I actually started writing the review for the first movie in the trilogy The Collector [2009], but I just couldn’t do that to you… Let me explain myself: somehow during the 2009 and subsequent years I didn’t notice The Collector, apart from the poster that triggered something when I started watching The Collection [2012], I guess for good reason. Since now there are two, out of three movies, out, we are just waiting for The Collected, the final movie in the trilogy following a masked serial murderer who collects people (and apparently loves traps and other wicked shit). While the first part failed miserably to create a proper horror atmosphere, and apart from the gore, didn’t manage to be much interesting, the second part is much better. So you are now faced with a dilemma, should you first watch the first part or just skip directly to The Collection? For the most people I recommend to skip the first part since there’s nothing in it that you need to know to follow The Collection, on the other side, if you are a fan of gore and willing to suspend belief, you can check it out, but I warned you.

The Collection PosterHe has a mask and he collects people, he is The Collector. Meet The Collection, comprised of both alive and dead people, tortured and mutilated, now stored in a big hotel, rigged with all kinds of vicious traps. Elena, a daughter of a wealthy businessman, decides to go to an ultra secret party (that apparently is packed with over 600 people), not knowing that The Collector is already there, waiting. Not to mention that he somehow managed to design, construct and deploy one of the more vicious death machines in the world. Elena somehow manages to survive, but is taken by the Collector, while Arkin, the guy who survived the first part, manages to escape. Elena’s father hires a team of trained man, led by Arkin to try to locate and rescue Elena…

Director and the writers decided not to make the sequel so serious as the first part and that decision saved the entire movie. It all starts with a slight nudge to the master Argento and works its way from there, with traps or scenes that are plausible, but just barely, making The Collection a fun horror movie with a lot of gore, much like The Final Destination series. The usual dismembered bodies, contorted and grafted together with great care are a must in a movies like this, I only wish that they paid more attention to the Team, and explained their motives and backgrounds more carefully (for fucks sake, Bubbles is now a trained killer). Anywhoo, The Collection is a fun horror romp, and a nice opener for a movie night, so be sure to check it out…

Director: Marcus Dunstan

Writers:  Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

Cast: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, Lee Tergesen, Randall Archer, William Peltz

Fun Facts: The “Hotel Argento” where the Collector has his victims is most likely a nod to the cult Italian horror director Dario Argento.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1748227/

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