Now in UK theaters
Directed by Jon Harris
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Blair Witch Project. These films have one thing in common; they are all horror classics, but they are followed by below par sequels that are constrained by horror clichÃ©s. That is the main problem with The Descent: Part 2; there is no need for it to exist, the film struggles to find a reason, then it just gives up and becomes a film full of predictable set pieces.
The story is set within a couple of hours after the events of the first film. Sarah is brought under the custody of the local sheriff and is taken back into the cave, with an expedition team, to help find the other cave divers. But unknown to the other cave divers, there is something horrifying waiting from then in the darkness. Is it just me, or is this one of the oldest horror clichÃ©s in book to warrant an unwanted sequel from a modern horror classic? But they don’t finish there, all of the characters are straight from the back pages of other horror movies and it is frustrating. In the first film, all of the characters were well thought through, they were there for a reason; we cared about them. So by time the shit-it-the-fan, so to speak, we were horrified to see them die, we felt each loss, which was carried throughout the film. But in Part 2, we just don’t care about them. They are so ignorant and stupid that I was starting to lose my patience with the film entirely, and then I began to laugh at their mistakes, which isn’t a good sign for a horror movie. The film is really easy to read, you can tell when a Crawler is going to appear, or when there is a false scare or even what the ending is going to be.
The first film just had one idea to it, which was done very well. It had a simple premise, girls going cave diving and finding something that nature didn’t intended. It was short, sweet and made a real impact. In Part 2, you certainly feel the idea being stretched to the limit and it came to a point where it was becoming repetitive and a there is a sense of dÃ©jÃ vu through out the film.
The Crawlers themselves are not as effective this time round, because we already know what they are capable of and we know their basic attack strategy, which demolishes the scares of the film.
But, it is a very well made film with very impressive set design. The caves themselves, filmed inside a studio in London, look and feel very real and the film is still able to create the sense of claustrophobia from the first film. It doesn’t skimp on the gore either. Bones get cracked, heads get smashed, people get nibbled upon, lots of shots of women get covered in blood and we are reminded why a drill is such a good weapon.
It delivers the cheap scares, but after a while the film becomes repetitive and tedious. The film doesn’t forget its own timeline, however, which is nice for the fans of the original to see that some of the bodies are still there.
If you are in the mood for a cheap Friday night scare with plenty of gore, then this is the film for you. But for the most cynical viewer, this is just a simple case of dÃ©jÃ vu. Predictable and clichÃ©-ridden, this superfluous sequel will no doubt disappoint the fans of the original film proving once again that you can’t make the same film again expecting the same results.