Arkin manages to escape, but Elena ends up taking his place in the trunk, and when the police drag their feet, the girl's father gets his right-hand man Lucello (Lee Tergesen) to convince Arkin to lead a team of mercenaries to the killer's hideout, an abandoned hotel. After breaking in, Arkin is eager to split, but Lucello forces him to lead them through the booby-trapped maze of hallways and rooms in hopes of finding Elena alive. But the Collector is watching their every move and has a few surprises up his sleeve.
The End Result
Although Elena's handicap (which never really factors into the plot, rendering it pointless) is supposedly something of a nod to the classic Audrey Hepburn thriller Wait Until Dark, The Collection more overtly channels the spirit of '80s slice 'n dicers like Friday the 13th. The gore is plentiful, and the makeup effects are refreshingly old school (read: no CGI).
The nature of the story removes much of the frustratingly nonsensical angle of the first movie -- namely, taking the time to rig up traps in a victim's house versus doing it in your hideout -- while Dunstan's direction is much less obtrusive and affected. Thankfully, rather than assault our senses with "edgy" shots and music as he did he last go-round, he lets the action speak for itself, building steadily to a rousing climax that, unlike many horror movies, has you actually caring about what happens to the main characters.
- Acting: C+ (Above-average genre performances.)
- Direction: B- (Thankfully more subtle.)
- Script: C+ (Pretty shallow and has its share of jumps in logic, but it's so fun and frenetic, you look past its faults.)
- Gore/Effects: B (Old school gore and makeup effects.)
- Overall: B- (An energetic throwback slasher that helps establish what could a 21st century horror icon.)
The Collection is directed by Marcus Dunstan and is rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and brief nudity. Release date: November 30, 2012.