Fright Nights: THE COLLECTION

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Da'Mon Guy adds to his horror collection...


The Collection is the demented, twisted manifestation that will satisfy every fans yearning for a good horror film. This is the follow up to the 2009 film, The Collector, which expands upon the foundation laid in the first film whilst presenting an engrossing convergence of two perspectives of the horror genre, and clearly finding the delicate balance between the two.

The movie is full on gory and grotesque, offering grisly, gratuitous thrills and twisted humor. It fully embraces the modern state of horror films which focus heavily on blood and guts, whilst also using old school bone chilling, spine tingling horror perspectives, that many films like psycho and Friday The 13th made so great.

The Collection returns the star character from the original film, Arkin O‘Brian (Josh Stewart), and uses small flashbacks in order to establish continuity between the two movies. Whereas the first film didn't offer too much insight into the mysterious Collector, this addition delves deeper and gives us a little more about him. It's also bigger and bloodier, with more blood, bodies, and carnage from the outset. This one ratchets every aspect of the original ten fold.


Most of the film occurs within the confines of the place that the Collector houses his inhumane collection. Filled with great intensity, the tension and anticipation are nearly immeasurable. With each passing minute, the audience is held on edge in anticipation of the next gory encounter. The images within the film will test the limits of one’s tolerance as they go from disturbing, to disgusting, to downright revolting. This is not a film for the faint or weak of heart. But it’s not all blood and guts as some horror movies of this nature tend to be. The Collection has a good story that will offset the gore fest, and unlike many films of this kind that tend to lose the narrative when they ratchet up the gore, The Collection manages to find and maintain the right balance.
There are so few really good horror films that are released nowadays. There are far too many movies that cannot find the fine line between being and actual horror film and then becoming simply a experience for sheer grotesqueness. The Collection is one of the few movies in recent years that has the high level of blood and guts, but effectively uses it to enhance the movie as opposed to hyper focusing on it.


Part Freddy, part Jason, part Jigsaw all rolled into one. Here the Collector becomes the next great horror icon fans will love to fear. In short, The Collection is a must see for all horror fans.

Da’Mon is a writer and artist, a graduate of Coppin State University and an avid, life-long lover of film. Da'Mon has been actively writing movie reviews since 2011. Check out more of his work at Examiner.com, where he has published over 400 reviews. Visit his Blog and follow him on Twitter.  
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