So really, and you know this for sure if you’re well-versed in the Saw series and saw The Collector and this new trailer for The Collection, this sick bastard almost makes John Kramer look rather quaint…
When I first saw the poster art (more on that art later) on Dreadcentral.com a couple of weeks ago for The Collection (2012), my immediate reaction (as soon as I realized what I was looking at) was not just to think, but actually say out loud, “That …is …fucked-up!” even though I was the only person in the house at the time. I assumed it was some new French Extremist horror film and NOT a semi-mainstream US Theatrical release, and I’m actually still amazed this is the case. Take a look at the trailer that just debuted below– unless you’ve already seen enough disturbing trailers the past week, in which case you might prefer to wait.
Oh! Doesn’t look like they’re going for the slow burn approach on this sequel to 2009’s The Collector. I honestly had no idea a sequel was even in the works until I saw the seriously
fucked-up nightmarish poster art on Dread Central. I noticed the image before I even considered what the movie was; I actually was reminded of the art for The Profane Exhibit, an upcoming horror anthology movie that’s been on my radar for quite some time.
Just for comparison, here’s the Profane Exhibit art, below. I’m going to have to see if it’s even in post-production, because other than some really cool stills, I haven’t heard a peep.
Anyway, The Profane Exhibit is a piece for another day. Back to the shamelessly fucked-up pair of Collector movies. Here’s the official plot description (with one little obvious edit I couldn’t resist), also released today. Oh, and when I say “today” I mean “Thursday, September 20,” as the cut-off time for WordPress is 5PM Pacific Time.*
When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret
giant threshing machine massacre 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). LD Entertainment will release The Collection in theaters November 30, 2012.
I may have mentioned before that I’m not a super-fan of the ‘guy wearing a black leather fetish mask who never speaks, brandishing a sharp instrument’ genre –especially when you add torture-porn into the mix. However, The Collection looks to be a notch up from that. Definitely has a more interesting plot line. I also hear they dialed down the torture-porn aspects while amping up the gore (and the stakes). Granted, the original Collector seemed to me to basically be Saw without the victim having to make a beat-the-clock horrible choice because the killer wants to teach them some kind of moral lesson and send a message. This guy, ‘the collector’, just gets off on torture and his cleverness setting up his elaborate system of painful, nasty, deathly traps. Sometimes he just kills them himself (remember the unarguably vile bathtub torture/murder from The Collector? Gah!) and also at the very least felt up some of his victims. Also, Jig Saw’s victims usually had done something shitty, or in some cases downright evil, to end up in one of his ‘games’.
Well, guess what? The Collector could care less whether you’ve made questionable moral choices in the past. Nope! To end up dying a slow horrible death at his hands, you just had to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Seriously, just show up, and you’re completely fucked. Honestly, I’d rather take my chances with Jigsaw; at least no matter how grisly and painful his traps were they only lasted for a minute, not to mention no-one would try to molest you sexually during the process (you just got horribly mangled). Furthermore, Jigsaw didn’t toss innocent animals into the mix, either. So really, and you know this for sure if you’re well-versed in the Saw series and saw The Collector and this new trailer for The Collection, this sick bastard almost makes John Kramer look rather quaint.
If you have NOT seen The Collector, don’t really plan to, but are morbidly curious how grisly and dark it gets? Well, just check out the IMDB Parent’s Guide for 2009’s The Collector here. If you do read it, consider this- does this film REALLY fall into the ‘Suspense-Thriller’ genre as it is listed on Netflix? And maybe I somehow rented an uncut version that the contributor to the Parent’s Guide didn’t, but from what I recall, this list actually LEAVES OUT a couple things. Consider yourself officially warned! I read it ahead of time before putting it in my queue because I heard a poor, unlucky cat gets caught in a trap and loses all nine lives, and only watched the movie after making careful notes on the running time the scene occurs in.** . Oh, and speaking of animals, you could not pay me enough to film this scene unless CGI made these guys:
So, if there’s no animal violence in The Collection, I guess I’m in. Probably at the theater. Probably by myself, even though this one seems less torture porn-y, no way my husband and/or my friends are up for it! It beats being anywhere near the retail Black Friday…
And last but not least, this just in: The Collection will be having its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2012! So we can expect some advance reviews.
*I decided recently to stop racing against the clock to publish my post by 5PM and just go with it.
**Make fun of me all you want, call me a pussy (they have a good laugh/jeer at me on the IMDB boards when I bring up the subject) but I can’t stand to see animal violence depicted in a movie, even off-screen. Yes, I know it’s fake. Sorry, can’t watch it.
