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    ‘The Collection’(R)

    Wed., Dec. 12, 2012 | No comments
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    Horror movies are hard to take for those who don’t like the genre in general. And if you’re trying to slowly introduce someone to scary movies, don’t start here.

    For those in search of a few grisly scares and are looking to cringe in your seat, you could certainly do worse.

    An uneven sequel to the excellent “The Collector,” this movie goes to show that sometimes less is more. For some reason, being introduced to the mad house that serves as the killer’s lair makes him seem less scary rather than more so.

    Like the original, the movie survives through its strong cast. Josh Stewart – who can express more world-weary terror through his eyes than anyone I’ve seen – returns, and is accompanied by the strong performance of Emma Fitzpatrick (“The Social Network”).

    “The Collection” is certainly not for the squeamish, and there is enough fake blood to make even horror movie fans a little uncomfortable. Even so, it does follow my three rules to keep horror movies from going too far: One, the movie doesn’t try to make you root for the villain; two, character deaths are taken seriously; and three, the danger is taken seriously.

    Opening; “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

    - But whenever John Geddie wears his killer mask, it’s weird. How is that fair?

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