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Directed by Jon Harris
Produced by

Ivan McKinnon

Christian Colson

Written by James Watkins
J. Blakeson

James McCarthy

Starring Shauna MacDonald
Natalie Mendoza
Music by David Julyan
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editing by Jon Harris
Distributed by Lionsgate
Warner Bros.
Pathe
Celador films
Release date(s)

October 14, 2009 (France)
November 7, 2009 (Japan)
November 19, 2009 (Argentina)
December 2, 2009 (Ireland)
December 4, 2009 (UK)
January 25, 2010 (Brazil)
March 25, 2010 (Russia)
March, 2010 (USA)

Running time 94 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $10,000,000+
Gross Revenue $313,739 (UK)
Preceded by The Descent

 (2005)


The Decent Part 2 is a claustrophobic British horror film, a sequel to the critically acclaimed 2005 horror film The Descent. The film was shot in London and is currently awaiting release in the US, it was released in cinemas in the UK on December 4, 2009. The film is being produced by Christian Colson and co-produced by Paul Ritchie with Neil Marshall, the producer and director of the original, as executive producer. The film has been less well-received than the first film receiving a 50% certified rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes UK based on 24 reviews.

PlotEdit

Two days after the events of the first film Sarah is washed away to safety with no memory of the events of the last time she was in the cave. She is taken to hospital where it is revealed some of the blood on her matches that of Juno. Sheriff Vaines demands that along with his deputy Elen Rios, Sarah and 3 specialists Dan, Greg and Cath must go back into the cave to find the missing girls. A new entrance is found with the help of a sniffer dog. The girls are sent down via and old elevator operated by the old, mysterious Michael Reynolds.

Whilst crawling through a narrow tunnel in the caves, Sarah has a flashback of what happened in the caves, and in a nervous panic, attacks Vaines, Greg and Elen and runs off deeper into the caves. Vaines, purses Sarah but eventually runs into a crawler and fires a shot at one. This causes part of the cave to collapse, separating Cath from the rest of the group. Elen, Dan and Greg arrive in a room full of bones where they find the video camera used by the girls in the first film, they watch the playback which reveals the girls was attacked by the crawlers. The three are attacked by a group of crawlers and separate.

Elen starts calling for help alerting the crawlers, but is stopped by Sarah who warns Elen that the crawlers hunt via sound. The two then watch as a Crawler attacks and kills Dan.

Cath later escapes a crawler and runs into Greg, the two climbing away from a crawler and using their radio to divert the pursing crawler away from them. Greg and Cath travel deeper into the cave and find Rebecca (from the first film) hanging lifelessly. They decide to try and use her to swing across the chasm, but are both attacked by crawlers. Greg falls below and although Cath makes it to the other side, she is attacked and killed once she gets there.

Elen and Sarah wander deeper into the cave, and kill another crawler before Elen reveals she has a daughter, which makes Sarah more determind to escape. Vaines is wandering around the cave and is about to be killed by a group of crawlers before he is saved by Juno, who is revealed to be alive and is pretty sure of the escape route but has lost her light. Vaines and Juno run into Elen and Sarah. After a brief struggle between Juno and Sarah, they all decide that it's best they work together to escape and survive.

At the film's climax, Vaines is attacked and killed, and Elen, Sarah and Juno reach the exit but are blocked by a small group of crawlers. As they try to tip-toe around the crawlers, Juno is grabbed by Greg who begs for help alerting four crawlers. Juno, Sarah and Elen fight off the crawlers, Juno killing the last one before she dies. After a painful minute, Sarah and Elen turn around to leave but find themselves surrounded by a large group of crawlers. Sarah screams to draw attention to herself allowing Elen to escape.

Elen reaches the outside and is about to call for help when she is attacked by Michael Reynolds, who hits her with a shovel and drags her back to the entrance to be food for the crawlers.