- New Still From The Collection Towers Over a Victim; Trailer Hitting Wednesday! (dreadcentral.com)
- Some New Artwork to Add to The Collection (dreadcentral.com)
- Gloriously Sick New Trailer for Alex Chandon’s Inbred (2011): It’s Just So Wrong (horrorboom.com)
- New Theatrical Trailer for Grave Encounters 2 (Electric Boogaloo) (horrorboom.com)
- Fantastic Fest Announces Final Wave of Films Including the World Premiere of THE COLLECTION (collider.com)
I like your remark about animal harm in films, I hate when they do that gratuitously too. I’d advise strongly you avoid the TV show The Following as it has a plot involving a man teaching a young boy how to become a serial killer, by harming a mouse. It’s just, man I almost puked. Really was disappointed, never watching it again.
Also if you haven’t seen The ABCs of Death, D alludes to animal harm, but the segment is so stylized you can tell it’s not realistic. However P I’d avoid, it references an infamous crush video on the net from a few years ago involving a kitten. I watched it, but I watched it through my fingers. No actual animal harm is depicted in the series, but still the thought of that it’s just, I don’t like to think about it at all.
Here’s to hoping that the horror film industry realizes crap like tormenting a cat for a jump scare in a horror film, does not pass for entertainment anymore. I really feel I need to make sure nothing like that happens in horror films, because I can’t tell my cats it’s just a horror film, and they might think a cat is really in distress. Yes, I’m aware this is likely psychological projection, but still lol.
I hate it. There was a scene early on in Mother of Tears where a woman casually tossed her baby over the side of a bridge (not graphic, but kind of shocking, sort of out of the blue) and it plummeted into the water. Didn’t bother me even 1% as much as animal violence, not that harm being done to babies is cool, obviously) but a couple people gave me a hard time when I said the scene in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo where he finds his poor tabby’s body all broken and twisted really, really upsetting (not to mention it was almost a dead ringer for one of our cats, and it was a trusting house pet, made it worse). They all said some version of, “Oh, so a cat getting killed bothers you but the rape scene and her revenge on the rapist you had no problem with?” That pissed me off. First of all, the rape scene was really upsetting, and I even felt terrible for Mara Rooney because even though it obviously wasn’t real (like I don’t understand the difference between movies and actual real life, puh-LEEZ) it must have been emotionally and physically draining to film, it was horrible and hard to watch. Honestly, her revenge on the guy? He deserved everything he got, sorry, and I was glad she ended up scaring the hell out of him. Ok, getting off the point. I missed one episode of The Following and it must have been the mouse one, but I heard about it. That’s just such a cheap shot and the writers could do better. I can’t get into the show anyway, really.
I saw The ABCs of Death as SOON as it came out on VOD (too late to warn me-but I warn everyone I know to skip that segment, and dog lovers that “D is for…” might hake them emotional). For a feature I was getting screen grabs from the trailer and there’s just a flash of “P is for Pressure” so I knew there’d be some sicko fetish crush video involved. As soon as I saw her with those shoes on and the kitten, I just faced the other way until I was SURE it was over. That PISSED ME OFF so much. It wasn’t fitting to have it in there, plus it seemed like the director didn’t really give a shit about sticking with the ABCs of Death theme (humans only are supposed to die, and it was just the kitten–so glad they didn’t show the kitten getting crushed, but it till made me sick). Really? That’s the best they could come up with? I strongly got the feeling that the writer/director had an idea for a short film before they signed him for the movie and he just took the letter he was given and figured out something starting with the letter P that had only a tiny tiny connection with the actual ‘film’, and just made a really self-indulgent, lazy, sloppy segment.
I’m working on a review where I list the 10 best and the 10 weakest (some didn’t fit at all, or seemed like they went out of their way to make no sense, go for gross-out (“K is for Klutz”) or be offensive. I don’t have a problem with offensive, I knew going in the movie was going to be offensive, and I’m not easily offended. But gross-outs/shocks just for the sake of them, where they’re clearly not even fucking trying, no excuse. Add in animal violence to a kitten and I wanted to punch the guy. I know about ‘crush’ fetish videos but there is no way I could watch even the mouse one, just thinking about the kitten one… no way could I watch it. You were brave to do it…
I’m all for the people who made that video (the non-fiction one) getting tossed in a cage with a hungry or pissed-off tiger and try to film a ‘crush’ video of that! It’d be bloody but the big cat would come out of it unscathed.
You’re right, the D segment was so stylized I could watch it (though I was so rooting for the dog “Buddy”, and loved the ending-the film-makers were clearly anti-animal abuse). I’m just as strongly against this shit in horror films as you are. And our cats always look alarmed if a cat yowls in pain when I’m watching something. Meanwhile I’m telling them it’s just a movie, like they can understand my explanation…heh. I always try to give a BIG heads-up when I mention a horror film (or regular film) that has animal violence,thanks for any heads-up in the future. I think I was permanently scarred by watching “The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane” with Jodie Foster when I was in grade school – if you saw it you know what scene I mean! Never got over that…
Thanks for writing 😉