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The film opens with a series of television broadcasts saying that The Collector, a serial killer responsible for the disappearances of more than fifty people, is still at large, and now the focus of a massive police manhunt. Arkin O'Brien is his most recent victim.

Teenager Elena Peters and her friends, Missy and Josh, go to a secret party at an undisclosed location. Elena witnesses her boyfriend, Brian, who bailed out on their date the same night, with another woman. After punching him in the face, she leaves the dance floor to enter an isolated room. There, she discovers a red trunk and opens it to find a severely injured Arkin. Arkin grabs Elena and they both dodge a steel spear that shoots out from the wall, which triggers a series of deadly traps. First, a large combine, crosses the dance floor, shredding hundreds of people, including Josh. Then a frightened girl steps on a trip wire, causing a thin sword to fly out of a hallway, hitting people in the chest and neck, including Brian. Finally, a small room locks shut with two steel bar barriers, and the Collector is spotted standing on a crate panel shaft in the ceiling. The ceiling lowers onto the last victims, including Missy, slowly crushing them to death as Elena watches in horror. The Collector quickly finds and captures Elena, while Arkin escapes by using Brian's corpse as a protective shield and jumping out of a window, landing on a car and breaking his arm in the process.

Arkin is later taken to the hospital, where he is arrested by the police and put under constant surveillance due to his own criminal record. After suffering nightmares of his torture from the Collector, he is approached by Lucello, the right-hand man of Elena's wealthy father. Lucello has hired a team of mercenaries to hunt the Collector down and save Elena before she is killed. Lucello implies that if Arkin leads them to the Collector's hideout, he will save Arkin from his criminal record. Since he was previously kidnapped by the Collector, Arkin had marked the turns in their journey on his arm with a series of cuts. He is able to lead the mercenary group to the Collector's base, the abandoned Hotel Sargento, in the empty and desolate part of town. Meanwhile, Elena uses her bra to push through a hole in the red trunk, and watches in horror as a man strapped to a gurney is injected, has his tongue cut off, and a half-face mask stapled to his head. When the Collector leaves, Elena manages to turn the latch and escape from inside. Upon their arrival, Arkin refuses to go inside, but Lucello double-crosses him and forces him at gunpoint to guide them through the hotel. The Collector re-enters the room and notices Elena has escaped, so he lets several tarantulas loose, hoping this will reveal her hidden location. However, Elena is able to escape while the Collector is distracted by the surveillance alarms triggered by the team of mercenaries.

Upon entering the hotel, the team is attacked by various people who the Collector has captured and driven insane with drugs, forcing the team to shoot them. Arkin takes the opportunity to escape from Lucello. At this point, the film jumps among three groups: Elena trying to find an exit, Arkin trying to escape, and the mercenary team led by Lucello trying to find Elena. While wandering the hotel, all three encounter live humans being experimented on and human body parts re-arranged to resemble insects; which are displayed in glass cases. Arkin narrowly escapes the Collector in a room with a blinking light but is unable to find an exit. Members of the mercenary team are killed or captured one by one. Elena finds a room full of make-up and a prisoner named Abby who claims to be the Collector's "favorite" and is reluctant to break his rules. When Abby notices Elena adjusting her hearing aid she panics, claiming that Elena isn't strong enough for the collection and that she wasn't supposed to escape. Elena and Abby are separated when the Collector finds them.

