Throughout my education and training, I have always been taught to watch for the smallest details.
The international one-sheet for The Collection, the sequel to The Collector, has been released. The film is directed by Marcus Dunstan, who also co-wrote the film with Patrick Melton. After escaping from the Collector, protagonist Arkin (Josh Stewart) is kidnapped by a team of mercenaries hired by the father of another victim by the name of Elena. Arkin is forced to assist the mercenaries in the rescue of Elena by infiltrating the Collector’s hideout, which has been laden with deadly traps.
Click past the bump to see the one-sheet
I never knew it was possible for my eyes to roll that far back into my head.
I have never seen The Collector, but the IMDB synopsis tells a tale of standard serial killer, house of pain plot lines. So why such a strong negative reaction from me on this sequel? Well, it is a sequel for one. But again, it all comes back to the little things.
During my recent news piece on the teaser for Citadel, I described the ideal horror protagonist. Go ahead and check it out. I’ll wait right here.
Good, now you understand that part. A bunch of mercenaries against one lone serial killer. Yes, I am sure many will meet a grisly end due to overconfidence or incompetence, but it’s hard to feel bad for the guys with the guns and the paramilitary training.
Now for the details. Let’s take another look at this poster, shall we? First off, the imagery is impressive. Creepy, gory (but not 1980s, I-had-no-idea-the-human-body-held-that-much-blood gory), and mysterious. Obviously, this is part of a collection, but what is its purpose? What lurks inside this sociopath’s mind? More importantly, do we even want to know?
Ah, but the details. Let’s start at the top. “From the Twisted Writers of Saw IV, V, VI, & VII.” You mean all the ones that had more out-of-left-field plot twists than an M. Night Shyamalan script written under the influence of crystal meth? Let’s jump to the middle. “Every Great Collector Has a Vision.” Seems like these guys already had their crack at a serial killer with a vision. Anyway, I can forgive the cliche-sounding tagline. Even the best movies have those. And now we fall to the dank pit that is the bottom of the poster. “The Real Black Friday Begins November 30.” Oh, that’s nice. Because I haven’t found myself frustrated by the commercialization of horror since I first saw the poster for Hold Your Breath. Oh, wait, I’m sorry. #HoldYourBreath.
I pray to mighty Cthulhu that I am wrong. But with Halloween just around the corner, and the two best horror movies this year having already been released (The Cabin in the Woods & ParaNorman), I grow desperate for horror that isn’t cliched, commercialized, or boring. Maybe I’ve been so disappointed with more recent horror films, that my judgement has become more cynical. Maybe I’m becoming that cranky old man living in the last house on the left, telling the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn before I let Cujo have a fresh lunch, but I am having a very hard time working up much enthusiasm for this film. They say you’re never supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when that cover is your initial marketing platform, you better make sure it has more bite than the Necronomicon.
Source: Shock Till You Drop