“Dog Soldiers writer/director Neil Marshall will be wrapping his latest horror film, The Descent, at London’s Pinewood Studios this week,” according to Fangoria. Can Marshall duplicate his success of ‘Soldiers’ after it has received cult status? Only time will tell, read on for the story on his next film… Fangoria writes:
“DOG SOLDIERS writer/director Neil Marshall will be wrapping his latest horror film, THE DESCENT, at London’s Pinewood Studios this week. The Celador Films production concerns a group of women who square off against subterranean monsters in an underground cave. THE DESCENT stars British TV actress Myanna Buring, Craig Conway (a camper in DOG SOLDIERS), CODE 46’s Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Shauna MacDonald, Oliver Milburn, Saskia (THE BEACH) Mulder, Nora-Jane (THE MAGDALENE SISTERS) Noone and Alex (ARACHNID) Reid. The film’s FX are being handled by Paul (COLD & DARK) Hyett, who also created the FX for the Fango films I, ZOMBIE, DEAD CREATURES and THE LAST HORROR MOVIE. Marshall’s DOG SOLDIERS cinematographer Sam McCurdy is shooting the new film, with Paul (DEAD BABIES) Ritchie serving as co-producer.
Here’s the official synopsis: “In a remote mountain range, six female friends meet for their yearly adventure, a caving trip into the arteries of the earth. Leader of the trip is Juno, tough, compelling and dangerous. Along for the ride are Swedish sisters Rebecca and Sam, wild base jumper Holly, and English teacher Beth, who has reluctantly come to look after Sarah. Sarah is still recovering from a total mental breakdown after the deaths of her husband and child one year previously, and needs this trip to reclaim the life she once had.
“It soon becomes clear that Sarah is not fully recovered, and that the hallucinations and memories that have dogged her for the past year are still very much hovering over her. But Juno shrugs off Beth’s worries—Sarah is her best and oldest friend, and she is going to make this work.
“Together, the group makes their way through the remote cave system, enjoying the hazardous but beautiful surroundings. Then, deep inside the cave, disaster strikes when their route back to the surface is blocked by a rockfall. When they learn that Juno, always pushing herself that little bit further, has brought them to an unexplored cave, and that no one is coming to rescue them, the group starts to splinter. But left with no option, they push on through the cave, praying for another exit.
“The women battle through this harsh underground world, pitting their strength and determination against each new challenge. But there is something else lurking under the earth, a race of monstrous creatures hidden from the light, devolved to perfectly live in the dark… As the women realize they have become prey, they are forced to unleash their most primal instincts to face the creatures. But, as old wounds break open and loyalties disintegrate, the women realize the horrible truth—that they have most to fear from one another.”
In other DOG SOLDIERS news, DEATHWATCH writer/director Michael J. Bassett is in talks to helm the sequel, DOG SOLDIERS 2: DEAD MEAT, which should be shooting this spring.”