The Descent (2005 franchise)

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"When you're trapped two miles underground there are many ways to lose your mind... Claustrophobia. Disorientation. Isolation. Paranoia. Terror." A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

  • The Descent (2005)
  • The Descent II (2009)


  • Release Date: 2005
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller, Adventure, Drama
  • Runtime: 1 hr 39 min
  • Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
  • Director: Neil Marshall
  • Writer: Neil Marshall
  • Producer/Production Co: Celador Films, Northmen Productions, Pathé
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

There is very little in this film that is explicitly "Lovecraftian", though the troglodytic race of degenerate cannibals would be right at home in any Lovecraft story.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

THE DESCENT - A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh. THE DESCENT II - An amnesiac spelunker joins a rescue team to explore underground caves where bloodthirsty creatures dwell.


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