The director elaborated, "We really wanted to ramp up the tension slowly, unlike all the American horror films you see now. Those along for the ride include Becca (Saskia Mulder), Sam (MyAnna Buring), and Holly (Nora-Jane No one). Things go from bad to worse when they discover that the cave is home to predatory, humanoid creatures (known as "Crawlers"). Set pieces were reused with care, and filmmakers sought to limit lighting to the sources the characters bring with them into the cave, such as helmet lights.[4]. Even after that scene, we never really felt comfortable with them. Answer: This depends on which version you have watched, as the UK and US versions have different endings. The camera slowly backs out as the crawlers are heard closing in on Sarah, revealing that she dreamt of her escape and that she is still trapped in the cave. https://thedescent.fandom.com/wiki/Sam?oldid=3921. Actress Natalie Mendoza said of the effect, "When the moment came, I nearly wet my pants! The August 4, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly reported that the ending was trimmed because American viewers did not like its "uber-hopeless finale". Juno locates Sam and Rebecca, the former of which informs the group the crawlers are blind and rely on sound to hunt. The distributor's marketing chief, Anna Butler, said of the new approach, "We changed tack to concentrate on the women involved all standing together and fighting back. Biography [edit | edit source] Sam has finished training to be a doctor and is going to become one in a years time. Juno tells them about the markings she discovered, but she will not leave without Sarah. Craig Conway portrayed one of the film's crawlers, Scar. Shop The Descent [WS] [DVD] [2005] at Best Buy. Juno: Sam, stop poking it with a fucking stick. [11] The director barred the film's cast from seeing the actors in full crawler make-up until their first appearance on screen. Not only is it a terrific, character-driven, slow-burn creature feature, but it also celebrates my Save the Cat!® anniversary of the MITH of the Month. He explained the difference, "The women discuss how they feel about the situation, which the soldiers in Dog Soldiers would never have done." Afraid, Sarah runs and falls down a hole, where she is knocked unconscious. Sam is Rebecca's younger sister, who is very close to, and is training to be a doctor. She pulls over to the side of the road and breaks down in tears. Notes: Written for ohsam's Triple Play 2016. Descent is the 24th and final episode of NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 as well as the 96th episode of the entire NCIS: Los Angeles series. The Descent Lennelle. Sam A. Mowry is an American actor and voice-artist. [31], Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer thought a weakness of The Descent was the failure of the writer to explain the evolution of the creature, though he said, "Their clicking and howling, used for echolocation and communication, makes them more alien; this otherness gives humans permission to mutilate them without seeming too disgusting to be sympathetic. Male Crawler - Head crushed by Cath with a rock. She's also in a relationship with a guy named Big Butt. The Descent Part 2 (2009) Dan - Neck ripped open by a crawler. 'Look, you know I have done this before'. Rebecca - Disemboweled by a crawler. Sarah then encounters a group of crawlers and manages to kill them all, falling into a blood-filled pond in the process and emerging covered in blood. Juno encounters Sarah and lies to her about seeing Beth die. He tracks down tons of demons and any creature known to be able to resurrect the dead. Exterior scenes were filmed in Scotland, and interior scenes were filmed in sets built at Pinewood Studios, near London. A professional actor and director for the last 29 years, currently Sam is the Founder and Director of the Willamette Radio Workshop, an award winning Audio Theater company. Sarah awakens in the cave after her hallucination of her escape. Beth collapses with Juno's pendant in her hand and begs Juno not to leave her, but a traumatized Juno flees. I was running around afterwards, laughing in this hysterical way and trying to hide the fact that I was pretty freaked out. 'I'm only looking after you'. "[9], The crawlers were designed by Paul Hyett, a makeup and prosthetics creator. The next day, they hike up to a cave entrance and descend. They're expert climbers, so they can go up any rock face and that is their world." Price Match Guarantee. Filmmakers kept the crawler design hidden from the actresses until they were revealed in the scenes in which the characters encountered the creatures, to allow for natural tension. The film received limited releases in other European countries. He provides the voice for Alexander of Brennenburg.. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Sam moved across the country before settling in Portland, OR in 1979. The director included mothers and children in the colony of creatures, defining his vision, "It is a colony and I thought that was far more believable than making them the classic monsters. [16], The skull of women motif used in some advertising material is based on Philippe Halsman's In Voluptas Mors photograph.[17]. The Descent Part 2 is a 2009 British adventure horror film and sequel to the 2005 horror film The Descent. The Descent. [13] Douglas Tseng of The Straits Times also noted that the crawlers looked similar to Gollum, being a cross between the creature and the vampiric Reapers from Blade II. [4], The cast included Shauna Macdonald as Sarah, Natalie Mendoza as Juno, Alex Reid as Beth, Saskia Mulder as Rebecca, MyAnna Buring as Sam, Nora-Jane Noone as Holly, Oliver Milburn as Paul, and Molly Kayll as Jessica. They were later reunited with Sarah and Beth. I didn't want to make them aliens because humans are the scariest things. Full-size and behaving as it should be! Follow/Fav The Descent. 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After a truck passes her, she opens the window, leans out, and vomits. "[18] Neil Marshall stated in a review "Shauna was pretty upset about it; it was on newspapers all across the county" and cites the attacks as harming the film's box office, as "people were still trapped underground in reality, so no one really wanted to go see a film about people trapped underground...". When Neil Marshall's film Dog Soldiers (2002) was a moderate success, the director received numerous requests to direct other horror films. Later, the group comes across a den of animal bones and is suddenly attacked by a creature known as a "crawler." The Descent is a movie centered around this presumingly innocent … Hiking is a nature filled exploration. Sarah falls down a hole and is knocked unconscious. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. "[12], The crawlers reappear in The Descent Part 2, a sequel by Jon Harris with the first film's director Neil Marshall as executive producer. The director was initially wary of being typecast as a horror film director, although he eventually agreed to make The Descent, emphasizing, "They are very different films. As the group presses forward with hopes of finding an exit, they discover aged climbing equipment and a cave painting that suggests an exit exists. Due to these events there was some initial concern that the film's release might have been delayed out of sensitivity for the tragedy but Pathé ultimately chose to release the film on schedule, with a slightly retooled advertising campaign; however, the US promotional campaign managed by Lionsgate Films was significantly different from the original European version. The Descent is a piece a cinematic genius, slowly building up the tension using the dark, the monsters and the main characters journey through madness to create a masterpiece of modern horror. They take it up to 11 in the first few minutes and then simply can't keep it up. The Descent is a special film in many ways. Sam is Rebecca's younger sister, who is very close to, and is training to be a doctor. The bullets in Sam's chest from Bobby's gun don't bleed, the metal ridged between his ribs and make themselves at home. Crawlers originally had pure white skin, but the look was adjusted to seem grubbier. Marshall cited the films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Thing, and Deliverance as influences in establishing tension in The Descent. Juno is seen talking intimately with Paul by Beth. Marshall described the crawlers as cavemen who have stayed underground. By: Lennelle. The Descent is a 2005 British adventure horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. 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