Writer James Watkins Gives a Small Update on Descent 2
News on the sequel to Neil Marshall's horror hallmark, The Descent, has been nearly as illusive as the critters that inhabit the underground caves. Back in May we reported on plot details for the upcoming film, which weren't exactly encouraging. To be more accurate, they were downright disappointing as the continued story seems a bit ridiculous. A tiny update on what's now being called Descent 2 has crept out of the shadows today, thanks to a conversation JoBlo had with writer James Watkins, of the British horror flick Eden Lake. Watkins' update reinforces two primary things: 1) they have a great team for the sequel, and 2) they've made it scary. Thank goodness for that, because I was getting worried.
It's true that Christian Colson is a producer on the film, and that he served in a similar capacity on the 2005 original and Danny Boyle's heralded Slumdog Millionaire. But will Colson's involvement influence the final product? Probably not much considering there are five other producers listed for the film. Watkins also highlights Jon Harris' editing work on Eden Lake. While his effort may be top notch on that scare, Descent 2 will mark Harris' first time as a director. Sadly, especially since he's the writer, Watkins doesn't seem to spend much time talking about the story and making it all plausible. Remember, virtually everyone dies in the original so it's hard to believe the sole survivor would venture back into the cave system.
But if we must have a sequel, then so be it. Of the scare factor in this, Watkins mentions: "Jon's got the film really tight and it really rocks. It's just a relentless journey once the team is in the cave. But all those elements, we wanted just to max out. For example, the claustrophobia, the couple of scenes that we just said, 'Okay, we have that scene in the first film with claustrophobia. How can we take that and just make it a whole lot bigger and scarier?' There is one that involves water and it's just terrifying. When we were filming it and the crew were like, oh my God, this is horrible." We're still crossing our fingers and hoping this turns out good, but it just doesn't seem like that will happen. Anyone more excited about this?