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Vern abseils into THE DESCENT PART 2

Well, they probly shouldn't've made a DESCENT PART 2, but the one they made is not too shabby. It has just the acceptable level of shabbiness. It's by rookie director Jon Harris, who edited the original THE DESCENT and to his credit not DOOMSDAY. I respect them for using the archaic "PART" in the title, and using it correctly. It sure does pick up right where the original left off (well, at least where the American version left off) with the woman Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) back on the surface running around like a Texan after a chain saw massacre. A search team is already looking for them (because Juno is a senator's daughter) and when they find Sarah she's so freaked out she doesn't remember what happened. So they kind of bully her into re-descending with a couple of cops and spelunkers to find her friends. There are many enjoyable elements. The monsters, known (only to me) as wufs (weird underground fuckers) are still cool looking when they get to them. It starts off slow and quiet and works its way up to some savage woman-on-wuf cave fighting. There are several worthwhile moments of disgustingness (done the old fashioned way, without the computers). It seems to keep a strong continuity with Part 2, so the bodies are still in the same places and in one stand-out scene they're forced to use a hanging corpse to swing across a gap. At least one character thread from the first one is continued and brought to fruition. There are a couple surprises. On the other hand though it's not quite as well-executed, not as perfectly claustrophibizing, and of course it doesn't have the same freshness factor. Because it's Part 2. If they were gonna continue the story shouldn't they have had Sarah start out where she got to at the end of Part 1, so there's more progress? In Part 1 she went through alot and grew into a bad bitch who handily beat a wuf to death with a bone, but in this one she starts out timid again, and it's a ways into the movie before she gets that demeanor and knowledge back. That feels like an unnecessary setback. We don't deal with nobody believing her, because she doesn't remember the thing they wouldn't believe her about it. We kind of start over. And what about some escalation? I'm not saying turn it into an ALIENS ripoff, but wouldn't it be more fun to change shit up than to just try to re-do the same kind of thing with some men this time? Instead of coming down unaware again and having to use inadequate spelunking equipment as weapons again and using the same nightvision camcorder again because they find it on the ground, how 'bout they come down with an idea what they're in for and come well-equipped? It would still be difficult to deal with those blind bastards, especially if they cut deeper into the nest and got overwhelmed. And they can't blow the place up without it all coming down on top of them. The good news, I think, is that they don't introduce some new Superwuf that's bigger or has different abilities. I mean that's bad in that it's the same shit again but it's good in that it would seem like a pretty forced sequel formula if they did it. Maybe we could've seen some babies though, or wufllings I believe they're called. I bet they'd be adorable. I wonder if they are human baby sized or if they fit inside a thimble. Also good news: they don't reveal that they're part of a secret government program or from space or any stupid shit like that. I guess they do kind of reveal... something. Well, I'm not sure I get what happens late in the game. But it's something. If they decide to make a part 3 I hope it's about they catch one of those things and try to use it as a police witness, but one of the detectives is real scarred and lonely because he had a son who died in a car accident so he takes it home, puts clothes on it and starts to home school it, and then it turns out to be a piano prodigy or a really good baseball player or something, but unfeeling state bureaucrats try to put it in a foster home or a zoo and there's a big emotional court battle. But the state wins so they realize they have to put him back underground before he gets taken into custody. And then once a year the detective goes spelunking and meets his boy in a special place and they play catch. Then in part 4 he doesn't show up one year because he's been set up for a crime he didn't commit so the wuf has to come to the surface and pass for human long enough to prove he's innocent and get revenge. Or they could just have some different people go into the cave and get eaten. We'll see which approach they prefer. Anyway, THE DESCENT PART 2 is not a total embarrassment. It's on DVD Tuesday, same day that my new book Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer!, which may or may not be a total embarrassment, comes out. thanks everybody Vern

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  • April 26, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    The Sequel

    by unkempt_sock

    looked kinda cool.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    Im a Douche!

  • April 26, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    I'm a failed Douche! All hail unkempt_sock. Douche Supreme!

