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First Look: First Photos from Jon Harris' The Descent 2

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January 6, 2009
Source: Ollie Upton's Website

First Look: First Photos from Jon Harris' The Descent 2

Out of nowhere comes our first look at a few new photos from The Descent 2, the sequel to Neil Marshall's claustrophobic horror film from 2006. Believe it or not, this is already done shooting and is currently in post-production, meaning we should expect to hear some screening reports fairly soon. These photos look fantastic because they were taken by professional photographer Ollie Upton and they come from his website (via SlashFilm). I've pulled out a few of the non-spoiler photos from his set that you can see below. Sure these photos look pretty damn good but that doesn't mean it'll be a great sequel. What do you think?

Click on any of them to head over to Ollie's website to see a few more. I'm still a bit baffled by this sequel - I would expect it to have a lot of buzz, but it has almost none! Anyone real reason for this?

The Descent 2 Photos

The Descent 2 Photos

The Descent 2 Photos

The Descent 2 Photos

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 blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing friends. 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.

The Descent 2 is directed by Jon Harris, who is making his directorial debut after working for over 10 years as an editor. The screenplay was co-written by newcomer James McCarthy and James Watkins, who also wrote and directed Eden Lake. The Descent 2 doesn't have a US distributor yet, although we might as well expect that Lionsgate, who distributed the original Descent, will release this sometime in 2009 as well.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

Looks cool, but I fear this will just be more of the same. A cheap cash-in. It's a pity Marshall ain't directing or writing. I really wish he'd do that "zombies on an oil rig" idea.

T9000 on Jan 6, 2009

2

British dogs!!

Vegavega Balrog on Jan 6, 2009

3

I can't believe she goes back after getting out of that cave.

Film-Book dot Com on Jan 6, 2009

4

I freaking miss Juno. She better be alive in the cave somewhere!! Brits!!!

Vegavega Balrog on Jan 6, 2009

5

looks pretty awfull. check in the first pic, wer de gal is screaming...c'mon isnt she suppose to have bloody mouth too, its like she had time to use Colgate Whitening !! haha

agentX on Jan 6, 2009

6

I'm still going to see it, but the fact that there's a sequel is really disappointing. As you said #4, why the hell would she go back? Especially since....SPOILER ALERT....her whole team is dead...the rock chick with broken leg got her neck torn out (dead)...Juno hit the suave chick in the neck with the pick axe, and then she was stoned by Sarah (dead)...the mousy climber got her neck sliced (dead)...the motherly climber had her innards ripped out (dead)...and Juno was left with the pick axe through her leg and a dozen albinos bearing down on her (pretty much dead). So, really...she's going to go back? And it even wouldn't make sense if she went back for the bodies since those critters were carnivores. Ugh. BTW -- Those pics are no longer on Ollie's site, so he may have jumped the gun.

kevin on Jan 6, 2009

7

For anyone who hasn't seen the first DESCENT: Later in this post there will be a !!!SPOILER!!! Granted the fact that Sarah from the first movie is in the sequel so that's naturally a spoiler in itself. So not now, but there will be a !!!SPOILER!!! in my post regarding the first DESCENT. I have high hopes for this sequel as Jon was the editor of the first DESCENT and has a history of editing other Horror movies. He knows the pacing of a Horror film - or should. Sarah was represented as a strong independent woman and an experienced caver/climber: not some domesticated, celebrity tabloid browsing, urban couch potato. It would seem implausible that Sarah, backed by strength of numbers and having survived by experience and her wits already, WOULDN'T go back to face down her enemies. Of course, this sequel is predicated on the American edit and not Neil Marshall's original edit. !!!SPOILER!!! (Yes, I'm about to give that spoiler now) In Neil Marshall's original edit of DESCENT, it appeared that Sarah didn't survive. it ended with her being in the cave, surrounded, and the creatures closing in from all sides. Obviously Jon Harris is taking the American edit, which I felt was superior. I felt the original Marshall ending was a cheat. Not only for the "Oooh! It was all a dream! She is really still back in the cave!" ending, but because this movie, virtually all female in cast, ended with all of these otherwise very strong independent women being unable to survive their circumstances. Her escape made sense. Her suddenly being insane and unable to escape felt like a betrayal of her character. This is a woman who enjoys putting her life in danger. Who witnessed the horrible death of her husband during such a trip and continues to pursue her lifestyle. It would have been one thing if she died due to the power of the creatures or their sheer might of their number, but to die because she was psychologically unfit for the harrowing experience? To die because she just gave up and became a frightened, trembling, crazy woman? I felt the American edit stayed true to the logical consistency of the movie and its characters. DISCLOSURE: I'm a caver/spelunker of wild caves (former member of the Speleological Society) and have been involved in numerous rescue missions both real and training (granted, not against any monsters).

Feo Amante on Jan 6, 2009

8

Wow...why is there no support? Because the first movie was horrible along with its counterpart "The Cave" Sure, they're enjoyable the first time on one of the movie channels premiere nights (because they're definitely worth paying for) but aside from that, did anyone expect or want a sequel to a movie that can't really have one?

Aravena on Jan 6, 2009

9

I'm with #1 on this one. The Decent 2 shouldn't even exist. What made the first one so frightening was the ending (or at least the original UK version). It made you wonder, were the creatures real or were they part of Sarah's traumatized imagination? It's a horror film that gave you chills but left you leaving the theater with asking yourself questions. I think that this will be another cheap cash-in sequel.

Frost on Jan 6, 2009

10

I think that the coolest thing about this topic is that there are researchers that believe that a creature could survive in caves like this. Perhaps that was what gave Neil Marshall his idea. I'm down with a sequel but I believe the first one captured the phobia and suspense.

Bigfoot's got an itch! on Jan 6, 2009

11

I am kinda pissed about the summary of the sequel. Like Alex said, it doesnt make ANY sense, no matter how you look at it, why she would go back. all of them are dead, and Im PRETTY sure she witnessed all of their deaths, so.....AHHHH!

KG on Jan 6, 2009

12

I would just like to say that seeing The Descent in theaters with my one of my best friends is a fantastic memory to have, and we're both excited out of our minds to see this new one, no matter how good or bad it is. And incidentally, we're both infatuated with the character Juno and hoping she turns out to be alive.

Vegavega Balrog on Jan 6, 2009

13

Loved the first one. One of the few horror movies that sucked you in and made you feel a part of the film. Like being lost in the woods was the scariest part of Blair Witch (for anyone who's actually ever been lost in the woods at least), being in those terrifying caves was the scariest part of Descent. The "creatures" only added to the terror. Anyway, I skipped all the other comments to avoid spoilers. I doubt this will be as good as the original, but it's on my "will see" list. Love the site, Alex.

kevjohn on Jan 6, 2009

14

The first half of the first movie was great. Something I have never really experienced before. But then once the monsters were way too overexposed it got corny and just not scary. The plot for this new one seems so far fetched its pretty ridiculous. Why would she want to go back with the search team? It just seems like a lame attempt to make more money off the first. It would be really cool if there ended up being her imagination or just something really cool that no one expects. But it seems like it will be more of the same BS.

Dan W on Jan 7, 2009

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