Assistant
Jason Swanscott
Foley Artist
Kate Laver
Costumes Assistant
David Wheal
Casting Assistant
Helen Ingham
Costumes Supervisor
Jennifer Harty
Makeup Supervisor
Leigh Took
Visual Effects Supervisor
Nick Ingman
Ross Grainger
Generator Operator
Tanya Lodge
Yvette Dore
Unit Publicist
Gareth Williams
Howard Watkins
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jim Cornish
Storyboard Artist
Catriona Richardson
First Assistant Editor
Derek Yeaman
Location Manager
John Fewell
Foley Artist
Siobhan Boyes
Post Production Coordinator
Jim Dowdall
Stunts Coordinator
Michael Baldock
Unit Production Manager
Bill Ridealgh
Set Medic/First Aid
Cassie Mclean
Personal Assistant
Debbie Moore
Production Accountant