Women go down into a cave and get eaten by albino monsters. That's a delicious recipe, isn't it? Neil Marshall really put the screws to us in the The Descent when it was released in 2005. Those gibbering, feral things that the amateur spelunkers fall prey to are the stuff of nightmares, packed into a claustrophobic box. Lost, trapped, hunted, and plagued with interpersonal drama, there were so many salvos fired at us that made this flick a real teeth-grinder. Much like Aja's Haute Tension, however, the receiver dropped the ball in the end zone. I've had endless debates about the UK vs the US endings, but both of them made me want drop the movie into a chasm and hope it never finds its way out. Let the Morlocks have the whole damned thing. I was just that frustrated with it. 2009 saw the release of the Descent: Part 2 over in the UK. Helmed by Jon Harris in his virgin voyage in the director's chair, the story picks up right where the first left off.

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 her friends' blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions. 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. Subjected to the suspicion and mistrust of the group and confronted once more by the inbred, feral and savagely ruthless Crawlers, Sarah must draw on all her inner reserves of strength and courage in a desperate final struggle for deliverance and redemption.
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