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Exclusive: Full Cast Back For Descent 2
But how, you ask. But HOW?!

13 June 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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WARNING: Spoilers follow for those who haven't seen The Descent.

The sequel to The Descent has caused us much confusion since its impending existence was declared. When it was announced that the movie is in production, it was stated that Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Mendoza would return for the follow-up to Neil Marshall's brilliant horror hit, even though it was strongly suggested that neither would again see daylight at the end of the first film (if you watched the original cut, not the American edit). Want to be further confused? All the girls from the first movie are reprising their roles. So, as well as Macdonald and Mendoza, that would be MyAnna Buring (Sam), Alex Reid (Beth), Saskia Mulder (Rebecca) and Nora-Jane Noone (Holly).

"We're all back, all the girls have made an appearance" we were told by Buring. "I don't know if I'm supposed to tell you this, but we'll all appear in flashbacks. We had that video camera in the first film, remember, so [it's footage from that]. It was last week that we all rocked up on set in Ealing Studios and they'd mocked up these sets that looked like where we'd shot in the first film...so I went back to being Sam for a day".

Buring also cleared up for us just how this movie follows on from the first. She didn't reveal the full plot, but would say, "Yes, we do pick up from the American ending [where Sarah survives]. So Sarah is very much back and we see her going back and her journey again. I have to say, I think it looks awesome. Jon Harris, who's directing is doing an amazing job."

The Descent 2 is a sequel that still gives us pause, since it would seem to betray the ambiguity of the original, which was one of its strongest points, but fingers crossed that it could surprise us all.

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RE: re: Confused?????
I know folks are entitled to thier opinion but how can anyone think the US ending is better than the UK one?   **SPOILER ALERT***   Lets see, you've lost your husband and daughter in a car crash, one year later you go exploring caves, you get caved in, become lost, get attacked by underground cannibals, your friends get eating, you find out your husband was actually cheating on you with your friend and have to fight for your life to escape. Only American audiences would expec More

Posted by broonie at 13:50 on 17 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: Confused?????
I got this out on rental when it was first released so i assume this was the UK version but she makes it out alive and by the sounds of it that only happened in the US version, does anybody know what version we got over here because i'm well confused??? Also where can you get the uncut version from? More

Posted by Hobin Wan Kenobi at 11:03 on 17 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: hughjass The UK ending was sh*t. Give me the US ending any day. I get fed up with horror films where you seemingly have to have no one make it out alive. Life is sh&t enough as it is without having to be reminded of it at the cinema. sp; As opposed to the cliche of having the protagonist escape but be confronted by a dead character sitting next to them? Thats hardly a unique ending. More

Posted by mjscarface at 14:22 on 10 August 2008 | Report This Post

The UK ending was sh*t. Give me the US ending any day. I get fed up with horror films where you seemingly have to have no one make it out alive. Life is sh&t enough as it is without having to be reminded of it at the cinema. More

Posted by hughjass at 22:44 on 17 June 2008 | Report This Post

Hate the Descent
I so disappointed by the Descent. i know Neil marshall is a friend to the critcis but you'd pumped his film up so much I was expecting wonderful things. in fact it was a poor film at best and not in the least bit scary. Monsters that can't see, hear (screaming girls) or distinguish between a rock and someones head are just laughable. Descent 2 is going to be rubbish (as was Doomsday by the way!). More

Posted by PanthersFan at 18:02 on 17 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: Confused?????
L: grucl An early story synopsis I read goes like this: "The protagonist escapes from the nightmare creatures but returns along with a special forces team to kick ass" Sounds familiar? Thought so… ote]   Meh! I said on the original review they should make a sequel where she returns with loads of Marines... only this time the beasties have learnt how to make spears and shit to even it up... More

Posted by DanCurley at 15:59 on 16 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: they are all back
I don't understand this - in both edits she DOES NOT DIE. While it might be suggested that she's proper fucked and down there until she falls asleep and starts snoring, and quickly turned to scran, she could still get out there from the UK cut.   My beef with this is Marshall not being in the director's chair, could turn out proper wank if they get some novice fekker. First one was mind-bastard wreckingly superb, and anyone who says different should be banned from a film forum and More

Posted by DanCurley at 15:57 on 16 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: Confused?????
An early story synopsis I read goes like this:   “The protagonist escapes from the nightmare creatures but returns along with a special forces team to kick ass“   Sounds familiar? Thought so… More

Posted by grucl at 13:53 on 16 June 2008 | Report This Post

re: Confused?????
THe ending where she escapes, drives into a tree etc and then wakes up led on the floor in th cave chatting to her dead daughter is the Good ole Blighty version. when in the final scene you see her run off with a dimming torch. The bad ole Johnny Foreigner version is nowhere as near as good and ends when she stares up at the pile of bones and escapes from what i can remember. Probally just after it fades up to black there is a fanfare and probally someone waiting for her with a space blanket and More

Posted by bigmurds at 09:58 on 16 June 2008 | Report This Post

they are all back
because its a prequel right? I loved dogs soldiers, the descent had its moments, but it was utterly overrated and it looked like a car commercial. and it was too repeitive. More

Posted by mpcdaly at 22:12 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

Confused???
The ending i have seen is the one where Sarah appears to have escaped but then reveals it is a dream ans she is still underground. Which ending is this?? More

Posted by empiregers at 20:36 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

The greatest thing about The Descent 2...
...is that the wonderful Axelle Carolyn has a small part in it. Great woman, great actress. Check out her MySpace page! More

Posted by Toursiveu2 at 13:52 on 15 June 2008 | Report This Post

Sodding Americans
Everything always has to go in their favour even tho this was a British made film to begin with!! Can you imagine Dog Soldiers being Americanised? I dare not think! LEAVE THE DESCENT ALONE!!! THE UK VERSION IS THE BEST!!! I havent seen the US version and frankly I dont want to. More

Posted by Noelg25 at 20:28 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

I love the Descent
And hate the americans. More

Posted by Lupin 3 at 15:16 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

I didn't feel connected to the characters in the first film so why would I care to see their backstory after they've died? They should have started with a new group if they were doing it again. More

Posted by punchdrunk at 11:56 on 14 June 2008 | Report This Post

Original Ending
I still don't see how they could do a sequel but I always took the ending to be that although she did get out the final scene was basically what was going on in her head... and years of therapy ensued. More

Posted by John Uskglass at 18:48 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Huh?
I really don't understand how this is going to appeal to the (intelligent) audience who got the definitive ending... I'm actually annoyed that they changed the ending for the dumb ass american audience...where's the film makers integrity??? and another thing... WHY WOULD SARAH GO BACK!!!!!????!!!!! fuck me.. did she leave her handbag or something?? don't think so.... More

Posted by engymaster at 17:51 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Gotta say..
Didn't you wonder why Americans insisted on a version where someone survived in the first place? God, i hate those Yanks in Hollywood sometimes. The English cut was far superior, and neater, tying up ends to avoid such a thing as a sequal, but we couldn't leave it alone... More

Posted by jonel at 16:37 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Burn Hollywood Burn!!
just goes to show no matter what you right, no matter what you film, no matter what you edit, the Americans will find a way to screw it up and make a sequel/franchise from it. why can't they just leave British cinema alone and concentrate on their own lame tat. i'm getting sick of american sequels to british films and american remakes of british classics. (i will never forgive them for the italian job and get carter) the sooner the present hollywood machine crashes and burns the sooner true fi More

Posted by pickles4uk at 15:06 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

yeah but, what now?
Seriously, what? I can see how it's doable, I can see how that would work, even wth the British (original) nding; but as Chris rock says, You can steer a car with your feet if want to!. . . . that doesn't mean it's a good F***ing idea!" More

Posted by everton at 14:46 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: F'in Americans
The protagonist didn't die on screen even in the British version of the film, so they have license to get her out. The quality of the writing will determine how probable it all seems./align]Perhaps the escape ]the real ending, and the change back to the cave was just a dream. You can be as revisionist as you like with fiction./align]I suppose the ideal way to sort out the ending canon would be to re-run the American ending, do the cut to the British ending and sort it out from there - eith More

Posted by mentalist_air at 14:34 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: F'in Americans
Its a british film but they are going to carry on where the americanversion left off? Talk about betraying your own country. I quite agree with you bigmurds. More

Posted by Ricorodrigeuz at 14:25 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

GODS SAKE why dont they just do a sequel to Terminator 3 and remake Robocop as well while their at it to make it a completely un-original slate of films ... what ?? ... already doing them ?? ... oh shit !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:43 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

dumb
so it sequel to the american edit, it like that scene from friends where of them didnt see the end of old yeller becuase there parent thought it would be too traumatic, in a way i hope it falls flat on its face, it would be like some american producer taking get carter cutting the end of it off so rather it ends with carter strolling down the beach cut to 40 years later and he sitting in a chair saying about how much jaws the revenge sucks, More

Posted by monodogg at 13:41 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: F'in Americans (Se7en SPOILERS!!)
Er, Se7en ended pretty badly. Pitt's pregnant missus had her head lopped off, he shoots John Doe through the head and probably ends up in a loony bin. Not exactly a 'Hollywood' ending is it ? More

Posted by Severen at 13:28 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: So how...
it looked to me like she'd suffered a bit of a head injury, and was just slumped there like in that massive cave not attempting to do anything. i thought it was pretty conclusive that there was pretty much no coming back from it. especially since we'd already had the dream sequence, kidding us that she'd escaped. to have her actually escape would ruin the whole ending. and on the subject of the sequel - i can't believe they're making a sequel to the ne! which will inevitably get released o More

Posted by maffew at 12:58 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: So how...
'What made it a tad different was the fact that the plucky heroine was driven insane at the end and died.' No she didn't. She passed out, daydreamed that he had escaped, woke up as she heard the screams of the cave creatures and carried on crawling through the cave as the camera pans back. The inference being that she's all alone, no chance of escape and will inevitably die down there but leaving it ambiguous enough that there is a very small chance of her escaping..... More

Posted by spyro at 12:51 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: So how...
L: jpt1976 ...do the cast come back when SPOILERS most of them die in the first one? lashbacks. It says so right there in the story. Look, there. *points* More

Posted by Olly Richards at 12:48 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

F'in Americans.
Just because they don't like movies that don't have a happy ending they ruin the rest of the worlds viewing pleasure. When was there an American movie that ended badly (apart from Requiem for a dream) ? and i dont just mean a bad movie. More

Posted by bigmurds at 12:40 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

So how...
...do the cast come back when SPOILERS most of them die in the first one? More

Posted by jpt1976 at 12:39 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Quite an achievement
Given the first was 'Gollum and chums go caving' and was a festering pile of dingo's kideneys. More

Posted by mentat72 at 12:33 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Shite Horror movie
The first one was overated shite. I'm glad the stupid UK ending was changed. It was daft to show someone escape and then reveal it was a dream. Garbage. I will avoid this UK horror shite. More

Posted by Gold Digger at 12:29 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Sounds poor but
...at least it's better than 80s throwback cannibal punks and ripping off John Carpenter's back catalogue. More

Posted by granny at 12:16 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
With Marshall not in the director's chair I can't say I'm too enthused by this.... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 12:03 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
AAARGHHH!!!! What is it with american endings? What made it a tad different was the fact that the plucky heroine was driven insane at the end and died. What's next....Butch and Sundance kill all the Bolivian police and escape? Rick turns Victor Lazlo in and gets the girl? Ok..The Descent wasn't in the same league but you get the point More

Posted by FGT at 11:56 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Bastards. It was a perfect little story. More

Posted by wooz at 11:46 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Meh
Original was shite anyway. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 11:35 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

Surprise us all?
Ever the optimists at Empire towers ain't ya? More

Posted by philthehippoworrier at 11:26 on 13 June 2008 | Report This Post

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