The Descent 2
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The Descent editor Jon Harris makes the leap to the director's chair in this sequel to Neil Marshall's claustrophobic 2005 creature flick. Sarah Carter (Shauna MacDonald) has managed to escape from the Appalachian cave system where all of her friends were killed by "crawlers" -- primordial humanoids who have adapted to living in the subterranean darkness. In hopes that some of the spelunkers may have survived, Sheriff Redmond Vaines rounds up his deputies for a rescue mission, and decides to take Sarah along as a guide. At first Sarah has no memory of the horrors that wait… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Harris's direction is messy, favouring confusing set-piece scares over the all-important group dynamics."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Doesn't come close to the original, but still manages to entertain."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"With its back-and-forth plot pointing, illogical leaps in pragmatic believability, and a finale that flips a big fat middle finger at anyone who invested 90 minutes in this junk, The Descent 2 cannot hold a miner's candle to the original."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"A claustrophobic, creepy popcorn flick that compensates for predictable scares with deliciously disgusting moments involving a whole spectrum of bodily fluids."
‑ , Heat Magazine
"The first-time director Jon Harris recreates the sense of airless, claustrophobic panic that worked so effectively the first time around and cranks up the yuck factor exponentially."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"As popcorn entertainment, it delivers, and should satisfy fans on all platforms."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"By the standards set up by its predecessor, it's a letdown, but by the overall standards of horror sequels, it's a complete success."
‑ Josh Bell,
"No one expected 'Part 2' to rival the original, but it delivers a fair number of scares while replicating the eerie tension from the first film."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"An uninspired retread of a horror classic, this tries hard to justify its existence... and fails."
‑ Nev Pierce, Empire Magazine
"It's efficient, and workmanlike enough, but the spark of inspiration that won fans for the first film seems to me pretty much gone."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Thank the sequel for underscoring, in its devastating mediocrity, just how great and special the original was to start with."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"You can practically see the film trying to "color between the lines" laid down in the first film, but there's just enough freshness to keep Part 2 chugging along."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"You won't be missing anything spectacular if you don't catch The Descent: Part 2, for horror fans and those who enjoyed the original, however, it's definitely worth a go."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"It delivers the goods as they say. A third film is surely on the cards, no doubt in 3D. But in order to retain any good will, this series is going to have to do the one thing our Crawler friends have demonstrably failed to do. Evolve."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
"The last half-hour is a tense team scramble to get out, and stay out, but the best move in this above-par shocker is digging right back into the claustrophobic emotional traumas which made Part 1 so thrilling."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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