Based on the new trailer for The Descent: Part 2 alone, I’m not willing to completely write off the sequel to one of the best horror movies of the decade. It’s difficult to tell, really, what to expect: The trailer, necessarily, will focus on the kills and the blood. The original Descent, however, was more about tension, suspense, and claw-at-your throat, shit-in-your pants terror, which is something that you couldn’t capture in a trailer in any respect. My fear, unfortunately, is that it will turn more into a monster movie that focuses too much on the horror cum shots, and not enough on the quiet, terror-filled moments in between.
Neil Marshall, who directed the original, bailed on this one (he’s serving as a producer), but he’s promised that he’s left the film in capable hands, Jon Harris, who edited the first movie (in addition to the exceptional Starter for 10 and the upcoming Kick-Ass). I’m more worried about the writers. There are three of them (none of them with any notable credits), and three writers are hardly ever better than one. It may very well be a cash-in job, but if it is, it’ll likely work in eliciting my movie money in the off chance that The Descent Part 2 is half as good as the original.
Check out the trailer: