The Cavern (film)
|Directed by||Olatunde Osunsanmi|
|Produced by||Terry Lee Robbins
Ioana A. Miller
Gerald A. Vitatoe
|Written by||Olatunde Osunsanmi
Terry Lee Robbins
|Story by||Olatunde Osunsanmi|
|Music by||Bryan Galvez
|Editing by||Olatunde Osunsanm|
|Distributed by||Spotlight Pictures|
|Release dates||October 30, 2005|
|Running time||65 min.|
The Cavern (originally released as WIthIN) is a 2005 horror film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. The film's original title was changed by the studio to cash in on the success of 2005 films The Cave and The Descent.
The film is set in the Kyzyl Kum Desert, Kazakhstan. The opening scenes of the movie sets up the various alliances and tensions between a group of cavers. Five of them - Bailey (Sybil Temtchine), Gannon (Mustafa Shakir), Domingo (Andres Saenz-Hudson), Miranda (Ogy Durham), and Ori (Andrew Caple-Shaw) - are part of a team who have caved together for a number of years, making their living from exploring and photographing new caves and reporting back to the world what they find there. Also involved in this trip are two Kazakh natives, Vlad (Kamen Gabirel) and Slava (Neno Pervan), who the band have hired as guides, and Ambrose (Danny A. Jacobs), who is researching for a book on caving.
It can also be said that there is a ghost with the group - that of Rachel (Cassandra Duarden), a member of the team who died on an expedition in Peru two years prior, and whose story is told in flashback as the movie goes on. The men are killed one by one by a mysterious creature, and just as the two women find the escape route, they are captured. They awaken in the beast's lair naked and wrapped in animal skin blankets where they find photos, belongings and an airplane wing in the surrounding area. After searching further, the two find water, then food, and, while eating, discover that the meat is one of their dead friends. The beast enters, and we discover he was the only survivor of a plane crash, a Russian boy called Peter. He proceeds to brutally kill one and rape the other.
The film was almost universally panned by critics, earning only a 3.2 rating on IMDB. Common criticisms were given to the film's poor lighting which made it hard to see, the limited character development, and the film's ending which ended in the middle of a rape scene without showing the fate of the last remaining character. It is considered as Osunsanmi's worst film.
Similarities to other caving films
The Cave and The Descent, both released theatrically in 2005, and The Cavern on DVD in 2006. All three films involve caving and terrifying subterranean life that hunts down the principal characters. The Descent was held as the best of the three according to ticket sales and critical reviews.
- Sybil Temtchine as Bailey
- Mustafa Shakir as Gannon
- Ogy Durham as Miranda
- Andrew Caple-Shaw as Ori
- Danny A. Jacobs as Ambrose
- Andres Saenz-Hudson as Domingo
- Johnnie Colter as Human
- Neno Pervan as Slava
- Kamen Gabriel as Vlad
- Cassandra Duarden as Rachel
- True Tamplin as Young Petr