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The Descent: Part 2

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Dazed, bloodied and speechless with trauma, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where the events of THE DESCENT took place. Local sheriff Redmond Vaines forces her back underground to help the rescue team which is desperately searching for her five missing girlfriends. As the team moves deeper into the caves, Sarahs flashes of fractured memory intensify and she begins to realize the full horror of the would-be rescue mission. Only Sarah knows the terror which lurks in the shadows of the caves. But they are about to encounter a new tribe of crawlers inbred, deformed and even more viciously feral than those Sarah faced before.


As a follow-up to The Descent, Neil (Doomsday) Marshall's unsettling and underrated subterranean horror film, The Descent: Part 2 delivers part, if not all of what made the first film one of the standout genre pictures of the last few years. Shauna Macdonald returns as the sole survivor of an expedition that turned fatal after its team of all-female spelunkers encountered a race of monsters in a remote Appalachian cave; unable to prove her story, she's sent by the local authorities back into the cavern with a team of experts, with predictably bloody results. Unfortunately, blood is apparently the sole focus of director Jon Harris, who edited the original Descent (as well as Kick-Ass); what's missing are Marshall's strong characters, which made their demise all the more meaningful and harrowing, and his emphasis on suspense over special effects (Marshall is credited as executive producer on Descent 2). Those wishing to see more of the "crawlers," the blind, humanoid antagonists in both films, will get plenty of views here, but bringing them into the light, as it were, doesn't make them more frightening. Instead, viewers become more aware of their artifice, which also goes for their suspiciously papier-mâché-like environs. The widescreen DVD includes some interesting extras that illustrate the producers' intentions with the film; Harris, Macdonald, and two of the newer cast members provide a lively commentary, while a 25-minute making-of featurette gives glimpses of the film's production design. A battery of deleted scenes offer character nuances that might have benefited the film had they been left in, and a storyboard gallery is an improvement over the murky sets. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Jon Harris and actors Shauna MacDonald, Krysten Cummings and Anna Skellern
Deleted scenes
Storyboard gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael J. Reynolds, Shauna Macdonald, Jessika Williams, Douglas Hodge, Josh Dallas
  • Directors: Jon Harris
  • Writers: J Blakeson, James McCarthy, James Watkins, Neil Marshall
  • Producers: Cameron McCracken, Christian Colson, Diarmuid McKeown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037E8HNI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Descent: Part 2" on IMDb

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By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8, 2012
Format: DVD
An adventure following six women in a cave system in North Carolina, The Descent (2005), director Neil Marshall's follow up to Dog Soldiers, became kind of a big hit, and elevated Marshall's status in the horror genre. Dark, claustrophobic, atmospheric, and terrifying, The Descent (D1) tapped into humanity's primal fears, as the spelunkers encounter vicious carnivorous cave "crawlers".

The popularity and box office success of the Saturn award winner, provided the impetus to continue the saga, with Jon Harris who edited the first film, making his directorial debut. Neil Marshall who wrote the original screenplay is onboard as executive producer, but passed the writing responsibilities on to a team of three writers. What follows assumes some familiarity with D1, and will include some major spoilers, so proceed at your own peril.

The Descent Part 2 (2009) (D2) picks up shortly after where the first film concluded, with a bloody Sarah (Shauna McDonald) being found by a park ranger, and taken to a hospital with no memory of what has happened. Sheriff Vaines (Gavan O'Herlihy) suspects that Sarah may have killed her friends, and in a completely ridiculous move, forces her to join a group searching for survivors. Setting aside the moral and legal ramifications, a shell-shocked Sarah is present when Vaines, his deputy Elen Rios (Krysten Cummings), and three "expert" cave explorers, Dan (Douglas Hodge), Cath (Anna Skellern), and Greg (Joshua Dallas), take an elevator ride down an old mine shaft, and begin to search.

D2 does not try very hard to recapture the mood and atmosphere of the underground environment from the original film.
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The Descent didn't need a sequel. It was a pitch-perfect horror film, one of the best I've seen in the last decade or longer, that incorporated high amounts of tension, a desperate struggle, some amazing jump-out-of-your-skin scares, great characters that you actually cared about and just the right amount of gore. I loved that film. Its original UK ending was also such a great, sad and interesting way to close it out. But apparently, The Descent: Part 2 decides to forgo that horror classic ending and instead uses the American/"happy" ending. It's interesting to note that the sequel is "Part 2" as opposed to simply The Descent 2. It indicates that it is an extension of the first film, as opposed to a sequel. As such, to discuss Part 2, I'll have to talk about the first one. You've been warned.

The American ending of The Descent finds Sarah crazed and amnesiac with fear of her plight from the previous film, running to a rescue truck. During the time she and her team have been lost, the local sheriff has started a search party for Juno, who not only was left for dead by Sarah for her infidelity and a misunderstanding, but is also a senator's daughter. Sarah is taken to a hospital where said sheriff, Sheriff Vaines, decides that not only is Sarah a suspect in the missing spelunkers (for her shirt was covered in blood) but that she must go back underground to help locate them. Never mind the fact that this probably wouldn't happen in real life because 1) she's obviously hurt 2) mentally unstable and 3) uh...she has no memory, remember? Also forgetting the fact that it seems awfully coincidental that she happens to not remember that the cave system is swarming with cannibalistic creatures, we now have a reason for more bloodshed.
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"The Descent: Part 2" is aptly named. It is a descent from the original in terms of over all quality, & non-alignment of the story from the first movie.

Sarah in the original film (American version), escaped through a hole in the ground from a mountain side. In the sequel, they more or less threw that out, & pointed towards her escaping from a mining shaft. There were actions in the cave that Sarah said she did in the first movie that were not a part of the first film. Though to be fair, the camera was not on Sarah all the time in the first film. There were other tidbits here & there that did not jive with the first film too, minor, but never the less, not in tune with the first film. The cave dwellers also looked different from the first movie, while still convincing, they were a notch down from the original. I more or less credit this to lack of budget.

There is a lot of action in this sequel, many fight scenes, but they are no where as well choreographed & seemed in general much quicker, less intense in nature, though the gore level is higher, it adds nothing to the film. The acting, script, plot, & editing is no where close to the original either. Many of the characters just seemed to be cast in this movie for cave mutant bait, no real character development. Sherriff Vaines character was the typical stereotype of a dumb redneck cop. His character brought nothing to this film, other than stupidity.

I really wish I could say there were redeeming factors in this film that pushed it close to the level of the first film. The only scene I can think of is the last ten minutes in the cave when three characters are near the surface & trying to escape. This is the only scene that is on level with the original.
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