Continuing the handy work of their 2009 offering “The Collector,” yet failing to add little more than a bloated body count to this newest fair condition fright-fest, Dunston and Melton’s “The Collection” gathers up another batch of easy prey eye-candy with the same goals in mind... run them through the grinder.
And while this incarnation finds Dunston and Melton putting the same amount of creativity into it as the movie poster designer must have between the two films, if your can’t miss bucket list of horror specs include gore, gadgets and grisly ways to die, then indeed this collection will leave you browsing for hours. Taken at torture-porn face value, the film delivers enough dire circumstances and decapitations to steadily stay far from the edge of corny carnage. But for those seeking the smart chops of a whodunit style, you’ll instead find only an easy to follow blood trail leading to an even bloodier and more convoluted ending. The extras menu consists of relatively standard features, with a handful of alternate and deleted scenes and the film’s theatrical trailer. The most worthwhile features however are the five featurettes highlighting the 5 main aspects of filmmaking, though these all breeze by at an average of 4+ minutes each, and the audio commentary. The commentary is always good whenever the director has co-written the film, and it shows here, as the Dunston/Melton duo deliver a thoughtful, well-rounded overview. So with second-verse-same-as-the-first style and even more body parts to add to the pile, “The Collection” retains its value as a unique item, but strays away from a “mint in box” payday.
Studio Synopsis: When Elena (Fitzpatrick) is talked into attending an underground warehouse party with her friends, she finds herself caught in a nightmarish trap where the revelers are mowed, sliced and crushed to death by a macabre series of contraptions operated by a masked psychopath. When the grisly massacre is over, Elena is the only survivor. But before she can escape, she is locked in a trunk and transported to an unknown location. Fortunately for Elena, one man—Arkin (Stewart) —knows exactly where she’s headed, having just escaped from there with his life and sanity barely intact. Elena’s wealthy father hires a crack team of mercenaries to force Arkin to lead them to the killer’s lair. But even these hardened warriors are not prepared for what they encounter.
Running Time: 82 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
- Audio commentary with Director/Co-Writer Marcus Dunstan and Co-Writer Patrick Melton
- Five Behind the Scenes mini-featurettes:
*A Director’s Vision
*Makeup and Effects
- Alternate/deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
Central Cast: Josh Stewart | Emma Fitzpatrick | Christopher McDonald | Lee Tergesen | Tim Griffin | Andre Royo
Director: Marcus Dunstan
Central Writers: Patrick Melton | Marcus Dunstan
Theatrical Release: November 30 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: March 26, 2013
Genre: Action | Horror | Thriller
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE