The Horror Honeys: Slasher Hexmas: The Collection ~ Sometimes Jail Beats Being A Hero

Slasher Hexmas: The Collection ~ Sometimes Jail Beats Being A Hero

A Slasher Honey Slasher Hexmas Review by Chassity

The Collection (2012)

What do you do when you’re rich and your child has found herself in a sticky situation, trapped with a notoriously brutal killer who tortures his victims before ultimately killing them? 

You force the only person who has survived the serial killer to go inside the building your daughter is trapped in and rescue her, obviously.

That’s the gist of the plot for The Collection, the follow up to Marcus Dunstan’s The Collector

This time, instead of playing a more extreme version of Home Alone inside a rich person’s house, The Collector has decided to go for mass murder, booby trapping an entire secret nightclub. The  aforementioned rich guy’s daughter, Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), is among the young people inside the building. As she is our main character, Elena is of course the one that takes “the bait," which is none other than Arkin (Josh Stewart). Her initial interaction with him sets off the traps that kill the people in the club. Arkin tries to warn Elena, but of course she stupidly doesn’t listen. So while Elena becomes one of The Collector’s victims, Arkin makes an escape alone. 

While recovering in the hospital, Elena’s father’s minions trick Arkin back into the building because he’s the only one who knows enough about The Collector to have a chance at beating him at his own game. Daddy’s people offer to help get rid of Arkin’s criminal record if he’ll help them save Elena. How they plan to do the former is beyond me, but okay…

So that’s the gist of it. Arkin again has to play hero, only it’s by force this time and not by his own choice. 

Which, by the way, makes it beyond difficult to root for Elena’s people to survive their attempts at rescuing her. For the entire film, they behave (typically so) like entitled scum who think it’s their right to force people like Arkin, outside their class, to do their dirty work for them. 

On the other hand, though, we do get to see Arkin being even more of a badass than he was the first go-round. While the original was all about him doing the best he could to get out of a bad situation that he was completely unprepared for, this time he’s not only more prepared: he’s angry, has a personal vendetta against The Collector, and is out for blood. 

So, that’s what the movie has to offer. More reason to love Arkin… But, unfortunately, that’s about all it has to offer. 

The plot in and of itself is utterly ridiculous. The Collector taking out an entire night club? What is he, a cartoon villain now? The scariest thing about him before was the lack of motive and his pleasure at torturing his victims. Everything about The Collector led me to believe that this guy is sadistic and killing his victims was something he did only when he got bored with them. Now, his method is more, “screw it, just die already," killing as many people as possible in one fell swoop in laughably extreme ways, while he stands over them watching, like Rita Repulsa from Power Rangers. 

I did enjoy that we got to learn a little bit more about The Collector, and how utterly insane he is. The last 10 or 15 minutes, were fairly intense and gave the audience a great ending, but for the most part, everything that isn’t Josh Stewart is just a bunch of noise. 

As a standalone, the movie is entertaining, and maybe could have even been great. But as a sequel to an amazingly unique and much needed refreshing movie that was a change of pace within horror, The Collection just doesn’t hold up as well. It’s not a terrible film. But it’s not exactly scary, either.

Slasher Honey Rating: 3 Jigsaw-worthy abandoned buildings out of 5

The Collection is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Vudu, Google Play, & blu-ray/DVD

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