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The Descent 2

Above: The Descent 2

Source: Fangoria

It is being reported at Fangoria that the sequel to Neil Marshall’s excellent subterranean horror flick The Descent, due out next year, has been fully cast and is ready to go. Shauna Macdonald and Natalie Mendoza will be getting covered in karo syrup again, in what appears to be a continuation of the modified US cut of the film (its ending was shortened for American audiences in order to be more “upbeat”).

Unfortunately, while Neil Marshall is on board as a producer, both the writer - James Watkins (of My Little Eye, er, infamy) - and director - Jon Harris (editor of the original The Descent) - are new. Given the way in which the original UK cut of the first film, in both my and its director’s eyes the definitive version, ended, it’ll be very hard for me to view this as a direct continuation. I’ll be happy to be proved wrong, but this screams “cash-in” to me. Some films, frankly, don’t require sequels, and as far as I’m concerned this is one of them, particularly when said sequel looks set to be a continuation of an errant version of the film rather than the original cut.

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008 at 5:07 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Cinema



For some reason, I can't just can't get behind 'The Descent'.
I dug it the first time and the second viewing wasn't bad, but afterwards I decided the film didn't have any more replay value for me.

I like 'Dog Soldiers' better.
It's essentially 'Predator' or 'Aliens' (or any action/sci-fi/horror film of that ilk) with werewolves.
I felt 'The Descent' was essentially the same thing but in a cave.
There were certainly parts I liked or would even say I loved but not enough to purchase it.

'Doomsday', on the other hand, was so ridiculously over-the-top and fun that I couldn't resist it.
I loved it's genre-mashing and even though it was basically 'The Road Warrior' (a film I love) at times, it certainly delivered what I expected, in spades.

The point is, Neil Marshall is a talented filmmaker who seems to have graduated from the Quentin Tarrantino school of film (i.e. borrowing heavily from movies he loves).
I just hope Marshall continues to make, in the least, interesting films without getting to a point where it feels like he doesn't have his own ideas anymore (sorry QT - you need to make another film like 'Jackie Brown' - take an existing successful novel and put your cinematic spin on it OR hire a really good writer; your dialogue is old hat and is starting to rot).

Posted by: Daniel Sardella, May 2, 2008 6:38 PM


What's funny, is that I finally got a cheap copy of The Descent on Blu ray this week. I'm not going to try and defend the film, it has its flaws as do all movies, but this ridiculous sequel news has annoyed me. If it wasn't for that stupid f*cking American edit, it'd probably never have happened. Now, I must find out what became of the Dog Soldiers DTV sequel. Brace yourself...

Posted by: rebel_scum, May 3, 2008 12:45 AM


I went to the Frightfest "D-Day" on Saturday, and Marshall said that shooting on Descent 2 (or whatever it may be called) was starting yesterday (Sunday).

Five of the six girls from the first film were there, all except Natalie Mendoza, and all looking gorgeous (or maybe it was just relative to the fat, sweaty, dorky and generally unsavoury Frightfesters filling the room). Anyway, they're all in the sequel, so expects lots of flashbacks presumably.

It's certainly not a film which demands a sequel - if any film does - but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt for now.

Posted by: Philly Q, May 5, 2008 11:33 AM

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