The Descent

Theatrical Release: August 4, 2006
The Descent


One year after a tragic accident, six girlfriends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual extreme outdoor adventure, in this case the exploration of a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes, and there’s no way out. The group splinters and each woman pushes on, praying for another exit. But there is something else lurking under the earth. As the friends realize they are now prey, they are forced to unleash their most primal instincts in an all-out war against an unspeakable horror –- one that attacks without warning, again and again and again.

Dove Review

I would have liked this movie if it had just been about six women spelunkers who get trapped in cave and have to find a way out; that would have been terrifying in and of itself. Unfortunately, the people who made “The Descent” had to throw in that extra little (ridiculous) tidbit of man-eating (or in this case, woman eating) creatures. This film is filled with imagery that is very scary, especially the blind, albino-looking creatures who stalk this group of six unfortunate, adventure-seeking women. There is quite a bit of gore in “The Descent,” although the fact that most of the mauling takes place in a cave made it a bit less frightening because it was so dark down there! However, this is still a very violent and gory movie, with most of the bloodshed occurring as the women stab, bash, slice and dice the creatures that are trying to eat them. For reasons which are probably pretty obvious by now, this movie is not approved by Dove.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: F-35; S-8; B-3; JC-2; J-1; OG/OMG-1
Violence: Man impaled by pole during car crash, woman has vivid dream of being impaled,woman breaks her leg and bone is sticking out, women attacked by creatures throughout, woman bitten by creature, woman eaten alive, woman bashed with rock, woman stabbed in throat, dead woman eaten by creatures, woman stabbed in leg, woman's throat torn open, creature's head bashed on rock, numerous creatures stabbed, creature's eyes gouged out.
Drugs: Women drink beer and two women smoke.
Nudity: None
Occult: None


Company: Lionsgate
Director: Neil Marshall
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 99 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid
Reviewer: Samantha Kubik