The Descent: Part 2

October 14th, 2009


The Descent: Part 2

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

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.8/10 (13,694 voted)

Director: Jon Harris

Stars: Michael J. Reynolds, Shauna Macdonald, Jessika Williams

Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her friends' blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions. As the rescue party drives deeper into uncharted caverns, nightmarish visions of the recent past begin to haunt Sarah and she starts to realize the full horror and futility of the mission. Subjected to the suspicion and mistrust of the group and confronted once more by the inbred, feral and savagely ruthless Crawlers, Sarah must draw on all her inner reserves of strength and courage in a desperate final struggle for deliverance and redemption.

Writers: James McCarthy, J Blakeson

Michael J. Reynolds - Ed Oswald
Shauna Macdonald - Sarah Carter
Jessika Williams - Susanne Small
Douglas Hodge - Dan
Josh Dallas - Greg (as Joshua Dallas)
Anna Skellern - Cath
Gavan O'Herlihy - Vaines
Krysten Cummings - Ellen Rios
Doug Ballard - Doctor Roger Payne
Josh Cole - Lynch
Saskia Mulder - Rebecca
Natalie Mendoza - Juno Kaplan
Alex Reid - Beth
Nora-Jane Noone - Holly
MyAnna Buring - Sam

Taglines: Fear runs deeper


Official Website: Official Blog [France] | Official site |

Release Date: 14 October 2009

Filming Locations: Ashridge Park, Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Opening Weekend: £313,739 (UK) (6 December 2009) (298 Screens)

Gross: £674,550 (UK) (10 January 2010)

Technical Specs


Revealing mistakes: While Cath is trapped on the other side of the fallen boulders, we can see a knee-high rock slightly move, on the right side of his leg, by his leg, as the team leader on the other side is trying to remove rocks from the other side.

Doctor Payne: Blood found on Sarah Carter's clothes: A positive. Blood type for Juno Caplan: A positive.

User Review

More of the same but so what?


Viewed at the Marche du Film, Festival de Cannes 2009

Picking up almost immediately where The Descent left off, the bloodstained Sarah has made it out the cave system, is taken to hospital and then back into the caves as an unwilling member of a rescue party to find her missing friends.

If you saw the first film, then you know what happens in this one. If you know the horror genre, then you know who will get offed, too. None of which matters a hoot, because familiarity breeds respect and cast, director and writers, deliver exactly what viewers want. There are the crawlers, lots of blood, some nicely delivered shocks, plenty of gnarly special effects and women getting down, dirty and deadly with climbing axes, bare hands and lumps of rock.

Because all concerned have resisted the urge to widen the story, introduce new things for the heck of it (such as, I dunno, flying crawlers), The Descent: Part 2 is actually much stronger than is usually the case for sequels.

A left-field twist right at the end could be a set up for part 3, but it's hard to tell. While it didn't come as a surprise (those horror genres again), it did feel a bit tacked-on. But that's a very minor quibble and does nothing to detract from what is a great piece of horror entertainment and a worthy successor to its predecessor.


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