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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 are trained in exploring underwater caves, led by brothers Jack (Cole Hauser) and Tyler (Eddie Cibrian). Armed with new high-tech SCUBA gear that allows them to stay under water for a full 24 hours, Jack, Tyler, and the rest of their crew dive in to investigate the caves, but a mishap traps them in a cavern beneath the surface, and they soon discover they are not alone, as strange and bloodthirsty creatures make their presence known. The Cave also stars Morris Chestnut, Rick Ravanello, Piper Perabo, and Lena Headey.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
Screen Gems - Official Site


Morris Chestnut
as Top Buchanan
Marcel Iures
as Dr. Nicolai
Lena Headey
as Kathryn
Piper Perabo
as Charlie
Brian Steele
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


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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I quite like this movie ive seen it a few times now and although its certainly not the scariest nor the most fantastic storyline it certaily doesnt promise anything that it cant deliver!
Its entertaining enough and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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