Eventually, Lucello and his surviving team captures Arkin in a room, but the Collector appears, takes Paz and tortures her with a razor. Later, Elena and Lucello reunite and rescue Paz from a trap, all other members of the team having been killed; they also find Abby, who asks to escape with them. The group finds a room with a small window that they cannot escape through, but they see two homeless men outside. When the men are unable to hear their shouts, Arkin shoots one of them. He fires a second shot when police arrive, causing the SWAT team to surround the building. The Collector notices this through his security system and runs off with an assault rifle. Abby is caught betraying the group's location to the Collector, but dies when she steps on a board of nails and falls back into an iron maiden-like trap, which mechanically folds with her inside. Enraged by this, the Collector attacks the group with a pair of aggressive attack dogs and kidnaps Elena. Lucello, pinned to the ground with another iron maiden trap approaching from above, tells the group to save Elena and leave him behind. They find her strapped to an autopsy table with duct tape, but when they approach, they are trapped in a cage that falls from above. The Collector appears and makes it apparent by displaying and flashing a lighter that he is going to burn down the building, but Arkin manages to open the cage by having Elena re-break his arm so that he can reach the latch.

The group escapes through a dumbwaiter and finds an exit door to the building, however, it is jammed from the outside. The Collector appears again, kills Paz, and easily beats Arkin in a fist fight since the latter has only one functional arm. As the Collector is about to kill Arkin, Lucello appears, having survived his trap by using one of the dog corpses. He fights the Collector in a knife fight but loses and is killed; however, as a final act, he holds the Collector in place so that Arkin can stab him in the leg and get the upper hand. Arkin beats The Collector, before throwing his body down a chute onto a pile of severed body parts covered in gasoline and lighting it on fire. As the building burns down, the fire department hears Elena's screams and opens the door from the outside, allowing Elena and Arkin, the only survivors, to escape. As the two sit outside an ambulance, Arkin notices a pile of trunks, and, upon searching inside them, finds the Collector's burned mask with no corpse.

Some time later, Arkin manages to track down the Collector's house by searching for every registered entomologist nearby. Just as he arrives home, Arkin confronts the unmasked Collector (we still do not see his face); holding him at gunpoint (during which the Collector speaks for the first time: "You here to kill me?"). Arkin announces his intentions of torturing the Collector like how he did to him and later killing him. When the Collector tries to attack Arkin, he forces the Collector into the red trunk and as the Collector desperately clings onto the sides, Arkin slams the trunk shut, trapping him inside and presumably ending his reign of terror.

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 Randall Archer's Cast

  • Josh Stewart as Arkin O'Brien
  • Emma Fitzpatrick as Elena Peters
    • Courtney Lauren Cumming as nine-year-old Elena
  • Christopher McDonald as Mr. Peters
  • Lee Tergesen as Lucello
  • Randall Archer as The Collector
  • Shannon Kane as Paz
  • Andre Royo as Wally
  • Tim Griffin as Dre
  • William Peltz as Brian
  • Erin Way as Abby
  • Eaddy Mays as Lynne
  • Brandon Molale as Lin
  • Justin Mortelliti as Zack
  • Navi Rawat as Lisa
  • Johanna Braddy as Missy Solomon
  • Michael Nardelli as Josh Solomon
  • Daniel Sharman as Basil
  • Robert Pralgo as Doctor

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 Randall Archer's Reception

Critical reception[edit]

[citation needed]On Rotten Tomatoes , the film has a rating of 37%, based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 4.1/10. The site's consensus reads, "The Collectionexpands on the world of its predecessor, offering more grisly, gratuitous thrills and twisted humor; in other words, fun for fans of the genre, but potentially unpleasant for anyone else".

Box office[edit]

grossed $3,104,269 across 1,403 theaters, about $500,000 less than the opening weekend of the first film. Ending with a total of $6.8 million, it grossed less than the first film's $7.7 million.

UK release[edit]

The Collectionhas been licensed for a UK DVD run by eOne , and was released on April 29, 2013.

International distribution[edit]

are being licensed by Cinema Management Group .

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 Randall Archer's References

  1. "Charlie Clouser to Score 'The Collection'". Film Music Reporter. March 13, 2012.
  2. Buchanan, Jason The Collection (2012). The New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  3. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=collection.htm
  4. "The Collection (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  5. "Box Office Mojo – The Collection". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  6. "CMG Closes Latin American deals on The Collection – The Collection". Screen Daily. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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