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Wow. An illegal teenage rave leads to bad things. That’s a shocker. Anyhoo. Marcus Dunstan’s “The Collection” is a sequel to his 2009 film “The Collector”. I haven’t seen the first film, but this looks like a direct continuation of that movie, with the bad guy once again back to do his bad guy duties, and the only guy to ever survive him having to come back to save the day. That’s a bit of a twist on the genre, in case you didn’t notice. Usually filmmakers love to make use of a Final Girl who returns in subsequent sequels, ala the “Halloween” movies. It’s very rare that the Final Girl is a Final Guy. After all, given the choice between watching a cute girl and a bearded guy getting the crap scared out of them by a masked dude, who wouldn’t choose the girl?
When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become 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. “The Collection,” directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, is a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn, starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream).
“The Collection” stars Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, Erin Way, Daniel Sharman, Johanna Braddy, Lee Tergesen, Navi Rawat, Andre Royo, Brandon Molale, Justin Mortelliti, Shannon Kane and opens for business November 30th later this year. Yup, it’s skipping Halloween. In today’s world, where any movie with even a hint of “horror” saves itself for October, this is a pretty brilliant move.