  • April 26, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    So it's like the Mega Man games

    by turketron_2

    She has none of the abilities from the previous one.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by LordPorkington

    You're being a bit harsh on yourself calling yourself a douche. Personally, I think you're a fucking stupid cunt shouting 'First', more so because you're actually second. The Descent? It was okay, but hardly warrants a sequel.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Vern's reviews

    by theGoldbergV

    best thing on the site

  • April 26, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Shauna McDonald

    by Henry Fool

    It would have been so much better to begin with her still in the cave, like in the original. That doesn't mean she'd have had to stay in there, it would have been awesome to make the sequel her story of continued survival, probably by having her encounter members of the rescue crew and further exploring the cannibal cutlure, taking us deeper into their lair. They dropped the ball by using the edited ending. I won't see this piece of crap and wish it had never been made.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Fuck This Premise

    by BobParr

    They make her go back into the unchartered cave?? Let's put Sigfried's (or was it Roy?) head back in the lion's (or was it a tiger) mouth. What could possibly happen?

  • April 26, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST



    The first is the best pure horror movie of the last ten years .... This is just about the worst.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    The Mega Man joke made me laugh hard!

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Doesn't happen often that a talkback comment rivals a Vern review. Cheers, man!

  • April 26, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Does she Re-Descent?

    by BobParr

    Of course she descented into a primitive killer to escape in the first one, but will she be able to do it again? I just don't know.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Wufs, heh

    by Gwai Lo

    Yeah I wasn't too hot on this one. The amnesia device kind of made it irreversibly retarded right from the get go. I guess they needed a reason to get her back in there, but conveniently forgetting everything that happened in Part 1 is kind of lame. And the cops decision to bring her down there was just foolish on the cops' part, the whole investigation was kind of illogical. And some of the character thread holdover stuff from Part 1 was kind of a stretch. The non-plot parts (ie the horror and action) were pretty faithful to Part 1, but not much new overall.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Lol like shit

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Well not technically cuz im in a tattoo shop and i think it would be weird if i just started "lolin"... part three and four was funny and the "wuflings i believe theyre called"

  • April 26, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    And lol on mega man comparison

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • April 26, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    ok..but overrated

    by FleshMachine

    i expected greatness from all the hype. in the end i thought..meh..whatever.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I wondered WTF happenend to Vern on these boards

    by Stalkeye

    He's now an author extrodinaire.Anyway,I'm now curious to check this sequel out..that and UniSol Regeneration.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I love the Mega Man games

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Flashman's level in Mega Man 2 had the coolest theme music.<BR><BR>Oh, and The Descent 2 will bite ASS. What an asinine concept. You have a screaming, traumatized woman covered in blood...and you're going to force her to take you back to the nest IMMEDIATELY upon finding her?! At least Aliens had a brief period of Ripley re-integrating herself into society before they sicced her on the aliens again.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    wuflings do fit in thimbles

    by jupstin

  • April 26, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I thought the first one was scarier before the monsters showed u

    by Rev. Slappy

    You knew they were in there somewhere and all the tight spaces and claustrophobia were very effective.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Vern, supreme lord of all reviews

    by zillabeast

    I would read Vern's review on a flushing urinal if he were ever so inclined to create one.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Is it about a 1080 Degree Spaceship?

    by Squashua

    If not, I don't want to see a movie called DESCENT. Even if it is decent.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    by Dijjot

    "If they decide to make a part 3 I hope it's about they catch one of those things and try to use it as a police witness, but one of the detectives is real scarred and lonely because he had a son who died in a car accident so he takes it home, puts clothes on it and starts to home school it, and then it turns out to be a piano prodigy or a really good baseball player or something, but unfeeling state bureaucrats try to put it in a foster home or a zoo and there's a big emotional court battle. But the state wins so they realize they have to put him back underground before he gets taken into custody. And then once a year the detective goes spelunking and meets his boy in a special place and they play catch. Then in part 4 he doesn't show up one year because he's been set up for a crime he didn't commit so the wuf has to come to the surface and pass for human long enough to prove he's innocent and get revenge." Best non-sequiter I've read in my life.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    The first movie had nothing to do with the Jeff Long book.

    by palimpsest

    You might as well claim it rips off SUBWAY because both feature underground stuff. Sheesh.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by LordPorkington

    Does that mean lostboytexass now has to eat some ass? Please say it does. Make him do it, make him do it!

  • April 26, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Also, I'd love to see a Subway movie...

    by LordPorkington

    $5 Footlong, now in 3D. SWEET!

