The Collection: a slasher film of mixed results

Credit: LD ENTERTAINMENTThe Collection is directed by Marcus Dunstan, written by both himself and Patrick Melton. The Collection attempts to make a new horror franchise, but it’s only a movie of poorly mixed results.

Credit: LD ENTERTAINMENTThe Collection is directed by Marcus Dunstan, written by both himself and Patrick Melton. The Collection attempts to make a new horror franchise, but it’s only a movie of poorly mixed results.

The Collection is a sequel to 2009’s The Collector, with the masked murder continuing his macabre rampage. His latest exploits involve the attack of a nightclub, and the kidnap of the only survivor, Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick). Fortunately for Elena, her father is wealthy enough to hire an armed team to search and rescue her with the added help of the pervious film’s protagonist, Arkin O’Brien (Josh Stewart).

The search for Elena leads the team to an abandoned hotel which the killer uses as his lair. Boobytraps, crazed victims, and other creepy set pieces to the killer’s collection help to make this film into a bit of a journey. Anyone who’s ever walked through a Halloween haunted house will realize this film creates a similar experience. While that can be great in some respects, the film unfortunately lacks a lot of what’s necessary to make it a truly noteworthy.

One requirement to make a good slasher film is to create an interesting, intimidating villain, which is the first failure of The Collection. The killer has a bland, black leather mask, speaks almost no dialogue, and mindless violence seems to be his only motivation. He truly lacks any distinguishing features that would help make him a memorable character.

The cinematography also leaves a lot to be desired. Scenes of subtle tension are shot decently, but when action picks up actors are often too close to the camera, or there’s too many jump cuts. It makes it difficult to tell where people are in the scene or what’s happening on the screen.

What can be said in favor of The Collection is that it’s a horror sequel that cares about expanding on the established mythos of the killer and breaks a few of the cliché horror movie tropes. The Collection has aspects that slasher fans will likely enjoy, but little else for other moviegoers.

Rated: R; Running time: 81 minutes




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