not for kids
"Torture porn" sequel packed with bloody, gory deathtraps.
What 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.
- Families can talk about The Collection's violence. How intense is it? Is it scary, suspenseful, or just disgusting?
- What's the appeal of "torture porn" horror movies?
- How do the filmmakers treat the heroine's disability? Is she a role model?
- What are the best examples of teamwork in this movie?
The good stuff
Messages: 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.
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.
What to watch for
Violence: 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.
Sex: 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.
Language: Language isn't very frequent but does include several uses of "f--k" and a use of "d--k."
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: A secondary character is shown passed out in a chair with a glass of alcohol (Scotch?) nearby.
Fan Reviews provided by
Pleasantly Surprised by Bearfist
I was wondering why this particular film would be released this time of year. I liked the first part, The Collector. A decent slasher/horror film. And I was happy to see the hero of the first film returnning but this movie went way over the top in a good way. But I did wonder if it was up to par for releaseing now when we expect the best films to be coming out. Definately a good Holiday film for us horror fans--thank you evil Santa. If, like me, you're a big fan of horror films, you won't be disapointed with this sequel which is better than the first. However, if you haven't seen the first, watch it before you go if you can. This movie was just right in it's story, effects, characters. Very well put together. Graphically points out the danger of going to Raves with a strange doorman (loved him). It's a 5 out of 5 Stars grading it on the Horror/Slasher graph in my head. Fantastic new kind of twisty-twist ending. Go, horror fans. You'll enjoy it.
Just as good as the first! by StangManDans
Had the pleasure of seeing this a tad early at my local theater. I loved the 1st movie "The Collector" which is not very well known. That movie will keep you tense from beginning to end, its a bad A** little movie. This one does not fall to far from grace. I loved it. If you have not seen the first I suggest you go and rent it (The Collector) and watch it and then see this movie next. In my opinion you won't be sorry. The only negative I will say is it to me this movie its obvious that the "studios executives" had their influence in this movie. While the original movie the collector was special, tense, edge of your seat and did not constantly rely on gore and some cheap thrills, this movie at times lends itself that that "SAW" type of formula, in fact there are a couple of things it outright borrows from it. Still I can't fault it as I'm sure the producers wanted to make sure if they did a follow up movie they wanted a success, so I give The Collector 5 stars this movie 3.5, Go!
AWESOME!! by sandy.camacho4
movie was great from the start, i couldn't keep my eyes off the screen!
THE COLLECTION by FILMJUNKY
Great horror movie didnt think it was goin to be good suprise me alot i really enjoy this movie kept me on the edge of my seat, The Guy with the mask is a killing machine with all kind of gadgets go see it take your girl freind, buddy etc. go see it you will enjoy, alot of blood but that goes with the territory, but good movie and story line. FILMJUNKY SEEYA
The COLLECTION by CandRTopeka
Sequel to The COLLECTOR from a couple years ago. Intense movie -- graphic violence. It was like "SAW" movies on steroids. The ending had the original John Carpenter HALLOWEEN II feel to it. Would certainly recommend the movie to Horror movie fans!
C and R Topeka, KS
Suspense by Strawberrie9778
I loved it. It kept me up and interested in it all the way to the end. I can't wait to see the next chapter.
very intense! by sampicoult
After about the first 20 minutes of this movie I was on the edge of my seat until the end -- was a very intense movie!
Fun Splatter Fest!
Don't go to this movie expecting a deep, suspenseful, dark horror movie. This movie if FUN! It's creative gory-deaths just add to how great this movie is. If you feel like having a good time with a few friends, then go to this movie. You WON'T regret it!
Totally Bloody and Grisly-I Liked It by cinema cowboy
I didn't see the first one but plan on it after reeding reviews and seeing this one and ya I liked it. Slasher, bloody, grisly-music to my ears-has a lot in a short amount of time.
the collection by luju7rodriguez
I AM A REAL HORROR FANATIC, THE COLLECTION IS SOMETHING NEW AND FRESH. NOT SOMETHING REPEATED OR SO CALLED REMAKE. IT'S DIFFERENT AND AWESOME. NON-STOP FROM BEGGING TO END. GO'S GREAT WITH PART ONE. A MUST SEE.