If you look at the light in the top left corner the right way, you can see a Crawler's face.The Descent
is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, director of Dog Soldiers
. The film follows a group of six women who embark on a caving expedition and become trapped underground after a cave-in. Things go from bad to worse when they discover that the cave is home to predatory, pale humanoid creatures
(known as "Crawlers"). As the Crawlers hunt them down, the women embark on a struggle to survive and escape the cave - but that's not their only problem, as the friends' trust in each other slowly begins to deteriorate in the tense, claustrophobic environment. A sequel, The Descent Part 2
, was released in December 2009.
Has nothing to do with the video game series Descent
. Nor the novel The Descent
by Jeff Long, although there are certainly similarities.Was released almost simultaneously with two nigh-identical films
; The Cave
and The Cavern
The original film provides examples of:
The sequel provides examples of:
- Action Survivor: When Sarah sees Dan and Rios being stalked unawares by a Crawler, she doesn't attack the Crawler or try to shout out a warning. Rather, she tackles Rios and keeps her from making a sound while the Crawler attacks and kills Dan, then stealthily grabs Greg's supplies off of his body while the Crawler drags his corpse away.
- Asshole Victim: Sheriff Vaines
- Badass Grandpa: Sheriff Vaines gets a jump scare with a Crawler leaping out screaming. His reaction? Punch it in the face and knock it down.
- Call Back: Rios' escape is nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the first movie's ending.
- Chained Heat: Vaines chains himself to Sarah partway through the movie to keep her from running away.
- Covers Always Lie: Not so much the cover, but the blurb, which promises "a new tribe of crawlers, inbred, deformed and even more viciously feral". Nope, same old Crawlers as the first movie.
- Cruel Twist Ending: See Shocking Swerve.
- Downer Ending: Kill 'em All, much like the original.
- Final Girl: Elen
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sarah, she starts screaming to protect Elen from crawlers and gets eaten by them
- Hollywood Darkness: The sequel forgoes pitch-blackness for silhouette shots in most cases
- Never Found the Body: Exploited to
not explain Juno's survival after the events of the first movie.
- Not Quite Dead: Much like Beth in the first movie, Greg proves to be not quite dead when he grabs Juno on their way out.
- Redemption Equals Death: Sarah and Juno have learned from each other that the easiest way to survive is to make sure that the others die. By the end of the film, they've both executed self-sacrifices to allow others to live.
- Revised Ending: Based on the Director's Commentary and an early script review, the ending may have originally lacked its current Shocking Swerve. If so, it was definitely a failed Author's Saving Throw.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Greg tackles one of the Crawlers into a chasm to give Cath a chance to get to the other side whereupon she's killed by a Crawler on the other side. Admittedly, he was probably dying at the time due to having had the side of his neck torn out.
- This Is a Drill: Greg uses a power drill in his kit to kill one of the crawlers by drilling into its head.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once she recovers her memory, Sarah regains all of her levels in Badass. Juno isn't far behind.
- Vasquez Always Dies: Juno and Sarah.
- Wild Child: Juno initially seems to have reverted to this in her survival. She gets better.