This review was originally posted in September during our Fantastic Fest coverage. We’re re-posting in time for the film’s release this Friday.
When we last saw Josh Stewart’s Arkin in 2009’s The Collector, he was in a bit of a tight spot. Things were not looking good for the thief who, while on a job, met a lethal, black mask-clad, seemingly unstoppable home invader. I’ll refrain from repeating what went down at the end of The Collector, in the event you never saw it (and if you didn’t, maybe you should avoid this review). Nevertheless, I thought the first film was solid, entertaining, fairly ruthless and it boasted the visual strengths of Marcus Dunstan as a director who had, until that point, made his mark on the genre co-writing some Saw sequels and the Feast films.
With The Collection, Dunstan (and creative partner, co-writer and producer Patrick Melton) is back behind the camera with more confidence for a sequel that takes things to all-new extremes. If you really liked The Collector, chances are, you’re going to really like this next sick entry quite a bit. It’s a little less intimate than its predecessor; however, it’s bigger than and just as wicked as the first.