It’s been too long since a movie like this has been in theaters. The Collection is by no means a perfect film, but it certainly is entertaining throughout and tries its damnedest to do something new while expanding the collector’s universe. Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan return as writers with Dunstan also directing.
The Collection completely forgets anything about a slow build up and throws us directly into the fire, er giant rotary blade, within the first 15 minutes. And something has to be said about the opening scene. The full club scene, teased in the trailer, revels in the insane amount of bloodshed as nearly 100 people die. From here, the film hits the ground running and never looks back. The Collection follows Arkin (Josh Stewart) as he is forced into leading a group of mercenaries into the collector’s hotel lair to rescue Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), one of his latest victims. Instead of a small house in the suburbs, Melton and Dunstan ramp up the scope and scale of the entire film and we’re treated to a gigantic hotel filled with traps and zombie-like collected victims.
The collector, bearing his black mask, makes for an incredibly creepy and effective villain. Never saying a word, all we hear from him are creepy bug-like noises any time he gets close to one of his victims. Man, woman, or child, he detests all forms of human life and will kill anyone he wants to for seemingly no reason. And The Collection shows how enormous this maniac’s collection truly is. Heaps of bodies lie in every room, around every corner, and he even has his own gallery of “art” filled with mangled bodies spliced together to create sick and macabre mannequins showcasing his past conquers. Here we see the special effects of the film, most of them practical, if not all, and they are all superbly done.
Due to the rampant pace of the film, there is little to no character development. We already know Arkin from the first film, so it’s not a problem for him, but we don’t really care about any of the other characters. I couldn’t even tell you the name of a single mercenary and I didn’t even know if I liked Elena throughout most of the movie because we’re hardly introduced to her. Even with the lack of character development, the cast does a good job to make up for it. The action and gore go a long way toward making you forget about it too.
While The Collection ends up as more of an action horror compared to its predecessor, I think any fan of the first will enjoy this gruesome ride of terror. It takes a certain suspension of disbelief to get past some of the events in the film, but I didn’t find that much of a problem since the film had me thoroughly entertained from start to finish.