Ask Cavers: What is the Best Caving Film?

November 14, 2012
The Cave is an American horror film from 2005 which received poor reviews.

The Cave is an American horror film from 2005 which received poor reviews.

While there have been a number of caving films that have come out over the years, most of the ones that hit mainstream movie theaters end up with a generally poor reputation in the caving world.

Sometimes it’s an implausible representation of caving that turns folks off, while other times it’s the ridiculous monsters inhabiting the caves.

This week, we want to hear which are the best caving films. Whether it is a documentary, action or horror movie, it doesn’t matter.

Let us know in the comments below.

Last Week’s Ask Caver Results

We received many excellent tips from cavers responding to last weeks question.

Some of the best tips we received include:

Cave with somebody fatter than you are, that way if they fit you know that you’ll have no problem! Wormster

know your limitations. You learn them only by trial and error, so push yourself hard when you have the protection of accompanying, experienced cavers to protect and mentor you. Once you know your limitations, then work to lessen them by pushing harder still. Don’t ever stop pushing your envelope! Buford Pruitt

If you feel you are about to lose your balance, do not reach out with your arms for something to grab onto. This will likely result in either a broken formation or a broken wrist. Instead, immediately bend your knees and crouch as low as you can. Bring your butt right down behind your heels. This lowers your center of gravity, making it easier to regain your balance. Also, if you do fall, you don’t have a far to fall from the crouch position. David

To read the rest check out the comments section on last weeks question.

Thanks for all responses!

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Comments (9)

  1. Brandon Crane
    November 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I really like Journey Into Amazing Caves. It inspired me to join a grotto and I have been caving since then. Great production, very interesting!

  2. November 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Werner Hertzhog’s Cave of forgotten dreams, by far, you can keep your Sanctum and Descent, they’re not where its at at all!

  3. November 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Thought “the cave” was awful. Quite liked “Sanctum”, but my favourite is “the Descent”. And I know monsters in a cave are a bit silly but there were more actual caving sequences in this film than the other two combined. Sanctum probably appeals more to cave divers. Liked “the descent 2” as well.

  4. Jonah Kidder
    November 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I’m reminded of this synopsis of The Cave by a member of W.U.S.S.

    Slavic dude: “Oh look! A cave under zis church!”
    28 other Slavic dudes: “Oh no! We have fallen in!”

    Millions of years later…

    Hot blonde: “Oh look! I am in my bathing suit!”
    Captain of the team: “Oh no! I am a monster!”

    The End.

  5. Paulo Campos
    November 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    the best one, is this portuguese movie:
    http://www.lpn-espeleo.org/index.php/galeria/videos/cabo-espichel

    then:
    BBC caves
    Sanctum (in 3D)
    Cave of forgotten dreams (no need for 3D)

  6. November 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

    As a fan of horror movies; The Cave and The descent 1 & 2
    As a fan of SFs; Sanctum
    As a caver; … is there any caving movie?!?!

    OK there is also Cave of forgotten dreams, but it is talking about painting. It is good, but it is not a caving. And there are also BBCs The Secret Life of Caves and Caves, but there are documentaries.

    I would suggest to put together, movies on YouTube, Vimeo … they are short, but some of them are really good.

    Cheers, Marko

  7. Heather
    November 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    “L’Abisso” -a previous NSS salon winner.
    I haven’t even seen the whole thing but the “vignette” that is available on the NSS site is tantalizing:
    http://www.caves.org/committee/salons/spelemedia_winners.htm
    (here’s a direct link to the film:

    at=0 )

    So cute, how can I not love those two old dudes sitting on the mountain telling their story?

    Closer to home, yay for Video Caver! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4AklfakesQ&feature=related

    Also really enjoyed the BBC Planet Earth episode on Caves, (especially the making-of), and the National Geographic feature on Lechuguilla. For Hollywood? Descent- it’s sublime in its utter ridiculousness!

  8. perce
    November 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Doesn’t anyone else remember ‘What a way to spend a Sunday’ a classic short film by Sid perou. Simply brilliant.

  9. Ken
    November 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Sanctum is my favorite cave movie but the begining of ” The Decent” when they are crawling through the breakdown always gets my belly tence like many crawls we all have done.

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