A new trailer for The Descent: Part 2 , a sequel to Neil Marshall’s 2005 modern horror masterpiece, has appeared online at IGN. The sequel isn’t directed by Marshall (he’s an exec producer, but it’s still a big red flag for me), but rather by the editor of The Descent, Jon Harris (making his directorial debut). It stars two of the original actresses, Shauna Macdonald and Natalie Mendoza, and co-stars Gavan O’Herlihy, Joshua Dallas, Anna Skellern, Douglas Hodge and Krysten Cummings.
The Descent: Part 2 picks up pretty much right after the first movie (SPOILERS ahead for those who haven’t seen the original), with most of the original cave divers having been killed by the “Crawlers” living within the unknown cave. Sarah emerges from the caves (the only one of the group left alive after the first movie), but she is unable to plausibly explain what happened to her five fellow-cave divers (i.e., why she’s covered in her friends’ blood). She is then forced by the authorities to go back down into the uncharted caves to look for her friends, and has to deal not only with the obvious threat of the Crawlers but also with suspicions amongst the new group that she may have killed her friends (End of SPOILERS).
That seems like such a forced plot to me – it seems so obvious that they just wanted to capitalize on how good the first one is (and how much of a cult following it’s found on DVD) by making a (frankly unneeded) sequel. The new trailer for The Descent: Part 2 (why they don’t just call it The Descent 2 is beyond me) is decisively less gorier than the first one we saw (which was pulled by the studios, FYI), but doesn’t sell it any better. Check it out:
I’ve said on many-an-occasion (once in extended rant-form) that I hate the idea of a sequel to The Descent. In case you can’t guess already, I’m a HUGE fan of the first movie: I think it’s a wonderful, genius piece of 21st-century horror filmmaking that hasn’t been topped since its release.
Apart from the general, “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” thing, there’s also a few distinct reasons why this is sequel was a bad move: Neil Marshall is not directing, and if the sequel had centered on a strong enough premise, he likely would have stuck around for it. Seems clear to me he did the best possible with the idea the first time around, and worse yet, for this sequel they have totally murdered the concepts involved with the original group of cave-divers being all-female. You don’t see that very often, not least in horror movies; the sequel looks like just another generic of an action-adventure-plus-horror film. Kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
Lastly (and most importantly), there is the fact that the original cut of The Descent (which ran in UK theaters) ended in such a way that left little-to-no room for a sequel.
I’ll still see the movie but I’m not in any way hopeful…
What do you think of the latest trailer for The Descent sequel? Do you think a sequel is a good idea or should they have left well enough alone?
The Descent: Part 2 opens in the UK on December 4th, 2009, with no U.S. release date set as of yet.
Source: IGN (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop)