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The Descent

Rated R for strong violence/gore and language.

R In Theaters 08/4/2006 , 99min.
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Plot & 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 Dog Soldiers writer/director Neil Marshall. After suffering a devastating car crash one year before, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is lured to the States with her friend Beth (Alex Reid) to a special spelunking trip by the fearless Juno (Natalie Mendoza), 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 The Cave in late-August of the same year.

Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film Silver Melies Won

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 London Film Critics Association Best British Producer Christian Colson Nominated
2005 London Film Critics Association Best British Film Nominated
2005 London Film Critics Association Best British Director Neil Marshall Nominated

Online Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Online Film Critics Association Breakthrough Filmmaker Neil Marshall Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Sundance Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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