The Collection

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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"Torture porn" sequel packed with bloody, gory deathtraps.
  • R
  • 2012
  • 82 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRichManGold December 20, 2020
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byLeofilmer June 29, 2019

Blood all over the place.

The collection is a movie with lots of violence, gore and traps. I saw it with my 15 old son and ha was laughing. It's so much gory it ends up to be funny.
Teen, 14 years old Written byZambz July 26, 2013

15 Or Older

It's understandable that this movie is 'torture porn' which includes explicit nudity, massive violence, and language. The point of horror movies... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySammyTonkes March 31, 2013

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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