Let’s play a grisly game of “Would You Rather,” shall we?
Would you rather: A. Watch a crowd of ravers get sliced to bits by a massive rotating lawnmower blade, or B. See a knife go through one guy’s cheek and out the other?
Would you rather: A. Cheer on a maniac as he pitilessly squishes a batch of young people between two grates until their eyeballs pop out of their heads, or B. Watch a character get a meat hook through the neck and flung around the room?
Wouldn’t you rather avoid all of this nonsense and put your hard-earned money towards things like Christmas presents and dinner with your kids?
If you said no, “The Collection” may be for you. The gruesome thriller contains all of the aforementioned grisliness and then some in its very brief running time, though anyone with half a stomach would agree a little of the carnage goes a long, long way.
“The Collection” is a follow-up to 2009’s “The Collector,” a forgotten thriller in which a madman diced people up while wearing one of those leather S&M masks you can only find in sex shops. The sequel picks up directly after the original, with that movie’s Josh Stewart reprising his role as the man who fought the Collector and barely lived to tell the tale.
The flimsy story in “The Collection” finds Stewart leading a team of badasses into the bear-trap-strewn living quarters of the Collector to recover another girl who has gone missing. I can’t remember the names of the characters in the film, but I do know the Collector takes them all out in repulsively creative fashions.
Although the kills in “The Collection” are inventively staged, I was sort of hoping this morbid brand of torture porn had died off with the last “Saw.” Exploding limbs have become so commonplace at the movies that they have now become boring. That goes double for the rest of the carnage in “The Collection,” which seems less propelled by worthwhile storytelling than it does by grossing you out.
★ (out of ★★★★)
Rated R for language, nudity and tons of grisly violence . 82 minutes.
Director: Marcus Dunstan. Starring: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick.