2005's really quite excellent The Descent
managed to keep to the classic horror premise: a simple idea used to the absolute maximum to create the most scares it can. It combined the empathy the audience has for a group of unfortunate women with the pulse-racing fear of the dark and a skin-crawlingly good understanding of claustrophobia while also managing to feature bloody creepy monsters.
While original writer/director Neil Marshall might be taking a back seat in the 'executive producer' role (read: doing nothing and still getting paid), he's handed the reigns over to the original film's editor, Jon Harris. This is his directorial debut, so let's take a look at the latest trailer, shall we?
Well, besides the voiceover guy sounding more and more like Tobin Bell's Jigsaw every day, it seems pretty samey. The exact same premise is still here, with the last movie's survivor returning, against all reason and sanity, to the cave system that almsot killed her. The trailer shows plenty of darkness and promises to have lots of death, but doesn't seem to quite have that something special that made the first one such a hit.The Descent: Part 2
sees a UK release on December 4th, with a US release date unconfirmed at the moment.
Now let's compare this to the original: