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The Descent 2 (2009)

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Director: Jon Harris

Writers: J Blakeson

James McCarthy

James Watkins

Tagline: Fear runs deeper

Plot: Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors…

Cast: Shauna Macdonald – Sarah

Natalie Jackson Mendoza – Juno

Krysten Cummings – Rios

Gavan O’Herlihy    – Vaines

Joshua Dallas – Greg

Review (spoilers):

After a huge success with the first Descent, it was pretty obvious that the sequel will come out sooner or later. And here it is. The Descent 2 picks up where the first one end. Sarah finally managed to somehow exit those caves (it was never said how) only to return once more in them accompanied with a rescue party. Just like many sequels, The Descent 2’s quality is not nearly as good as it’s precursor’s. Watching this felt like a cold shower, I expected some good scares and a frightening atmosphere (just like in the first Descent). What I got was an average and more action driven horror sequel with cheap scares. Those action scenes were average from time to time too. All in all, it really isn’t bad but it lacks some/any good details which deserve to be specially mentioned.

The script has some really random parts in it which still aren’t completely clear to me (including the last few scenes). Of course, there wasn’t much room for character development in it so some characters are cheap cannon fodder. Some of them die very quick and in short meantime periods.  Because all of those action scenes The Descent 2 isn’t a boring a movie (far from that) but it still could use a lot of improvement (like some explanations in the plot). The best thing in the whole movie is surely Juno’s return but her strange and unexpected (and I’d dare to say even unimportant) come back wasn’t explained at all. I wanted to know how she managed to kill those crawlers from the first movie with a leg that is hurt. And of course how did she manage to stay alive in the caves. Questions like this are never answered and I think it would have been awesome if we could have seen some of Juno’s flashbacks over the past few days (like it was made with Sarah). That would have took the movie to a whole new level.

Unfortunately, this aren’t the only things that were bad in The Descent 2. The worst thing in it are surely the looks of the crawlers, those creatures who dwell in the caves. Comparing them to the first movie they look awful. Their faces are now somewhat deformed (in a possible attempt to make them look scarier) which makes them look silly. I just have to comment one scene where we even have a female crawler. I must admit I always assumed that crawlers were some asexual creatures (Tbh: I’m not really interested in their mating habits) because we couldn’t see a single female one in the first Descent. In The Descent 2 you see a female crawler in only one scene and her total cameo was like 10 seconds or less? Why did they put her in? I can’t find an obvious reason to that. My only guess is that they wanted the crawlers to look more disturbing (or change the audience’s thoughts about them) so putting a female crawler was a desperate movie for doing so. There is one more thing that wants to change your opinion about crawlers: An alpha male one. Yeap, we are being introduced to the ultimate 6 feet tall boss crawler. Yawn.

The Descent 2 makes up for everything with all those bloody and gory fights. There were some ok kills which don’t go much above average. If you started watching the movie expecting (and wanting) it be more action driven, you’ll possibly find it to be more enjoying than I did.

My Rating: 5/10 … An ok movie, really nothing special. The best thing about it are it’s average fight scenes.

Btw, with this review we oficially end the first Seq Week here at Drugsbunny’s Horror Reviews!  (I know that the Seq Week lasted about 10 days, but no matter, there are 7 reviews about  movie sequels). Thank you all for reading my blog ; ).