mercredi 19 août 2009


Today was held the very first French press screening of “The Descent: Part 2”, the efficient sequel of Neil Marshall 2005 spelunking claustrophobic horror monster movie. This sequel marks the directorial debut of Jon Harris, who worked for the last 15 years as an editor (He did in particular, Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch”, Matthew Vaughn’s “Layer Cake”, James Watkins’s “Eden Lake” and the first part of “The Descent”).

If you watched the director’s cut of “The Descent”, you probably know that there’s no way to make a sequel to it, at least with the same characters of the first film, because they all died or were about to die, lost in an underground labyrinth of tunnels and caves, populated with blind angry/hungry devil-esque creatures.

But it was finally decided that “The Descent: Part 2” would be a direct follow-up to the North American version of the original film, where the character of Sarah Carter (played by Shauna Macdonald) succeeds to escape from the monstered caves.

Sometimes you have to let go.

Still, why would she go back in hell instead of staying safely at home? Well, the scripwriters had the practical idea to make her amnesiac. So basically, after her escape, heavily traumatized and covered in (others’s people) blood, Sarah is questionned by two cops, and is obviously suspected by one of them, the veteran Vaines (Gavan O’Herlihy). The other one, Elen Rios (Krysten Cummings) who’s also a mother, feels empathy for Sarah (who has lost a child in an accident one year earlier) and think she has nothing to do with the missing of her friends.

Sarah is going back to hell.

When a good cop dog find the entrance to an old well at the place of an old farmer (Michael J. Reynolds), Vaines decides to go underground and look for the missing girls, with Elen, Sarah and also a rescue team, composed by the experimented Dan Sheperd (Douglas Hodge) and two younger volunteers, Cath (Anna Skellern) and Greg (Joshua Dallas).

Deep underground floor please.

Then, you probably guess how things will go. By the time Sarah will start to recover her memory, very uncool things will happen, and mostly to human beings. In the dark and oppressive depths of the unknown cave system, people will be lost, stuck, chased, scratched, dismembered, shitted on (litterally), bitten, and eventually eaten, unless they fight back...savagely.

Will they make it?

The Descent: Part 2” will be released in the French theaters on October 14th, 2009

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