CastEdit

Actor Character
Shauna MacDonald Sarah Carter
Natalie Mendoza Juno Kaplan
Krysten Cummings Elen Rios
Gavan O'Herlihy Sheriff Vaines
Joshua Dallas Greg
Anna Skellern Cath
Douglas Hodge Dan Shephard
Michael J. Reynolds Ed Oswald
Axelle Carolyn Nurse Lambert
Doug Ballard Doctor Payne
Josh Cole Lynch
Mac MacDonald Mayor Riley
Saskia Mulder Rebecca (body)
MyAnna Buring Sam (body)
Alex Reid Beth (flashback)
Nora-Jane Noone Holly (flashback)


ProductionEdit

Due to the first film being a commercial and critical success, it was decided that a sequel would be produced. Although Marshall had no plans to direct the film, he told Bloody-Disgusting.com, "A treatment is in the works, I’m not directing it, but I will oversee it and want to be a part of it."

Marshall received the first draft of the film in late July 2006, with no directors or cast in mind. He made it clear that this film won't be a "rehashing of the first" and that he wants this film to incorporate more of the feeling of claustrophobia like that of a particular scene in the previous film. Marshall tells Bloody-Disgusting.com about new ideas for the film, "The monsters they can deal with, and a bit of the claustrophobia, they can deal with, but the combination is definitely something we want to incorporate that into the sequel, by putting the monster and the girls in a really tight spot."

When The Descent was released in 2006 in the United States, Lionsgate picked up the film as distributor and edited the last few minutes of the film, changing the ending. When Dreadcentral.com asked Marshall which of the film's two endings would the sequel would be picking up after, he said that it won't be known until he approves a script.

Filming began in May 2008 at Ealing Studios in London. Ealing Studios was featured on BBC London in June 2008 going behind the scenes of the filming of 'Part 2'. In that broadcast it was confirmed that Shauna MacDonald would be returning to play her character Sarah. Most of the other original cast members are now also returning although most of them only in flashbacks and possible hallucinations. The film was shot on all three of the main stages at Ealing Studios and some scenes were filmed on location at Bourne Woods near Farnham in southwest Surrey, England.

The film was filmed using elaborate sets, miniatures, and blue screen digital images. This was revealed on BBC London's behind the scenes look.

The production was designed by Simon Bowles who designed the original film, art directed by Mark Scruton. The sets were built by DRS Construction and Armordillo.

The digital set extensions and all VFX were created by Swedish VFX company Filmgate.

ReleaseEdit

The film was originally set to be released in May 2009, but was delayed. It was released in France on October 14, Japan on November 7, Argentina on November 19. It was released in UK & Danish cinemas on December 4, 2009, with advanced screenings across the UK and Ireland on the 2nd and 3rd. The film will be released Brazil on January 15, 2010, March 25, 2010 in Russia and in the U.S. some time after.

Box office Edit

In France the film has proven successful reaching #5 and grossing $1,097,535 in its opening weekend. Total gross in France now stands at $2,438,834.

However in the UK, the film did not reach expectation debuting at #9 making the first week domestic gross $313,739.

Reception Edit

The Descent: Part 2 garnered average to positive reviews. Tim Robey of The Telegraph gave the film three stars out of five stating, 'though it stretches credulity...The last half-hour is a tense team scramble to get out, and stay out, but the best move in this above-par shocker is digging right back into the claustrophobic emotional traumas which made Part 1 so thrilling.' Variety gave the film a mixed review stating "Treading closely in the steps of its predecessor in every sense, the sequel has less emotional nuance, shows more of the monsters and opts this time for a less interesting coed cast instead of the all-femme crew used so effectively in the original. Nevertheless, as popcorn entertainment, it delivers, and should satisfy fans on all platforms."

However, on Rotten Tomatoes UK, the film has so far received a 50% rotten rating based on 24 reviews. Digital Spy gave the film a negative review and rewarded it with 2/5 stars.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


fr:The Descent Part 2 nl:The Descent: Part 2 ja:ディセント2

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