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Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her friends' blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions.
While Neil Marshall's The Descent was the very definition of horror in its purest form, The Descent: Part 2 continues the stupid tradition of poorly written sequels being shamelessly green-lighted by production studios who are desperate to cash in on the success of the original and therefore comes out as a lazy, uninspired & needless attempt that shouldn't even have existed in the first place.
Starting two days after the alternate ending present in US version of The Descent & dismissing the original ending as merely a dream, The Descent: Part 2 brings Sarah back into the nightmarish cave as cops simply refused to believe her story. Convinced that her missing companions might still be alive, the authorities force Sarah to accompany…
Watched a quarter of the movie, thought all the way through "Wow this is ridiculous, all they are doing is re-hashing the exact same plot from number one!" Got to the 35 minute mark and realised I was just watching The Descent Part 1 again.
I am a fucking idiot.
A sturdy sequel to a film that does not necessarily cry out for one, Jon Harris's "The Descent: Part 2" offers the thrills of its predecessor without the subtext that made "The Descent" work so well. The sequel provides robust jolts and gore, overall making for a satisfying horror-adventure; but it is, however, a horror film without much of a satisfying center.
Beginning where "The Descent" left off, "The Descent: Part 2" follows the first film's survivor back into the caves that took the lives of five of her friends. Hauled into the cave system as a suspect in those friends' deaths, she looks on as the creatures lurking in the darkness begin to terrorize once again. The narrative unfolds…
Time for a new list entitled 'Horror Films Where A Local Old Bloke Says His Grandaddy Never Came Back'.
This is going to be one of those reviews where I'm mostly going to talk about things that were wrong with the film but ends with me saying, "Despite all that...." so I'm warning you in advance so you're not left wondering, "Well why the fuck's he given it 3 stars?!"
Actually, I would have given it more than 3 stars if it wasn't for the last 15 minutes, which even by the standards of this film, which was already pretty stupid, are unbelievably stupid. But there are some really good bits here that I thought were well worth seeing. It…
I am pleasantly surprised to know that this sequel to The Descent wasn't complete crap. This was really a decent watch, a bit silly, but entertaining and decent. The film takes place a few days after the first one and Sarah is forced by the police to join a search for her friends who are still missing in the caves. Their approach to the cavesystem is different, but the tension of being in such tight and narrow places with a claustrophobic feel was still present and effective. I could've done with a bit less of the monster action, and some late story twists, but overall this was fine. I liked the way it looked, the kill scenes and gore was ample and it had some humor as well. I'm tempted to watch the third film now as well.
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Wow. WOW. I love how Sarah is put into terrible situations TWICE right after these major accidents happen to her. All those damn flashbacks ughhh. Bad, bad, bad, unnecessary and bad. Completely ruins the ending of the first one which I love. Sheriff Vaines is a piece of shit and can fuck off, as well as all of the other characters, didn't care for any of them, they all got what they deserved. The color of the blood bothered me so much. It's great that this one is more gory yet has the shittiest of effects. I must say the feeling of claustrophobia is still present in this one and the added use of swimming underwater in a cave freaked me out.
The ending: GOOD. I AM GLAD THEY'RE ALL DEAD. Fuck this movie.
31 Days of Halloween: Day 22, Film #29
Shameless Sequel #2
The first film had interesting relatable characters with believable motivations, a beautifully structured plot with suspense at every turn, and Juno. The writers of this gem said, "Fuck all that. Let's just put some assholes back in the cave and make some shit happen"
Brightside: They brought Juno back
The Descent was a tense, claustrophobic thriller that used its underground setting to great effect. It had a memorable all female cast too which helped set it apart. So a few years later comes The Descent: Part 2: a retread in every sense of the word.
It is essentially the same story as the first film as the lone survivor from the first film Sarah goes back into the cave with other people trying to recover her friends. What could go wrong? All of the same stuff happens except this time it's not really scary and I did not have the same feeling of claustrophobia that I had in the first one. Also, even though I loved The Descent, I…
31 Days of Horror - Day 3
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The Descent - Part 2 is not a good movie. It's an even worse sequel that falls into the same traps as many forced horror sequels do, although many of these could have been easily avoided. I wasn't at all surprised when I discovered that this film had no involvement from the writer/director of the first entry (instead being directed by that film's editor, Jon Harris), since it feels like someone trying to imitate the magic of Part 1 without understanding what made it good in the first place.
Here's some tips for making horror sequels that I wish Jon Harris had read before starting work on this film:
#1 - If you're trying to follow up the original but…
Just don't go back into the cave. Movie solved.
There are some good moments of throat biting and heads being smashed, but all the fun comes undone by a very stupid ending.
Once you get over how dumb it is for people to go in that cave, the movie has plenty of claustrophobia and jump scares. It gets pretty gross too.
Should have gone full B...
Too many men, too many Americans, too few scares. The ending was also stupid as fuck.
Inicia justo donde termina la primera, cosa que es una excelente idea, tal y como lo hiciera “Halloween 2” de 1980. La historia te atrapa desde el principio y no pierde minutos en explicar lo innecesario e, incluso, ver momentos de la anterior entrega en flashbacks, es maravilloso. La atmósfera de la primera entrega se hace presente pero con un diseño de cavernas más grandes y laberínticas, que pocos podrían notar que 2 escenarios separados por la historia son los mismos.
La entrañable (Shauna Macdonald) regresa junto a una culpable Juno (Natalie Mendoza) que si bien es cierto la cinta está separada por 3 años pareciera que continuamos y continúan ellas en la pesadilla y que solo han pasado horas.…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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