A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Language isn't very frequent but does include several uses of "f--k" and a use of "d--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secondary character is shown passed out in a chair with a glass of alcohol (Scotch?) nearby.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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