The Collection

  • Review Date: November 28, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

Common Sense Media says

"Torture porn" sequel packed with bloody, gory deathtraps.
  • Review Date: November 28, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though things get off on the wrong foot and sometimes fall apart, there are some examples of characters successfully working together and trusting one another. They keep attempting to solve a difficult and deadly puzzle.

Positive role models

One character, after showing cowardice and selfishness, learns to help others. The female lead, who has a slight disability (deafness, with a hearing aid in one ear), shows strength and empathy for others in a tough situation.

Violence

A young woman is kidnapped and held prisoner, but she escapes before she's tortured. (A few other young women aren't as lucky.) An entire roomful of dancing people is mown down and sliced up by a huge rotating blade. Viewers see several decapitations and severed limbs. Many other characters die in deadly booby traps; they're stabbed, squished, or chopped up. There's lots of blood, including spurting and spraying. Dead bodies are shown in various states of mutilation (though these seem more like hideous sculptures than actual humans). A dog is stabbed in the head and then decapitated. Guns are fired at a horde of mindless, zombie-like creatures.

Sex

A topless young woman -- a background character -- is briefly shown during a dance club sequence. Also during this sequence, the camera lingers on body parts -- hips, stomachs, etc. -- while young people dance. Some kissing is shown. (The main character's boyfriend cheats on her.) A mutilated body with naked breasts is shown, though it's more like a gruesome sculpture than anything human.

Language

Language isn't very frequent but does include several uses of "f--k" and a use of "d--k."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A secondary character is shown passed out in a chair with a glass of alcohol (Scotch?) nearby.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Collection (sequel to The Collector) is a "torture porn" movie made by veterans of the notorious Saw series. Though it's perhaps not quite as sadistic as other entries in the genre, there's definitely no shortage of grisly violence -- for example, a scene in which an entire club of dancing young people is mown down by a giant rotating blade. There's tons of blood (spraying and spurting included) and severed limbs and heads. A young woman is kidnapped, guns are fired, and a dog is (seemingly) stabbed and decapitated. A topless woman is briefly shown, and there are some other mildly sexual situations. "F--k" is used several times, as are other salty words. The previous film was something of a sleeper, so only hardcore horror fans are likely to be interested.

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Kids say

What's the story?

The "Collector" from the first movie is still at large, and a thief, Arkin (Josh Stewart), who infiltrated his lair, is still a prisoner. When the Collector sets a huge deathtrap for dozens of young people -- in the form of a hot dance party -- Arkin escapes. Unfortunately, pretty Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) becomes the villain's next prisoner. Elena's wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) sends out an elite rescue squad, who enlist the reluctant Arkin to find and navigate the Collector's hideout. But what happens when superior firepower and bravery are no match for the Collector's treacherous deathtraps?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Writer/director Marcus Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton worked on several of the Saw movies, as well as Piranha 3DD, and their taste for torture and extreme gore carries over to THE COLLECTION. Possibly to their credit, the gore isn't as strong here as in other entries in the "torture porn" subgenre, with the movie instead focusing on inventive and imaginative set design, like something out of a gruesome Halloween haunted house.

Creepy traps lurk around every corner, and displays of mutilated bodies formed into new shapes can cause chills, even without the benefit of characters or a story. Unfortunately, that's where The Collection falters. The characters have wooden personalities, and their behavior can best be described as "unthinking." The villain, likewise, has no personality and feels like a dull rip-off of slasher villains from the 1970s and 1980s. With no emotional pull, the movie quickly grows stagnant, and no amount of creative gore can save it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Collection's violence. How intense is it? Is it scary, suspenseful, or just disgusting?

  • What's the appeal of "torture porn" horror movies?

  • How do the filmmakers treat the heroine's disability? Is she a role model?

  • What are the best examples of teamwork in this movie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 30, 2012
DVD release date:March 26, 2013
Cast:Christopher McDonald, Emma Fitzpatrick, Josh Stewart
Director:Marcus Dunstan
Studio:LD Entertainment
Genre:Horror
Run time:82 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and brief nudity

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Teen, 16 years old Written bytroller1 March 31, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

not bad

this movie is great perfect for a two year old there is only a little violence i wathed it with my 5 year old cousin he did not get scared one bit
Parent Written byShivom Oza December 13, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

The Collection (2012) Review by Shivom Oza – All Blood And Gore, No Real Substance

The horror film, ‘The Collection’, revolves around a serial killer, The Collector (the film is a sequel to the 2009 film, ‘The Collector’), who kills all victims but one, whom he kidnaps. This time, it’s a young girl called Elena. The film is interspersed with instances of blood, violence and gore. There is no real motive shown for the actions of the Collector in this film. So, you have plenty of mindless slayings on show here! Watch, if you prefer this genre. Elena Peters (Emma Fitzpatrick) is taken by her friends to a secret party at a dingy-looking discotheque. Here, she sees her boyfriend making out with another woman. Distraught, she punches the guy and storms off and locks herself in a room. Here, she discovers a red trunk and opens it to find an injured man. This man, Arkin (Josh Stewart), severely injured, has been locked away in the trunk by the faceless Collector (Randal Archer). Elena, who panics on seeing Arkin spring out of the box, steps on a trip wire. This initiates a series of traps. Suddenly, you have a huge rotating mechanism with knives run through the dance floor, shearing hundreds of young men and women. Next up, hundreds of small swords are flung at the others, who get stabbed and die instantly. Finally, the rest of the survivors are trapped inside a small room and are smashed by the lowering ceiling. On top of the ceiling, you spot the Collector for the first time. While Arkin jumps out of a window and escapes, Elena gets abducted by the serial killer. Arkin, who injures himself by valiantly jumping out of the window and is admitted to a hospital, is threatened by mercenaries, hired by Elena’s father, to help them search for the girl. So, all of them set off for this deserted location where the Collector keeps his collections. You get to see arms, limbs among other body parts stacked at one place. Trunks, similar to the one Arkin was trapped in, are seen all around this place. There are living humans at this place too. However, they have been tortured and drugged heavily, leading them to becoming violent themselves. The film doesn’t have any plot or purpose. All it encompasses is blood, violence and gore. While the action has been very well conceived, shot, edited and consequently, pulled off, the film relies a lot on its 82-minute length to keep the engagement factor alive. While you don’t need acting geniuses to pull off such a film, the actors playing Elena and Arkin, have been performed quite nicely. The film is close-in line with the ‘SAW’ films. So if you enjoyed those, you will enjoy this one too. The censored version has a couple of gut-wrenching sequences, which will definitely shake you up a bit. Not quite a must-watch. Yet, you will like it if you prefer this particular genre. Shivom Oza
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bySammyTonkes March 31, 2013
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

I HATE THIS

THIS SUCKS
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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