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COLLECTION, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When Elena's (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she becomes the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he's transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter's disappearance, Elena's wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through the gruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Splatter movies were once exuberantly funny in their own black (and red) way, and good horror movies still retain a certain macabre sense of humour. Filmmakers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton also seem to have a 'horrorific' sense of humour as evidenced by the end credits, but it's absent for the entire film, when it is sorely needed.

If they wanted to make a film which takes torture porn to excess they succeed, but I question whether it's a filmmaking success. That is, it satisfies on the gore and sadism register (as it were) but it fails in its cinematic approach. Scenes are jumble-cut and lack physical orientation, which is perhaps the point of a torture maze but it reduces the audience's ability to connect with the progress of the hunt & chase. The characters move every which way but we have no idea which way is up - or out.

Those who are drawn to the film in the wake of its origins - The Collector, 2009 - may find it works for them, but this kind of mutilation spree has limited appeal beyond cult.

Since the story exists in a kind of vacuum, simply to enable the filmmakers to invent cruel and unusual ways of hurting and killing, it lacks meaning - making the film a one dimensional affair.

Published May 16, 2013

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COLLECTION, THE: DVD (R)
(US, 2012)

CAST: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, Navi Rawat, Lee Tergesen, Daniel Sharman, Johanna Brady, Andre Rovo, Randall Archer

PRODUCER: Brett Forbes, Mickey Liddell, Julie Richardson, Patrick Rizzotti

DIRECTOR: Marcus Dunstan

SCRIPT: Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sam McCurdy

EDITOR: Joseph M. Gonzalez, Kevin Greutert, Mark Stevens

MUSIC: Charlie Clouser

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Graham Grace Walker

RUNNING TIME: 82 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Pinnacle Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 21, 2013

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Pinnacle

DVD RELEASE: May 8, 2013







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