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The Descent 2 (2009)




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The crawlers are back in this follow-up to Neil Marshall's stellar cave horror outing from 2005. The original film's editor, Jon Harris, makes his directorial debut with this continuation following survivor Sarah (Shauna MacDonald) as she heads back into the underground crevices that claimed many of her friends' lives, including Juno (Natalie Mendoza), whom she left for dead in the first film.more
Rating: R (for strong bloody horror violence, grisly images, terror and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: J Blakeson, James Watkins, James McCarthy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2010
Celador Films - Official Site


Krysten Cummings
as Deputy Rios
Gavan O'Herlihy
as Sheriff Vaines
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Critic Reviews for The Descent 2

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Thank the sequel for underscoring, in its devastating mediocrity, just how great and special the original was to start with.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2010

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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2010

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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!!!

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

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