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India shivers, six months late

The Descent sequel is one of the Top 20 horror films of the decade.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2010 14:37 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

In 2002, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later sparked off a new wave of small-budget British horror flicks. And in the eight years since, films like Deathwatch, Wilderness, Creep, Dog Soldiers and The Descent have sent shivers down many spines, even as they made money.

Neil Marshall’s The Descent that opened in 2005, grossed about $ 57,051,053 (Rs 26,25,451,126) worldwide, and was voted “one of the scariest movies ever”. The nightmarish tale of ‘six chicks with picks’ was carried forward in a sequel.

Part 2 starts with a bloodied and speechless Sarah Carter (Shauna Macdonald) stepping out of the Appalachian caves, only to be taken back underground by local sheriff Redmond Vaines, to help the rescue team locate her five missing friends. Down in the dark depths, they come face-to-face with a new tribe of deformed Crawlers who are even more viciously feral than the ones Sarah had encountered in part 1.

The Descent 2 debuted in UK theatres last December at No 9 with a gross earning of £313,739 (Rs 21,268,703). Rated as one of the ‘Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade’, the film will open in India, six months later, on July 2. It will release with 50 to 60 prints, in English and dubbed versions in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, across all screens, including the digital ones.

Kamal Jain, managing director, SuperFine Films Pvt Ltd, the Indian distributor, when quizzed on the six-month delay says, “It was delayed because of the non-availability of proper playing time. Also, dubbing the film in the regional languages took time.”

The movie is playing on home video in Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Brazil and the US, where the DVD was released in April 2010. Jain however is unconcerned: “There’s been no circulation of legitimate DVDs in India and we don’t foresee its home video run impacting its box-office collections here,” he argues.

Interestingly, Neil Marshall, the director of the original film, is the executive producer of the sequel. Jon Harris makes his debut as a director after an award-winning editing career. The co-producer, Paul Ritchie, and the casting director, Gail Stevens, were a part of the Slumdog Millionaire team.