The Descent ★★½ 2005 (R)
Six adventure-junkie galpals go spelunking in Appalachia and find their vacation ruined by a pack of creepy humanoids who are none too happy to have guests in their cave. So much for the trip serving to distract poor Sarah (MacDonald) from her grief over the deaths of her family. Smart, nerve-jangling terror ensues as the friends battle personal demons and each other while fending off the slimy subterranean creatures. The effects aren't always very special, but horror fans will still dig both the gory splatter and the mental tension. Original ending shown in the film's U.K. version was slightly changed for its U.S. release. 99m/C DVD, Blu-ray Disc . GB Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Nora-Jane Noone, Saskia Mulder, Oliver Milburn, MyAn-na Buring, Molly Kayall; D: Neil Marshall; W: Neil Marshall; C: Sam McCurdy; M: David Julyan.