  • April 26, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    So it's "part 2" in the same sense that...

    by kevred

    ...rewinding a videotape back to the beginning and watching it over again is a "part 2" to our original viewing?<p>Not sure I get the strategy. If you haven't seen the first one, all the close tie-ins to the original won't work so well. And if you have seen the original, why would you want the same story over again?<p>If they think the original didn't get enough attention, this seems like an odd way to address that. if people see this one and get curious about the original, they'll go back and see basically the same film. Hmm.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    That's a good name for a book

    by Bileranter

    totally ignoring everything else, well done!

  • April 26, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Did I watch a different movie??

    by Rush1031

    Ok, maybe Im thinking a different movie but didnt The Decent end with the crazy chick in the cave surrounded by the wufs? I could have sworn that the creatures were in her head and SHE was actually the one killing everyone. What the fuck was I watching if not The Decent??

  • April 26, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    no rush, you are just stupid

    by Waka_Flocka

    this film isn't too bad especially for a stv sequel (althouhg i think it got a limited release over here), i'd only recommend watching it if you're a horror completist...or bored.

  • April 26, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    WTF Waka?

    by Rush1031

    What the fuck was that for Waka? Im not fucking stupid. I just wanted to know what fucking movie I was watching. Obviously I was watching a different movie and I wanted to know what the movie I was watching was, and theres no reason to be a douche about it. How about just answering the question? Prick

  • April 26, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    What Waits Below/Secrets Of The Phantom Caverns

    by Waka_Flocka

    is more of an inspiration for the descent

  • April 26, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    how was he dead on correct

    by Waka_Flocka

    you pair of mutants?

  • April 26, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Vern... This Will Bring Back Some Memories...Trust Me

    by EnderIsBackToSmiteOnceMoreIntoTheBreachDearFags I hope this link works. This was the Epic review of Chaos, with Juggfuckler, Rambo Quotes, my old user name, witty snide comments, Physical threats from movie directors, the whole nine yards. Enjoy...

  • April 26, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    and if you get that upset at being called stupid

    by Waka_Flocka

    you need to stay off the internet. wowsers

  • April 26, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by EnderIsBackToSmiteOnceMoreIntoTheBreachDearFags

    Write more reviews Vern, seriously. I write script reviews for my boss I should send to you guys, but fuck me I dont want to get sued by the WGA..

  • April 26, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The Wufs are called...

    by SminkyPinky

    Crawlers. So the filmmakers say on the DVD of the original movie. Brilliant movie (they type of thing we should be doing more of in the UK) but don't think I'll waste my time with this one.

  • April 26, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    PART 2

    by Toilet_Terror

    Sounds strangely formal, as if the sequel was always expected.

  • April 26, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Getting it Tomorrow from Netflix

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Watching the original again tonight to refresh my memory. I'm mildly claustrophobic so this kind of movie would be scary even without the monsters!

  • April 26, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Vern - Descent 3 is called Powder.

    by vic twenty

    I always wondered where that goofy bastard came from. <p> Thanks Vern!!

  • April 26, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    No, it's pretty crappy

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Just the fact that Juno is alive should piss you all off, but the premise that the very next day everyone and their brother is looking for them when they went on a WEEKEND trip just puts it over the top for me. It's completely unneccesary. Just have tSarah get to the surface and find the police. Why isn't that enough to get a team down there looking?</p><p>The sequel is just by the numbers bullshit. I had my problems with the first film, but at least it wasn't boring like this one.

  • April 26, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    WUFS = Comedy Gold

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Thanks, Vern. The applicability of your acronym is limitless.

  • April 26, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    EnderIsBackToSmiteOnceMoreIntoTh eBreachDearFags

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You have been gone too long, sir. Smite on!

  • April 26, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks Gaius

    by EnderIsBackToSmiteOnceMoreIntoTheBreachDearFags

    It's good to be back Sir

  • April 26, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Holy shit those sequel ideas are MINT

    by D.Vader

    I really and desperately want to see them go bugnuts and make those sequels.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    VERN! What Happened to the Coaxial Column?

    by RaRoMo

    It's no longer showing up as the right-most column. Just blank space. Is this a coding error?

