By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service
NEW YORK (CNS) — Some people like to collect stamps or coins. Not the masked maniac (Randall Archer) who might loosely be termed the protagonist of "The Collection" (LD Entertainment). His hobby is kidnapping people and practicing dissection on them, both pre- and post-mortem.
The chronicle of his sociopathic pastime, need it be said, makes for a hideous exercise in torture porn.
Things get off to a rollicking start as this nameless character, who also dabbles in mass murder, unleashes his own version of a mechanical thresher on an underground club packed with teen and twenty-something ravers. It speeds across the nightclub just at the height of the revelers’ heads. Watching the mass decapitation that ensues, one can only think, "Way to kill the buzz, dude!"
Of course, one victim contrives to escape with her life; otherwise, we wouldn’t be subjected to the noisome 90 minutes that follow. She’s utterly uninteresting Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick).
Luckily for Elena, her father (Christopher McDonald) is wealthy enough to hire a team of mercenaries (led by Lee Tergesen) to find and rescue her. They’re aided in their hunt by Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only survivor of our hooded loony’s previous activities.
Director Marcus Dunstan’s follow-up to his equally sadistic 2009 flick "The Collector" — wherein we first encountered flawed good guy Arkin — sows mild confusion and deep boredom in between harvesting body parts.
The film contains pervasive graphic and gory violence, including torture and dismemberment, some sexual humor, much rough and crude language and an obscene gesture. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service.