DIR: Jon Harris • WRI: J Blakeson, James McCarthy, James Watkins • PRO: Christian Colson, Ivana Mackinnon, Paul Ritchie • DOP Sam McCurdy • ED: Jon Harris • DES: Simon Bowles • CAST: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Gavan O’Herlihy, Krysten Cummings, Gavan O’Herlihy, Joshua Dallas, Anna Skellern, Douglas Hodge, Michael J. Reynolds
The Descent: Part 2 is a new horror film from English editor and first time director Jon Harris. Set in the Appalachian mountains, the film is loud and awful experience from the first frame to the last. It involves Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) who has previously been on a cave expedition with five of her friends who were lost inside due to the vile creatures in the 2005 original. Sarah is in deep psychological torment after these events. She is forced back into the cave by the arrogant Sheriff Vaines (Gavan O’Herlihy) to find Juno (Natalie Jackson Mendoza) who Sarah betrayed as act of revenge in the original. Sarah’s five companions include Rios (Krysten Cummings), Greg (Joshua Dallas), Cath (Anna Skellern), Dan (Douglas Hodge), and Ed (Michael J. Reynolds). There is no way to decipher any of the supporting characters, who are just targets for these vile creatures.
The creatures look like a tall version of Gollum from Lord of The Rings with a face like Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter saga. This film has no emphasis on character and relies on the cheap thrill of the humans being pursued by these vile creatures for the drastically over-long running time of ninety minutes. After about the fifth attack by the vile creatures against the wallpaper supporting characters, interest is completely lost to all concerned. It’s just poor characterisation, sound effects and monsters jumping at you! Come on, horror fans deserve so much better. What is surprising is how it got press screened. There is no artistry and no vision to this dull and vile premise, with a very poor excuse for a script. David Julyan’s score is overused to the point where you just want to cover your ears and there are also some very graphic and disgusting images of blood and mutilation. The ending is about as clichéd as can be, but is done in such way as to suggest we have never seen an ending like it before. I’m regretting my harsh words on Zombieland because The Descent: Part 2 makes it look like a masterpiece.
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