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The Collection (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 31

The Collection offers more grisly thrills and twisted humor than its predecessor; in other words, fun for genre fans, but unpleasant for anyone else.

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 10

The Collection offers more grisly thrills and twisted humor than its predecessor; in other words, fun for genre fans, but unpleasant for anyone else.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 18,543

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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, 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.

Mar 26, 2013

$6.8M

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (31)

Just a pointless exercise in sadism.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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People in Hollywood need to work and surely "The Collection" created a lot of jobs, but there must be a better way.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Dull and repetitive, even by the standards of an already repetitive genre.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Melton and Dunstan have created little more than a hollow shell for an empty box.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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There's a bad movie every week, but it takes a special one to make you start anticipating the decline of Western civilization.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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More than anything, the sequel feels like an excuse for Dunstan and his effects team to see how creative they can be in the bloody killing of people using pointy metal objects.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The Collection offers a few surprises, nothing short of miraculous for a genre so bereft of originality

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

A cheap, loose remake of Aliens that substitutes rampaging hordes of xenomorphs with a gimp-masked kung-fu master.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

If your diet requires you to ingest a certain amount of cinematic blood and mayhem every week, this will meet those needs, like a vitamin. Otherwise it's for collectors only.

July 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Much splattery nonsense ensues -- some of it rather unpleasantly sadistic, and none of it particularly clever.

March 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Most of the rampant gore effects are too sloppy to be interesting...

December 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An exercise in pure sadism, The Collection moves at a clip that leaps over plot holes in its race to elicit fright. No weighty psychology or physical logic freights this enterprise.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Not scary but rather is just a disgusting exercise in gore, dismemberment and bloodletting.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Just buckets of the same old boring gore.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Comes off as a disappointment, failing to live up to its sequel potential by advancing the conflict and expanding murderous appetites in an exciting, imaginative manner.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

The Collection is one of those horror films that really makes you sound like a deranged psychopath for recommending, but demands to be spread like a mind-controlling plague.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

things quickly reach a level of silliness that fits more in a comedy or spoof than an actual horror film

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The Collection is not going to win over gore film skeptics - and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's an unapologetic celebration of splatter cinema.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

The Collection never hits audiences in the stomach with any immediate sense of danger, and the dialogue and most of the performances feel entirely too campy for the movie to actually be taken seriously. Maybe that is the point, but I don't think so.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

The Collection is brainless, inconsistent, and full of holes. It does offer a ton of gore, but there is absolutely nothing else to enjoy here other than that.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

While I'm not entirely sure that it makes much sense, I had a great time with its ultraviolent concoction of b-movie frippery.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Not for the squeamish and is definitely for those that can handle a lot of sick and twisted violence. Recommended for true torture porn fans.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

A rare sequel that ably tops the original in just about every department.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Audience Reviews for The Collection

The twisted minds behind the Saw series and The Collector are at it again. An ultra-stylish, bloody and heart-pounding edge of your seat thriller. It's loaded with more deaths and more insane ways to die, it's a horror fans dream come true. A sadistic mad-house of thrills and chills from start to finish.
March 3, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

I don't mind gore. If gore is not your thing, though, do NOT watch this. This movie has lots. Very entertaining, and a good follow-up to the first one. It actually is better....and this one, as opposed to the first one, had a kick-ass ending! Makes all the difference in the world to me...
November 26, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. The home invasion premise of the original was really cool and without it the movie would not have been enjoyable, which is exactly what happens here. There's more action, more characters, but a lot less tension and scary moments. It's just bigger, louder, and not as genuinely creepy. I do think The Collector is a good horror villain, but he isn't as scary in this one. I am glad that they never go into back story for him, though. Many script writers make that mistake and it makes the characters less scary when you know their motivations. I'm not saying I'm not interested, but please do not indulge me. I thought the new characters were pretty awful, as is typical for horror sequels, and the traps were mostly the same style of stuff. There's still too much gore, but I can handle it. I know others cannot. Even after all this, it was mildly enjoyable, but an inferior sequel to what is becoming a cult classic horror film.
March 28, 2013
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

This movie is strictly geared towards fans of horror movies who love blood and watching people die in crazy awesome ways. Kind of like the "Final Destination" series, only with a real bad guy. This is a sequel to "The Collector" and picks up right after that one. Here The Collector kidnaps a girl and takes her to hotel that he has transformed into a maze of just crazy torture devices and death traps. When the cops, along with his last victim that got away, come to rescue her they have a lot of fun in that building to put it nicely. The death scenes are great, and it even features one of the best mass death scenes in a night club ever. But, there is little plot, and the actors that actually star in this aren't that good. But then again, that's not why you would watch this movie. Better than the original, and leaves it open to a third movie, which I'm sure will get made. Check it out if you like horror movies, but if you don't or are squeamish, then stay away at all costs.
March 28, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Arkin: Be careful. It's built like a maze, the whole place is rigged.
    2. Lucello: That's why you're leading us in.
    – Submitted by Robert B (16 months ago)
    1. Arkin: [after being handed a small flashlight for protection] Are you kidding me?
    2. Lucello: No.
    – Submitted by Robert B (16 months ago)
    1. Lucello: He's agreed to take us to the girl.
    2. Elena's Father: And the police?
    3. Lucello: They had their chance. What this man deserves is beyond the law.
    – Submitted by Robert B (16 months ago)
    1. Arkin: What makes you think you'll find him when the cops can't?
    2. Lucello: Because I'm willing to do the things they won't.
    – Submitted by Robert B (16 months ago)
    1. The Collector: Are you going to kill me?
    2. Arkin: No. That'd be too nice.
    – Submitted by Robert B (16 months ago)
    1. Lucello: Was she alive?
    2. Arkin: Last time I saw her.
    – Submitted by Robert B (17 months ago)
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