Saturday, May 15, 2010

"The Descent: Part 2" review

The Descent: Part 2 (2009)

Director: Jon Harris
Writers: J Blakeson James McCarthy

Michael J. Reynolds ... Ed Oswald
Shauna Macdonald ... Sarah
Jessika Williams ... Susanna Small
Douglas Hodge ... Dan
Joshua Dallas ... Greg
Anna Skellern ... Cath
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Vaines
Krysten Cummings... Rios
Doug Ballard ... Dr. Roger Payne
Josh Cole ... Lynch
Saskia Mulder ... Rebecca
Natalie Jackson Mendoza ... Juno (as Natalie Mendoza)

The one survivor from the first "Descent" flick gets thrown back down the shaft. Since she can't seem to recall what happened to her friends, the sheriff decides to force her back into the caves to look for them. There could be survivors! The rescue team decides to skip any strenuous rock climbing and instead takes the express elevator to the bottom. That way they can die faster. The blind CHUDS of the Appalachians are waiting for more meat to enter their lair. They get very excited when their latest dinner course arrives. The rest of the movie has the rescue party needing to get rescued as the CHUDS pounce on them from every angle.

The original "Descent" was a great horror movie. It was one of the few recent horror flicks that actually scared me. Well, it made me jump a few times anyway. Now along comes "Descent Part 2". It has more gore, more monsters and more action. The filmmakers took all of the exploitation elements from the first movie and focused their efforts on providing more, more, more of them. I applaud the filmmakers with their dedication to the art of horror exploitation. Bravo!

So clearly, "Descent 2" is a must see. I loved it. It is one of the best straight to DVD movies I've seen. They have ditched the tension and dark claustrophobia of the first movie in order to provide the viewer with well lit scenes of carnage and mayhem. Where did the extra light come from in an abandoned cave? Who cares?! If you are worrying about little things like that, you don't need to spend your time watching horror movies.

Once the monsters make their first appearance, the movie becomes a series of survival of the fittest scenes. Since these people are trapped in a horror movie, you have a pretty good idea on who is going to survive. The monsters love to go for the jugular. There are many gushing neck wounds in "Descent 2". For the humans, the pickaxe becomes a favorite weapon to dispatch CHUD's to their graves. There are many fine gore scenes to enjoy in "Descent 2". My personal favorite was watching a girl's corpse shake from having one too many rats eat her guts. This was a particularly nasty scene which set the tone for the rest of the movie.

"Descent 2" is a very good horror movie. Gory, exciting and fun. It is definitely worth a look.

SCORE: 3.5 out of 4 CHUD munchers


the sneering (homo-phobic) snob said...

How can "The Descent: Part 2" be any good if its British made?, thats an absurd contra-twat-tion in terms.

Dr. Gore said...

But did you like the first "Descent"? British made I believe and a fine horror film.

And what about Hammer horror films?

the sneering (homo-phobic) snob said...

I haven`t watched "The Descent" (because its British) and those magic days of Cushing and Lee are unfortunately long gone, for the last 30 years the British film industry has been a ludicrous pathetic joke producing nothing but unwatchable garbage. Its also important to remember that the British have caused more problems for the rest of the world over the last 1500 years than every other nation put together, the British are very much wolves in sheeps clothing and should be avoided like the plague.

Anonymous said...

It is true that the British film industry has gone down hill, although there are very good writers and actors.
But why has this film review become political as the UK is certainly far from the worst country in the world, and at least there are some human and animal rights.
If this country's so bad why are so many people trying to get in?.
At what is this about the British causing problems for 1500 years all about, after all most countries were far from moral at that time.

Dr. Gore said...

The film review has not become political. But the commenter has a disdain for the British. He definitely has strong feelings whenever I decide to review a British film. As for me, I've been known to enjoy a British movie now and then. No country will ever have as much resources as Hollywood to make films but there have been some good British flicks. Like "The Descent 2" for instance.

JessicaMiller said...

I loved the first Decent. I screamed at the TV when the creepy thing is standing right behind the girl on the night mode video they're making. (it's not often that I'm actually startled because they use tension music and shots to tell me when I should look away. The first monster shot was so well set up that I didn't have a chance to hide my eyes.)
The Descent 2 was good, but it wasn't nearly as terrifying as the first one.Less looking away and no screaming at the TV. I did like the lighting, although I did find myself wondering where it was coming from. And when it was all said and done, I feel like we need a 3rd Descent to find out why that guy is so helpful. (If you've seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about)

jervaise brooke hamster said...

I wonder if Jessica Miller is a gorgeous little sexpot ?.