For the next 31 days, we here at Adamantium Bullet will be reviewing one horror flick a day leading up to Halloween. Each one will be horrific, terrifying, chilling, pulse-pounding, or flat-out awful. All endured in honor of the season. Expect SPOILERS. Welcome to Adamantium Bullet’s 31 DAYS OF HORROR.
PLOT: 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 (Randall Archer), 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 (led by Lee Tergesen) 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.
BODY COUNT: Absolutely no clue. THE COLLECTION kicks off with a club massacre scene that jacks the BODY COUNT into the triple digits, but it happens so fast that there is no way to properly count the kills. That said, here are the kills we were able to count: The Collector kills somewhere between fifty to a hundred ravers with a massive threshing machine, squishes another twenty in an industrial press, throat slashes ten or so, and bisects another two with sword trap things. All in the opening twenty minutes. After that, he staples a mask to a rando, dissects three people off-screen, stabs Lin (Brandon Lolale) in the chest ten/fifteen times, skewers Dre (Tim Griffin) in a spike trap, accidentally traps Abby (Erin Way) in an iron maiden, slits the crucified girl’s throat, hooks Wally (Andre Royo) under the jaw, and sticks Paz (Shannon Kane) in the back and Lucello (Lee Tergesen) in the stomach. Fourteen Junkie Zombie Hobos are gunned down by the mercs, Arkin stabs another in the face with a pen light, and a good many more are burned to death when The Collector sets the Hotel Argento on fire. A limo driver and a rando die via flashback car accident, one of the Junkie Zombie Hobo’s head explodes thanks to a bomb collar, and The Collector is captured by Arkin and presumably killed off-screen.
MOST MEMORABLE KILL: Without a doubt, the club massacre sequence. Writer/Director Marcus Dunstan introduces our main character Elena and her friends, sets up a series of standard issue horror movie subplots (Elena’s father is overprotective, her boyfriend is cheating, her best guy friend has been friend-zoned and doesn’t know how to talk to women, and best girlfriend is easy), places all of the characters into a SAW-esque situation …and then he promptly annihilates all of them. Except Elena. Basically the first twenty minutes of THE COLLECTION is a mini COLLECTOR sequel with the remainder of the film being a trilogy capper. Very cool. Very memorable.
NAKEDNESS: Early on, some scattered cleavage, shirtless dudes, and topless women in the club scene. Later on, disembodied breasts (ewwww…) and cleavage from the lovely Emma Fitzpatrick.
SIGNATURE MOMENT: See MOST MEMORABLE KILL.
IDIOT MOMENT: Some minor dummy horror movie move infractions, but nothing serious.
“WTF?!?” MOMENT: Despite taking place shortly after the events of the first film, The Collector has changed dramatically in appearance. First time around, he was played by a bald Hispanic man (Juan Fernandez from CROCODILE DUNDEE II and ARACHNOPHOBIA). In this installment, the character is now a white dude (stuntman Randall Archer) with a full head of hair. WTF.
USELESS KNOWLEDGE: The "Hotel Argento" where The Collector stores his victims is a nod to the cult Italian horror director Dario Argento.
> If you look closely at the police arresting Arkin in the hospital, one of them is horror director John Gulager who collaborated with Marcus Dunstan on the FEAST films.
> The mannequins are a nod to the 1980 cult slasher pic MANIAC.
> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this article was provided by IMDB.