  • April 26, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    so it's Aliens?

    by Judge Briggs

  • April 26, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    weird underground fuckers

    by Gungan Slayer


  • April 26, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Vern, where the fuck have you been?

    by cossack_says_die

    I haven't read a review from you on this site, since, I don't know when. They are still the best reviews tho.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    worst. ending.

    by RaveX


  • April 26, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Vern's been tied up

    by MR. MURDOCH

    preparing Segal's legal defense. Haha. You thought I was going to suggest something else, eh? WE MISS YOU, VERN!!

  • April 26, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Prays for a Wuf sex scene...

    by performingmonkey

    That girl who played Juno in the first one, fucking hot! and she better get sweaty again this time.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Vern, you getting soft

    by eazy x

    The gore was ok but other than that it was some horrible shit. No relatable characters, no interesting story and no coherent action (again, the same shit of quick editing of extreme close ups in almost total darkness - fuck that shit already). Doesn’t come close to Marshal’s original.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    The first Descent movie

    by smackfu

    disturbed me in ways I did not think a movie could. To me that movie was a real achievement in that respect. The first horror movie I saw since I was a kid that actually rattled my nerves, and it wasn't the monsters that did it, it was the amazing claustrophobic atmosphere.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Has Jeff Noon sued them yet?

    by Wookie_Weed

    Seriously, it's such a blatant rip off of his book, he has a strong case.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Since many people here don't seem to realize

    by Gwai Lo

    Vern has his own websight and posts reviews almost daily:

  • April 26, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Marked For Death is now available on instant Netflix

    by BumLove

    And I will commence watching it right now in honor of this article.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I'm 2 minutes into Marked For Death....

    by BumLove

    ...and it's already unintentionally hilarious. Seagal is chasing a young Danny Trejo's down the streets of Mexico (or California) and he's pushing Mexicans out of the way who aren't even in his way. Sometimes he stops, runs towards the nearest Mexican, and pushes him to the ground. After duct-taping Danny Trejo's mouth and locking him in a car trunk, he's talking to an obligatory character named Chico.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    ending of part 1

    by Vern

    I forget what the original ending was, but when it was released in the U.S. it was with a new ending, and that's what the DTV sequel follows up on. Or at least the one I saw. Maybe they made a different one for everywhere else in the world.<p> For his part Neil Marshall was so angered by the changed ending that he decided to punish humanity by making his next movie be fucking DOOMSDAY.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Original ending...

    by OGoncho

    She 'wakes up' after the jump scare in the car and she's still in the caves, only now her dead daughter is sat in front of her with a birthday cake. You hear the wufs from deeper in the tunnels heading her way and the shot zooms out on her sat there alone/with her kid. <br><br> I love you Vern, and I've already pre-ordered your book (even though I've damn near read everything that'll be in it already) but I love the first Descent so this film does not exist to my mind.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I liked DOOMSDAY..

    by KHjLL

    just wished the CASTLE dwellers would have normal clothes and the PA or FX guys would have use a brown and black marker at least to color in their teeth to look old and warn out.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    "they lifted the world of Descent"

    by BangoSkank

    Um, no. Though the set-up certainly has similarities.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Utter shit

    by Lost Jarv

    Unforgivably so. A fucking atrocious film.

  • April 27, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Rush and Waka

    by Lost Jarv

    No Rush, you're not stupid. You are actually correct- that is a valid interpretation of the proper version of the original. <P>Waka, on the other hand has either only seen the American ending or IS stupid. And this isn't STV. For the rest of the world, it had a proper release.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by BobParr

    Your interpretation of the film would have merit with the US ending (she escapes and sees the dead chick in the car) but doesn't hold up with the UK version where the creatures are about to rip her apart.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    It was awful.

    by shaneo632

    Poor sequel to a great original.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    exactly bob.

    by Waka_Flocka

    jarv you've actually made yourself look fucking stupid by mentioning the american ending you dum dum and realistically nothing suggested she did it all herself. we have the dead animal bones, the fact other characters see the monsters first. the fact the main character actually does kill someone (or so we think). the fact both of the main women are in the sequel and the humanoids are still down there... shall i go on. only a twat would think it was in her head.

  • April 27, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Oh really, fuckhead?

    by Lost Jarv

    Because I reckon that the imagery and the look on her face with the monsters in the background is more suggestive that the monsters don't exist. His is a completely valid interpretation, and only a twat would disregard it in a film as nuanced as the British Descent.<P>Only a twat would take the soulless hackery of the cash in sequel as a reflection on the first film. <P>Only a twat would EVEN consider the redundant "both main women are in the sequel armgument" <P>So, I guess you are that twat. <P>Cretin.

  • April 27, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Vern

    I didn't realize that this was released in theaters in the rest of the world. That's weird that they would give it less of a release in the one part of the world that had the ending that they based the sequel on. Doesn't make alot of sense.<p> I gotta admit if I had paid to see it in a theater I probly would've been a little harder on it. When looking at it strictly as a DTV sequel it seems passable, but I can see why you guys would be disappointed.<p> Anyway, just wanted to say that. You can go back to calling each other twats and cretins over your different interpretations of the ending. Just don't let it go on for thousands of years like the disagreements over interpretations of religious texts.

  • April 27, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Why i'm not going to watch this movie

    by AsimovLives

    Becasue it's a direct sequel to the american domestic version. a version of THE DESCENT i really disliked. To me, there is only one THE DESCENT, and that's the proper persion, also known t americans as the international version. and that's a stand-alone movie that has no need of a sequel.<br><br>Have fun with this movie, i have absolutly no desire to watch it whatsoever.

  • April 27, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Vern, i'll never understand your hate of DOOMSDAY

    by AsimovLives

    It's so out of character from what we know of you.

  • April 27, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    sorry..I've heard what they did with Sarah and

    by just pillow talk

    someone else, and it's ridiculous. <p>Totally unnecessary sequel to the first part that shouldn't have ended the way it did in the U.S. version.

  • April 27, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I hate to agree with something that Lost Jerk has said, and i'll have to wash myself and take vaccinnes afterwards, but there is one point he is actually right (i can't fucking believe i'm writing this!), and that's the notion that THE DESCENT does entertain the idea that much of what is happening in the movie is a demented delusion. Director Neill Marshall entertained that idea, and he even shot a scene when Sarah is in the hospital after her car crash where she would see the sinouette of a crawler at the end of the corridor. It's that scene when the corridor lights then start to shut down as if persueing Srah. But then Marshall changed ideas and CGI removed the crawler form the scene.<br><br>Marshall has always been pretty welcoming of the notion that the wntire mvoie migth just be an allucination from Sarah while she's in a comma after her accident. Or that she is allucinating stuff while in the cave and she got mad, lost any sens eof reality and she started killing her spellucking pals. But it seems that evne if he deosn't openly contradicts those notions, it's not what he thinks what is movie is about. Seems his idea is that what happens onscreen is what it is. Literally.<br><br>But all this intepretations is what makes this movie so much fun. The movie is smart and subtle enough that it can give rise to this interpretations,a nd still offers enough reasons for them to have some plausability. It enriches the movie. Makes it a far more rewarding experience then most other horror movies around.<br><br>My view of the movie is that what we see is what you get. But i'll not go down and dirty on anybody who has a more ellictical interpretation of that movie. The movie certainly feeds them enough reasons for their reasoning. I don't agree, but i'll not put it down either.<br><br>Man, i love THE DESCENT! Love it, love it!

  • April 27, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    just pillow talk

    by AsimovLives

    What happeend with THE DESCENT and how it was re-edited for the american market irritates me to no end. This people from an american company decided that tneir own compatriots were too dumb to accept the original tue ending of that movie and decided to recut it to resemble more a typical slasher ending. This americans think that their fellow americans are a bunch of retard idiots. That shit irritates me. Infuriates me. It's not just the hubris, which is insulting like hell, but that made them change one of the best endings in recent years,and thus fucking up and ruining a whiole movie. a whole VERY GOOD movie. I tell you, the ending of THE DESCENT is one of the most important reasons why that mvoie raises from pretty good to excelent. That ending elevates the movie like few do. I'm not dismissing anythignt hat went before. The movie is very good through and through. But the ending as it is, inthe international release, not only subverts the false ending, but it completly elevates th whole movie, raising it to an operatic level that just the perfect emotional resomance to the whole story. It is the ending that should.<br><br>The american distributors in their unmeasurable hubris, they decided that americans who go to the mvoies are idiots and thus ruin a movie with a dumb decision. Well, the american distributors got one thing wrong: it's not the american audiences who are the idiots, they are. I'm not american,and what this distributors did fills me with contemp and revolt. How dare they?

  • April 27, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Didnt this come out ages ago?

    by MandrakeRoot

    I seem to recall reading awful reviews for this months and months ago.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    haha lostjarv, get the sand out your vagina

    by Waka_Flocka

    as asimov has stated they entertained the notion but the final product is exactly what i said. monsters underground. now go punch yourself in the face you irate cretin.

  • April 27, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Well, I guess I'm a retard then, Asimov

    by Vern

    I don't know what the politics were of them changing the ending, but I personally think it plays better ending without the "fuck you, nobody gets out alive, ha ha ha suckers" ending. I think it's very satisfying to see her get out of there by the skin of her teeth, and to just throw her back in is kind of a cheap shot.<p> As for DOOMSDAY, you have read enough of my stuff to know that I don't like action scenes that are all shot in closeup with edits done at random and that give no sense of geography or movement. I also hate movies where the story and characters are boring so you wait for the action scenes but then when the action scenes start they're so terrible that you can't wait for them to end. So I don't think it's uncharacteristic of me to hate DOOMSDAY.<p> DOG SOLDIERS was okay though.

  • April 27, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    ahh vern...

    by jason baum

    don't even acknowledge that piece of shit. he's just looking for that kind of response, but you don't need me to tell you that. congrats on the book!

  • April 28, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Wow, I disagree with Vern

    by David Cloverfield

    Got to be the first time.

  • April 28, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Is it worse than THE CAVE?

    by palimpsest

  • April 28, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Sand out of my Vagina?

    by Lost Jarv

    Clown. Why am I arguing with this submoron? Do things have to be so unambiguous for you? Stick to Hostel.<p>Oh, and fuck off goatfucker. I don't need or want your support.

  • April 28, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    Yeah, it was a strange call. We ignored it, but it was a fairly large hit in continental Europe so expect to see The Descent 3: Even more Soulless coming soon. <P>And what about the chickenshit ending of this pile of wank?

  • April 28, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    It's quite strange you would rather prefer the watered-down, compeltly missing the point ending of the american version over the real ending of the movie. If a character survives by the ending of the movie or not shouldn't be the point. The point should be what is the best, more true emotional beat to finish that tale. And that's the original, true ending, not the american one.<br><br>People have used the "but it's not a happy ending, she gets crazy by the end of theamerican ending too". Oh yeah, and as oposed to what? The happy ending in the international version? in that you have an unhappy ending where the main character completly loses any sens eof reality whatsoever. But the great beauty of the international ending is it's complexity. It's complex the same way the ending of BRAZIL is complx, in that you have two endings in one, both a happy and an unhappy ending. From our point of view, it's unhappy and sad because the main character will die while insane. But in her own head, she is reunited to her beloved child. That's an ambitious ending. that's a smart ending. And mroe important of all, it's an ending that's true to her character. It's an ending that serves the character and story mroe then serves any supposedly desire from us as audience. The international version of THE DESCENT is a movie where you have to be participative, you have to go with the road with the movie. The americna ending makes the movie a passive experience that jsut repeats something done a million times before and compeltly undermined all the great work that went before.<br><br>As for DOOMSDAY, frankly, i have a better opinion of it then you do. The close up quarters fight scenes in the movie didn't bothered me all that much. Sure, i would had prefered them in a mroe traditional presentation, but frankly, of all the fight stuff in close quaters made in today's movies, the stuff in DOOMSDAY deosn't bother me. It doesn't bother me because even if i took that as a fault, there's till too much good stuff in that mvoie to get over it. If anything, ym major problem with DOOMSDAY is the editing outside the action stuff, because it's too fast-paced. And the obstructive and intrusive music composed by that guy Tyler Bates which i really don't like at all. I really am not a fan of the editing of the non-action scenes in DOOMSDAY. It's as if Neill Marshall had lost confidence in his skills as a filmmaker. He would had done better if he had edited DOOMSDAY as he did DOG SOLDIERS. That was one very good edited movie.<br><br>And it's great to know you liked DOG SOLDIERS.

  • April 28, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    David Cloverfield

    by AsimovLives

    It's not often that i disagree with an opinion of the Venerable Vern, either. Except about Steven Segal, there's yet a Segal movie that i liked.