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The Descent 2 (2009)


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The Descent editor Jon Harris makes the leap to the director's chair in this sequel to Neil Marshall's claustrophobic 2005 creature flick. Sarah Carter (Shauna MacDonald) has managed to escape from the Appalachian cave system where all of her friends were killed by "crawlers" -- primordial humanoids who have adapted to living in the subterranean darkness. In hopes that some of the spelunkers may have survived, Sheriff Redmond Vaines rounds up his deputies for a rescue mission, and decides to

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Harris's direction is messy, favouring confusing set-piece scares over the all-important group dynamics.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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As popcorn entertainment, it delivers, and should satisfy fans on all platforms.

May 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Thank the sequel for underscoring, in its devastating mediocrity, just how great and special the original was to start with.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Doesn't come close to the original, but still manages to entertain.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

By the standards set up by its predecessor, it's a letdown, but by the overall standards of horror sequels, it's a complete success.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source:

You can practically see the film trying to "color between the lines" laid down in the first film, but there's just enough freshness to keep Part 2 chugging along.

April 27, 2010 Full Review Source: FEARnet

With its back-and-forth plot pointing, illogical leaps in pragmatic believability, and a finale that flips a big fat middle finger at anyone who invested 90 minutes in this junk, The Descent 2 cannot hold a miner's candle to the original.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comment (1)

No one expected 'Part 2' to rival the original, but it delivers a fair number of scares while replicating the eerie tension from the first film.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

You won't be missing anything spectacular if you don't catch The Descent: Part 2, for horror fans and those who enjoyed the original, however, it's definitely worth a go.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

A claustrophobic, creepy popcorn flick that compensates for predictable scares with deliciously disgusting moments involving a whole spectrum of bodily fluids.

December 8, 2009
Heat Magazine

An uninspired retread of a horror classic, this tries hard to justify its existence... and fails.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It delivers the goods as they say. A third film is surely on the cards, no doubt in 3D. But in order to retain any good will, this series is going to have to do the one thing our Crawler friends have demonstrably failed to do. Evolve.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

The first-time director Jon Harris recreates the sense of airless, claustrophobic panic that worked so effectively the first time around and cranks up the yuck factor exponentially.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It's efficient, and workmanlike enough, but the spark of inspiration that won fans for the first film seems to me pretty much gone.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

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.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

At one point they even clamber over the corpses of the original film's victims to get to safety. It's not, on reflection, a bad metaphor for the entire enterprise.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The fact that she looks like Carrie will only serve as a reminder that they just don't make 'em like they used to. This is what you call 'plumbing the depths...'

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Even without the original element of surprise, Harris keeps nerves jangling and leaves no stomach unturned on an unrelenting seesaw between uneasy silence and grisly bedlam.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Clunky start apart, an efficient, grisly splatter sequel that's fine as far as it goes, but doesn't go far enough. For best results, engineer your own memory loss before going in.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Competent film-making renders the film watchable but it's silly in essence and there's nothing the cast can do about that, however hard they scream.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Bigger looking but less frightening.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Descent 2

"Well, we've lost 5 women down a hole here in the Appalachias. Only one's returned, covered from head to toe in somebody else's blood, and she's got no memory. My plan: we clean her up and get her to lead another team down the same hole, ASAP, fresh blood if you will, and we look for the rest. Who's with me?"
People wandering around in dark underground caves inhabited by mutant cave ghoulies and oops, their flashlight batteries go out! Wonder what happens next?
Same genre, more fun.
April 24, 2014

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As a gleefully gory and totally nuts and bolts horror flick, Descent 2 is everything that it wants to be. But that's less than I can say for the fans of Neil Marshall's jaw dropping, heartbreaking original. Now i'm one of them, I am in love with The Descent. I still think it's one of the ultimate horror films of the 21st century if not a great example of pure character emotions manifested by brutal violence on screen. The sequel however is expectedly dull apart from the final 30 minutes in which it practices what every other horror flick ends up undertaking. Crank the volume up and splatter blood in our faces. The original film did a lot more than that. It made us endure claustrophobia which has only been done cinematically a small handful of times before. This time the surprise of the first one has dissapeared and the nail biting silence and enigmatical horror is therein replaced with gory set pieces and a larger appearance of crawling creatures than the last film. It is less imaginative in plotting and weaker directed than it's predecessor with one major difference which eventually counted for little change in the story anyway. The most unforgivable trait however is the weak, uninteresting group of characters which in the original were much more fleshed out, likable and much more vulnerable. The way they were defenseless made the original work. The Descent 2 fails in this sense. It's definitely not the worst sequel in the world of horror but I would never watch it again. The problem is not that it's extraordinarily free of merit, which it isn't. It's the lack of justification for it's existence that bothers me. It adds nothing to the legacy of the first one and simply deserves to be forgotten by true fans. If you're someoene who never saw the first one and the various shots that it boasted which inspired such great awe, you'll see more in this follow up than the rest of us should. It doesn't help at all that it features a less than radical conclusion to the overwhelming story of hope, suffering and regret which was it's forerunner.
December 30, 2012
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This is going to be the christmas movie of 2009
can t wait till it opens on the 2nd dec......
A desent horror insend of the over hype new moon!!!
July 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

When it comes to sequels to truly original films this here does a lot of things right. It starts right where the first one ended and picks up all the loose threats, including some you considered tightly bound. By using the same soundtrack, you feel as if you are watching a story that continues, not an unnecessary add on. You gotta give the creators credit for that. This also entails a problem, of course. The film has little to add we didn't already see (better and scarier) in the first, but tries to top in the gore department instead. That goes a little far at times. The original was also smart enough to show as little of the creatures as possible, with as little lighting as absolutely necessary. Neither is the case here, sadly. That doesn't mean that the film fails. It is highly entertaining, sometimes even exciting and has quite a huge surprise for fans of the original, which was no less than the best scary film of the last decade. It even has a truly evil ending without copying the first. Not bad at all, even if a bit repetitive at times.
July 4, 2012

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