Seems that Lionsgate, the US distributors of Neil Marshall's smash UK hit of 2005 The Descent, have taken a bit of artistic licence with the film and slapped in an alternative ending in advance of this autumn's upcoming US release.
However, rest slightly easier in the knowledge that this change has apparently had the wholehearted blessing and involvement of Neil Marshall himself.
Lionsgate president of production Peter Block recently spoke to Fangoria who explained that they had offered Neil Marshall the chance to tinker with the ending.
Block: "“When Neil wrote the script for The Descent, even he wasn’t sure where he wanted to end the movie, because there are two very emotional beats [that close the film]. He [originally] ended it in a way that gives it an intellectual and downbeat approach, but he always wondered how it would play with an ending that had a different impact.
Neil thought it would be cool to see how the other way would play; rarely does a director get this chance. If you add on a scene, it feels like you’re giving a film something extra; if you cut a little bit earlier, it’s not necessarily taking away from the experience, it’s just changing it slightly.”
So, sounds to us (without giving too much away) that they've now dropped the last shot in favour of a far happier and more palatable ending. Shame, but at least more discerning US audiences will still be able to see the original UK version on the 2-disc Amercian DVD when it is released