The Descent

Director: Neil Marshall
Screenwriters: Neil Marshall

Institute History

  • 2006 Sundance Film Festival


As a rule, every year, Sarah and her athletic gal pals take a trip into nature's wilds for an adventure. During a white-water rafting excursion, damaging sexual intrigue develops, and tragedy strikes Sarah and her family. In an attempt to heal old wounds, her friend Juno convinces Sarah and her sister, Kate, to leave Scotland and rejoin the group in the Appalachian Mountains for a cave expedition. After a night of revelry and reminiscing in their mountain cabin, the ladies hit the back roads for a set of unmapped caves discovered by Juno. With all faith placed in their fearless leader, the spelunkers dive into the beautiful depths of the damp caves and commence a journey destined to reveal the true nature of their friendships. What they discover in the cavernous depths will change their lives forever.

With an exquisite eye for detail, Neil Marshall has created a rare achievement—a visually splendid horror thriller that delivers a roller-coaster ride of tension and fear. Starring an exceedingly good-looking cast, led by Shauna Macdonald as Sarah and Natalie Mendoza as Juno, The Descent is filled with astonishing cinematography and takes us on a terrifying drop into uncharted territory, one that you may find yourself wanting to take more than once.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

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