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The Descent

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Played By: Shauna Macdonald

  • Ax-Crazy: Grows more and more unhinged as the film progresses.
  • Break the Cutie: Starting with the death of her husband and child, and then the death of Beth.
  • Final Girl: She's the last one alive, but the UK ending makes it clear she'll be dead soon.
  • Howl of Sorrow: She lets out a pretty magnificent one after killing Beth and fighting off numerous Crawlers.
  • Not So Different: Of the He Who Fights Monsters variety. Her Howl of Sorrow is designed to sound like a Crawler shriek, and she eventually even moves like a Crawler.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sarah was initially a rather meek, quiet woman still suffering from the trauma of her losing her family. Over the course of the film, she finds new ways to deal with that trauma by turning into a killing machine.



Played By: Natalie Mendoza

  • Accidental Murder: While fighting off Crawlers, she reacts without thinking and kills Beth. Subverted in that Beth doesn't die right away, and Sarah eventually has to Mercy Kill her.
  • Action Girl: See Badass below.
  • Badass: She very quickly starts kicking ass, taking out multiple Crawlers and even fighting one hand-to-hand.
  • It's All About Me: Juno's biggest flaw is how self-obsessed she is, viewing others only in relation to her.
  • Left for Dead: Her eventual fate; Sarah wounds her and abandons her to the Crawlers.
  • The Mistress: For Sarah's husband, Paul.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not overt, but it's there. Natalie Mendoza certainly shows how flexible she is, and all the dirt somehow seems to emphasize her beauty. There's also some slight cleavage on display.
  • Never My Fault: Refuses to accept responsibility for any of her major screw ups: her affair with Paul, lying to the group about what cave they were in, or her Accidental Murder of Beth.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She was The Mistress to Paul.



Played By: Alex Reid

  • Better to Die than Be Killed: After being mortally wounded and dragged to the Crawlers' feeding ground, Beth begs Sarah to kill her rather than let her keep suffering in the dark.
  • Big Sister Instinct: To Sarah, though they aren't actually sisters.
  • Only Sane Man: Beth is the most sensible, level-headed and rational of the group.
  • Team Mom: She's the one who reassures the group and makes sure they're doing everything safely.
  • The Smart Guy: It comes with being a teacher. Beth's the one to figure out there's another exit to the tunnel by studying cave paintings.
  • True Companions: With Sarah. Juno, Sarah's supposed best friend, abandoned her after the tragedy but Beth stood by Sarah and supported her the whole way through.



Played By: MyAnna Buring

  • Adorkable: Best examined when she puts on a pair of novelty glasses.
  • Kill the Cutie Is probably the nicest and sweetest member of the group.
  • The Medic: Of the group; she's training to become a doctor.
  • Taking You with Me: After having her throat torn out, she manages to stab the Crawler that did it. Subverted, as it survives.



Played By: Saskia Mulder



Played By: Nora-Jane Noone

  • Too Dumb to Live: Her recklessness and tendency to rush forward blindly costs Holly her leg, and ultimately her life.
  • Vasquez Always Dies Is the most tomboyish of the group. Though technically she just dies first.
  • Wild Child: Absolutely; she's a hardcore 'sports fuck' who does basejumping and the like.


The Crawlers

Played By: Craig Conway, Leslie Simpson, Mark Cronfield, Stephen Lamb, Catherine Dyson, Julie Ellis, Sophie Trott, Tristan Matthiae, Stuart Luis, Justin Hackney

  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Crawlers could technically be considered cannibals, as they are, according to Neil Marshall, evolved cavemen. There are several hints of this throughout the film.
  • Mama Bear: The first female Crawler seen in the film appears shortly after Sarah kills the Crawler's child. Upon learning that her child is dead (after a surprisingly sad moment of the Crawler desperately and pitifully nudging the body), she immediately goes berserk.
  • Morlocks: Cannabalistic subhumans living underground.

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