I recently saw the predecessor to this film, titled THE COLLECTOR, and I have to say that it is one of The Best horror films I’ve seen in the past couple of years. Because I enjoyed it so much, I knew without a doubt that I had to see this follow-up. I’m glad I did because THE COLLECTION is just as entertaining as the first.
If you are not familiar with THE COLLECTION, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Lionsgate press release:
When Elena is talked into attending an underground warehouse party with her friends, she finds herself caught in 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–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.
THE COLLECTION picks up just a very short while after THE COLLECTOR leaves off and even has the same actor for the main character as well. These two attributes are major reasons why the film works so well as a follow-up. Many sequels fail at following in the footsteps of the original film, but this is one that actually meets the high standards set by its predecessor.
The movie is shot well and the production value looks high. The acting is top notch with several screen veterans gracing the credits, including Christopher McDonald and Lee Tergesen. For me, Josh Stewart, who portrays the main character, steals the show. Stewart is an excellent actor and one that I hope to see more of on-screen.
The special effects in THE COLLECTION are the true winner of the film, however. The gore in this film is truly amazing, and there’s plenty of it as well. Skulls are crushed, bodies are hacked up, and The Collector even manages to butcher an entire warehouse full of party-goers at the beginning (this is a particularly brutal yet fun sequence) in one “swipe”. Gore-hounds will definitely need to put this high on their To Watch list.
THE COLLECTION is an excellent follow-up film and I highly recommend giving it a shot. Even with the gore aside, the movie is a taut thriller full of intensity and chilling realism. Check this one out for sure.