Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Descent Part 2 (2009)

After totally enjoying The Descent, I was not quite sure what to expect from this sequel. However, I soon found out that The Descent Part 2 was a much better choice than Blood Creek, which I had grabbed earlier in the week.

Plot/ 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.

To me, sequels are always a mixed bag and this one is no different. Unfortunately, when you are sculpting a follow-up to one of the best horror flicks in years, you are already asking for trouble. While this film is solid, it is nowhere near the original. The acting, the cinematography, and even the script lack the depth of the original movie (somewhat expected). However, there is quite a bit of gore, guts and throat gouging that does a great job of keeping the movie moving quite smoothly. While not perfect, or even close to the original, this is a great couple hours on any evening for horror fans (especially if you watch them back-to-back like I did!).

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