The Cave (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite its stylized and impressive sets, this horror-monster movie mish-mash suffers from endless cliches and wildly implausible plotlines.

Movie Info

Terror lurks deep beneath the surface of the Earth in this thriller. While on a dig in a Romanian forest, a group of scientists make a startling find -- they find a huge abbey, dating back to the 13th Century, which was built over the entrance to a massive network of subterranean caves. Eager to learn what lurks within the caves, the scientists discover to their peril that a large part of the cave system is under water. Undeterred, the remaining scientists hire a team of American spelunkers who … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense creature violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Steinberg, Tegan West
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 3, 2006
Box Office: $14.9M
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as Top Buchanan

as Dr. Nicolai

as Kathryn

as Charlie

as Creature performer
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Critic Reviews for The Cave

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (29)

The Cave is a decently crafted but unoriginal and uninspiring creature feature with a few moments of true entertainment that the rest of the film never matches up to.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

Replete with winged undersea cave monsters, unlikely mountain climbing heroics and a mutating microbe that turns its victims into creatures-in-waiting "The Cave" is a paint-by-numbers thriller lacking in pigment.

Full Review… | June 21, 2009

Bland, boring, conventional, cliché, and dumb...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

About what you'd expect from a low budget, B-movie destined to reside among the direct-to-video releases at Blockbuster and the Saturday night features on the Sci-Fi Channel.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

O roteiro é ridículo, mas o filme consegue criar algumas seqüências tensas. Ainda assim, empalidece frente ao ótimo (e similar) The Descent.

April 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

...a dull, thoroughly unpleasant horror flick...

Full Review… | January 15, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Cave

If you're into caving and diving, you might get a slight kick out of this. If you're not, then don't bother.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer


*Spoilers* The underwater photography is beautiful and I liked the idea. I really liked the monsters too, it was a nice idea to begin with but it soon got very silly indeed. The whole concept is ruined by the fact that there was a way out after all, thus making the parasitic monsters that evolved in total darkness and isolation impossible. What I hated most though was the colour by numbers characters, they were mostly unbelievable and could have been replaced with puppets. The last few minutes in the cave were stupid. In one scene, two groups go in different directions, one goes down a river in the opposite direction and the other climbs up half a mile of rock, then walks a further mile and then falls down an icy cliff, only to walk around a corner to greet the other team. Doh! Also, it quite clear the actors have breathing apparatus in their mouths while diving through the underwater caves but we are lead to believe they can communicate via a radio. Stupid. Treat your audience like idiots and your audience won't like it. Shame, as I think it had potential.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


An intrepid group of underground, underwater cave explorers try their hand in Romania (Dracula territory, a tip off), where they've found a new cave, under a mountain, under a church, and discover that they are in turn discovered by flesh eating monstrosities. Claustrophobic spaces, lots of uber-dark, and a music score from Psycho does not prevent science types from wandering off on their own (" hello, don't worry, I'm a doctor, highly trained, did you hear that noise, I'll go by myself to check it out w/this flashlight that don't work and no weapons even though I know something's out there killing us all off ...") one by one ... and the result is predictable movie horror cliches.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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