The Descent

2005 UR 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

The Descent

2005 UR 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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When six girlfriends get trapped during a spelunking excursion, all rationale escapes them as they start to suffer from limited oxygen and delusions. Now, the friends must find a way to escape the cave and the murky creatures that lie within it.
Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway, Shauna Macdonald
Neil Marshall
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
UR - UR -
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the violence in the movie is visceral and bloody. A car accident puts spikes through a character's head (visible from the rear) and kills a child (off-screen). Once inside the very small-spaced cave, the women argue and show fear (in alarming scenes conveying subjective states). The monsters are gruesome, both pasty and slimy, as well as vicious. Some characters lie to each other, but the reasons are more complicated than in most horror films.

Sexual Content

Mostly unspoken tension concerning a husband who cheats on his wife with her best friend.


Brutal, grisly violence inflicted on and by women cave-climbers: Images include dismembering, penetrations, crushed heads and chests.


Plenty of f-words, increasing as the women go deeper into the cave, as well as other obscenities.

Social Behavior

Some of the women courageously look out for each other; some are selfish, tricky, and fearful.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters smoke a couple of cigarettes and drink beers the night before the descent.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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