The Collection is a standard-order slasher flick

The Collection

Forrest Hartman

Forrest@ForrestHartman.com

The Collection
1½ stars
Rated R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and brief nudity
Lionsgate
Available on: DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and on demand

Horror films about diabolical mass murderers are ever-present, but only a few are worth the time required to view them. “The Collection,” a sequel to the 2009 film “The Collector,” is a standard-order slasher flick that does little to set itself apart.

Directed and co-written by Marcus Dunstan, “The Collection” takes over where “The Collector” left off, but one needn’t watch the original movie to understand what’s going on. The action centers on a whacked-out uber-villain who kills multitudes of people in ridiculously gruesome ways. His trademark, however, is that he leaves one person alive, so he can add him or her to his “collection.”

The latest person to be kidnapped is Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), a young woman who lives alone with her doting father (Christopher McDonald). When Emma is taken, a victim from the first movie – Arkin (Josh Stewart) – is inadvertently freed, making him the first person to escape the killer’s grasp.

This sets the stage for a twist. Emma’s father asks a long-time friend and employee, Lucello (Lee Tergeson), to attempt a rescue. In hopes of completing the request, Lucello rounds up a group of vigilantes and convinces Arkin to take them to the murderer’s lair. Trouble is, the hunters quickly become the prey because every inch of the facility is booby trapped.

It’s nice to see a slasher film where at least some of the characters are actively attempting to hunt and kill the bad guy. Too often, victims in such movies just passively wait to get picked off. On the whole, however, “The Collection” isn’t particularly inventive. The unnamed killer dispatches countless victims in horrible ways, moving ever-closer to a climactic showdown with Arkin, Lucello and Elena.

People who go to horror films primarily for the gore may find some enjoyment in “The Collector,” but fans of strong plotting and intellectual chills will be better served elsewhere.

DVD and Blu-ray extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and an audio commentary with Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton.

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