The Descent

Face your deepest fear
Face your deepest fear

D: Neil Marshall
Pathé (Christian Colson)
UK 🇬🇧 2005
99 mins


W: Neil Marshall
DP: Sam McCurdy
Ed: Jon Harris
Mus: David Julyan
PD: Simon Bowles

Shauna MacDonald (Sarah Carter), Natalie Mendoza (Juno Caplan), Alex Reid (Beth O'Brien), Saskia Mulder (Rebecca Vernet), Myanna Buring (Sam Vernet), Nora-Jane Noone (Holly)

When a potholing expedition goes wrong, a group of women find themselves trapped in unchartered caves with no means of escape and an inadequacy of survival gear. Their psychological and personal welfare is put to further test when they discover they are not alone and are being hunted by blind, vampire-like predators.
Unlike many modern horror films this maintains tension throughout, locking in the claustrophobia early on before pouring on the scares in abundance.
The acting isn't spectacular, but it is made up for with the atmospheric cinematography and production design. 

Shauna MacDonald in The Descent
Shauna MacDonald in The Descent