Directed by Marcus Dunstan
Written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan
Based on characters created by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan
When last we saw Arkin (Josh Stewart, The Dark Knight Rises, The Haunting of Molly Hartley) he was being stuffed into a trunk by the titular serial killer in The Collector (2009). Now at the beginning of The Collection, Arkin escapes the Collector only to find himself forced back into the fray by a group of mercenaries lead by Lucello (Lee Tergesen, Monster, No One Lives), the right hand man of Mr. Peters (Christopher McDonald, Thelma & Louise, Requiem for a Dream) whose daughter, Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick, The Social Network, In Time) has become the Collector’s latest captive. As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Hurt they do, as the Collector leads them all through a merry maze of traps that would make Jigsaw proud; which is no big surprise considering that writer-director Marcus Dunstan (The Collector) and writer Patrick Melton were the writing team for Saw IV, V and VI). There’s even a scene with a wheat thresher that rivals the cable scene in Ghost Ship for coolest opening kill in a horror film.
The Collection is well-acted, well-written and well-directed. It’s gory enough to keep it interesting, which is always a plus. The minus to the film is that I felt no emotional attachment to the characters in the film. I didn’t care whether they lived or died. The only connection I felt was in wondering what horrendous way they would meet their demise. Most of the time as I watched I kept thinking that the last 60 minutes felt like a survival-horror video game. I’m going to go through this door and find this; I’m going to turn this corner and find that; if I can get to that trunk I’m going to get an extra life or some other sort of power-up to keep me going. The trouble is two-fold; I’ve felt more emotionally attached to the characters I’ve played as in video games than I did the characters in The Collection. The other trouble is that like those characters I am always getting killed. Oh well, there’s always the reset button. It’s too bad The Collection doesn’t have that option. Oh wait, it does; it’s called the stop button.
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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