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The Collection is a 2012 American horror film and sequel to the 2009 film, The Collector. The film stars Randall Archer, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, Lee Tergesen, and Josh Stewart, who reprises his role from the first film as Arkin. It is written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, directed by Dunstan, and was released on November 30, 2012.

The Collection
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarcus Dunstan
Produced byBrett Forbes
Julie Richardson
Patrick Rizzotti
Mickey Liddell
Written byMarcus Dunstan
Patrick Melton
StarringRandall Archer
Josh Stewart
Emma Fitzpatrick
Lee Tergesen
Christopher McDonald
Music byCharlie Clouser[1]
CinematographySam McCurdy
Edited byMark Stevens
Kevin Greutert
Fortress Features
LD Entertainment
Distributed byLD Entertainment
Cinema Management Group (International Sales Agent)
Release date
  • September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21) (Fantastic Fest)
  • November 30, 2012 (2012-11-30) (United States)
Running time
82 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million[3]
Box office$8.9 million[3]


Teenager Elena Peters and her friends, Missy and Josh, go to a party. Elena witnesses her boyfriend, Brian, with another woman. She leaves the dance floor and enters an isolated room. There, she discovers a red trunk and opens it to find a severely injured Arkin O'Brien. Arkin grabs Elena and they dodge a steel spear, which triggers a series of deadly traps that kill everyone on the dance floor. The Collector appears and kidnaps Elena, while Arkin escapes by 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, an employee of Elena's wealthy father, who has hired a team of mercenaries to hunt the Collector down and save Elena. Lucello implies that if Arkin leads them to the Collector's hideout, he will expunge Arkin's record. Arkin leads the mercenary group to the Collector's base, an abandoned hotel. Meanwhile, Elena witnesses a man being tortured before escaping from the trunk. Upon the team's arrival, Arkin refuses to go inside, but Lucello forces him at gunpoint to guide them through the hotel. The Collector reenters the room and notices Elena has escaped before being alerted to the team's presence.

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. One member of the team is killed by the Collector immediately by being stabbed. Arkin takes the opportunity to escape from Lucello. While wandering the hotel in separate groups, Arkin, Elena, and Lucello's team all encounter live humans being experimented on and human body parts rearranged to resemble insects, which are displayed in glass cases. Members of Lucello's team are killed or captured. Elena eventually finds a prisoner named Abby, who claims to be the Collector's "favorite" and is reluctant to break his rules. The two are separated when the Collector finds them.

Eventually, Lucello and his surviving team capture Arkin in a room, but the Collector intervenes, kills most of the team, and captures a team member named Paz. Later, Elena and Lucello reunite, rescue Paz, and find Abby, who asks to escape with them. Abby then sabotages their efforts of escaping before being killed. As police converge at the hotel, attracted to gunshots fired by Arkin, the Collector again kidnaps Elena. Lucello is caught in a trap and has to be left behind. Arkin and Paz find Elena strapped to an autopsy table, but when they approach, they are trapped in a cage that falls from above. The Collector appears and threatens 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 and finds an exit door to the building, but it is jammed from the outside. The Collector appears again, kills Paz, and easily beats Arkin in a fist fight, thanks to the latter's broken arm. As the Collector is about to kill Arkin, Lucello intervenes, having escaped from his trap, and sacrifices himself so that Arkin can gain the upper hand. Arkin beats the Collector, throws him down a chute, and sets it on fire. As the building burns down, the firefighters hear Elena's screams and open the door from the outside, allowing Elena and Arkin to escape. As the two sit outside, Arkin notices a pile of trunks and, upon searching inside them, finds the Collector's burned mask with no corpse.

Sometime later, Arkin manages to track down the Collector's house by researching every registered entomologist within a 200-mile radius of their last encounter. Arkin confronts the unmasked Collector, holds him at gunpoint, and taunts him about his father, a museum curator who, Arkin has learned, was responsible for the Collector's madness and modus operandi. Arkin announces his intentions of torturing and eventually killing the Collector, so that he can never harm anyone again. When the Collector tries to attack him, Arkin forces him into the red trunk and locks him inside while cursing him and bashing his fingers with the trunk.



UK releaseEdit

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

International distributionEdit

The International distribution rights of The Collection are licensed by Cinema Management Group.[4]


Critical receptionEdit

The film holds a score of 36 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 15 critics, indicating a "generally unfavorable reviews".[citation needed] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 37% based on 49 reviews and an average rating of 4.1/10. The site's consensus reads, "The Collection offers more grisly thrills and twisted humor than its predecessor; in other words, fun for genre fans, but unpleasant for anyone else".[5]

Box officeEdit

On its opening weekend, The Collection grossed $3.1 million across 1,403 theaters in the United States, about $500,000 less than the opening weekend of the first film.[6] The worldwide gross was $8.9 million.[3]


On May 2, 2019 Josh Stewart announced that there will be a third entry in the series, currently going by the title The Collected.[7]


  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. ^ a b c "The Collection (2012)". The Numbers. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "CMG Closes Latin American deals on The Collection – The Collection". Screen Daily. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Collection (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Box Office Mojo – The Collection". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Finally, a Sequel to 'The Collector' and 'The Collection' is Happening! – The Collection". bloody-disgusting. Retrieved May 4, 2019.

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