Written and directed by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the duo responsible for the Saw sequels, The Collection is 80 minutes of blood, gore, cheap thrills, jarring noise and cuss words just the sort of thing to enjoy if you’re tired of boring romantic comedies.
There are bear traps, electrocution wires, lobotomies and many more objects of pain and suffering in the film to make the viewing as brutal as possible. The torture porn genre was invented back in the ’80s and was brought to the mainstream by Eli Roth with Hostel, and thanks to the Saw franchise and now The Collection the genre continues to invade your living room.
The film is actually a sequel to 2009’s The Collector and picks up immediately where the previous movie left off. Here, the masked killer snares a young girl from a nightclub as the burglar from the first film escapes and leads a black-ops team to catch the madman and rescue the girl. Sadly our armed heroes fail to estimate the lunacy level of the killer and walk into a massive trap that has them maimed in gruesome ways.
Aside from the ghastly torture techniques and the even more painful acting on display, It features plenty of terrible editing and hilariously bad characterisation to make it a worthwhile B-movie. Melton and Dunstan run all traces of common sense and logic into the killer’s shredding machine, and it’s only a matter of time until we get a third movie.