Lee Tergesen plays Lucello, the leader of a
rescue group sent in to save a young woman from the clutches of a
masked killer who first surfaced in the 2009 horror film, "The Collector."
In the first film, an ex-con named Arkin plots a heist and breaks into a country home
where he discovers the family that lives there is trapped by a
sadistic, masked who has set deadly traps throughout the house. The
sequel is poised to take the "grisly game of booby traps to bold
heights," according to
an article on RabidDoll.com.
Marcus Dunstan returns as the director, and he
shares the writing credit with longtime collaborator Patrick Melton.
Special effects artist and "gore-guru" Gary Tunnicliffe also is
returning, along with lead actor Josh Stewart as Arkin.
"While the first one was mainly contained to a house in the middle
of nowhere, the scale is larger on this one in all regards,"
co-writer Patrick Melton told
DreadCentral.com. "I don't want to
give anything away, but the opening 'massacre' is pretty cool. With
the 'Saw' films, we always shot for a couple of 'awe' moments in
terms of spilling blood, and this one could be pretty spectacular.
We'll see how it comes out."
early review by ShockTillYouDrop.comlikes the way it turned
out: "The bottom line is that 'The Collection' is a
blast; it's pulpy, grotesque and packed with the warped sort of
humor we've come to expect from Dunstan/Melton."
The review further describes the action: "The
stage is set with the kidnapping of Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), the
lone survivor of a nightclub attack in which 'the Collector' pulls
off his greatest massacre ever - one of the bloodiest and best
on-screen opening scene bloodbaths since 'Ghost Ship.' Trapped in a
labyrinthine abandoned hotel by her well-armed captor, Elena spends
the film attempting an escape with the help of a rescue team lead by Arkin (Josh Stewart)
[and Lee]. Said hotel, of course, is inhabited
by the Collector and this nest of his is brimming with grisly traps
and other surprises."
that the movie was "a 28-day shoot, which is nine days more than we
had on the original film. This one is much more ambitious." About shooting in Atlanta, he said,
"It has a ton of great old buildings that we're using for various
Of the cast, Melton said, "We have a good mix of young and veteran
actors, and everyone has been really excited."
Filming took place January-February 2011.
The movie is part of the initial slate of films to be released
through LD Distribution, a new entity created by production
and distribution financier, Liddell Entertainment.
interview with DreadCentral.com on Sept. 13, screenwriter
Patrick Melton said, "The film is a tight little horror flick that
expands the universe a bit and sheds more light on 'The Collector,'
our masked killer. For the first film we saw the killer out in the
world, but for this one we're mainly trapped in his house of
"We pick up about two weeks after the last one ended.... Some people
assumed that Arkin died at the end of the last one, but he's still
alive, and he's going to continue to cause trouble for 'The
Collector' on very unfamiliar territory this time. It's a fun little
game of cat-and-mouse set in this creepy location with deadly traps
around every corner."
He's so great; he trained for an incredibly
long time with the stunt guys for the knife fight. We had a
stunt guy ready to go and Mr. Tergesen was like, "No way, this
is my moment and I'm doing it!" So every moment I would happen
to turn around, I'd see him off in the corner with the stunt guy
ramming those knives and learning how to work it.
So we wanted to justify why he'd pick a knife over a traditional
weapon like a gun. At one point, he does use a weapon but that's
only when he loses control of the environment or he gets good
and pissed off. It was great to see a knifesman take on a
knifesman in this.
There's even a longer version of that
fight, for like two and a half minutes, where you really get to
see them go at it.
I hope we get to see that extended version in
the DVD edition!