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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 29/10/2013 4:20:35 PM   

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What is it all about?
Naturally beautiful, Jessica (Dallender) has just settled into New York where she, like many other young women, is trying to make it as a model. But what starts out as an innocent and simple photo shoot soon turns into something disturbingly unthinkable! Raped, tortured and kidnapped to a foreign country, Jessica is buried alive and left to die. Against all odds, she manages to escape. Severely injured, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive, but to exact her revenge…

The Hughes Verdict

More of the same......

To jump straight on the defensive here, for those who want to moan about the sequel to the remake of the 1970's classic banned shocker, then why are you watching it?
With the same director in the shape of Steven R Monroe behind the camera, ISOYG 2 was going to be nothing more than a basic rehash than what we have seen before. But like all sequels of this nature, what we should expect is a bigger elaborate plot, more higher grisly death counts and basically more shit hitting the fan. In many ways we do get that to the joys of the fans of the franchise, but for some who never tires of "revenge flicks", you may end up having the same confused feelings I had, in which an uneven balance brings this sequel to a sort of missed opportunity,

You see I honestly thought ISOYG 2 for the majority of the running time was surpassing its original remake. By placing Katie (Jemma Dallender) in a more dangerous situation, the sequel ups the ante more ways than one and to be fair, the slow build up to the horror that awaits her is a great tease but its just a shame that what follows becomes a lame conclusion that will frustrate those expecting a bloodbath of the highest proportion.

We start well though. Instead of dreaming of being a writer like the last film, this lead girl want's to be a model and phone's a number to get some high profile modeling shots done. On arrival she is greeted from an EastEnders old guard in the shape of Joe Absalom who with a dodgy Bulgarian accent plays a character Ivan, not a very likeable guy but then what men are in any ISOYG films. Here we see Katie in a room full of dodgy foreigners and you may think that the danger starts to unfold there but surprisingly it doesn't despite the best intentions of Ivan in wanting Katie to remove all her clothes.

The outcome happens in her own flat, when one the guys follows her home, brutally rapes her and then murders a neighbour who was only trying to do the right thing. Left with a dead body and a naked woman, Georgy (Yavor Baharov) phones the rest of his brothers and they do what many sick bastards would do and take poor Katie to their home country and repeatly rape her and then put her in a box and bury her deep into the ground. Of course being this franchise, Katie escapes and while at first she does the right thing and cries for help, she is soon into full vengeance mood and those who put her through misery are surely going to pay.....

This is where the film loses the sparkle for me personally. With found footage boring the crap out of me with endless films hitting the market, before that gimmick was in front of the whole horror genre, we had torture porn and sadly on witnessing this sequel, the whole trend still feels tired and bland. Yes the rape scene may be uncomfortable for some, but having seen A Serbian Film in all its uncut glory, the entire sequence just went straight over my head.

Its a good set up, a tease of a plot before the carnage but films of this genre live or die by the horror scenes and there is nothing on show here that feels fresh and exciting, there is not one highlight that rival's the bird and eye set piece that made the remake stand out. Also despite the early promise shown by Dallender, by the time she loses the plot and is bloodthirsty, her high pitched scream and vengeance voice really irritated me, "Stop screaming and just kill the bastards!....please!!!!"

Die Hard fans may get a huge kick out of yet another woman raped and fights back storyline but even when this was announced there were horror fans wondering why are they trying to make a franchise out of such a film like ISOYG.....and sadly that is what this sequel feels like. A total unnecessary addition, in fact a wasted opportunity more like.

If Monroe or whoever is in charge of this franchise really wanted to cause some ripples then maybe they should have really shook up the formula and have a guy in the lead role, being raped and tortured by a group of women. It would have been fresh and something new, but I suppose we can't have that can we. A guy being the innocent victim?


From the writing-directing team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw IV, V VI and 3D) comes The Collection, a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn. Directed by Dunstan and starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises, The Collector), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network) and Christopher McDonald ( Boardwalk Empire, Requiem for a Dream), the film centers on a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who has become the latest obsession of a crazed killer who collects humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors.....
The Hughes Verdict

Despite it being more or less a box office failure and a few big rewrites due to the fact that it was originally going to be a SAW prequel, 2009 saw the arrival of The Collector, a horror that may have flopped big time but has grown in popularity on DVD.

With gore porn horror done to death thanks to the endless return of Jigsaw, The Collector sadly got lost in the mainstream as fans got bored with the whole genre and really didn't want to spend another 90 minutes watching the same old torture scenes over and over. Sadly those who have never watched the original, have missed one of the most underrated horror films of the last twenty years.

Brilliantly staged, with each scene dripping with tension, it was a kind of horror that deserved to find some love, especially as they created an all new boogeyman to drive fans wild with excitement Thankfully, following the likes of Shawshank Redemption, The Collector came to life on dvd. Massive word of mouth caused huge sales and added by critical acclaim, the studio were stunned by the demand of a sequel and so four years on, it arrives in the shape of the cleverly titled The Collection, a straight to DVD offering that the makers hope appeases those who wanted it badly.

But is it worth the wait?

For those not in the know! The original saw an unlucky burglar break into an house only to find each room filled full of traps, the family tied up in the basement downstairs and a gimp like evil mother bastard who I suspected was actually Kevin from the Home Alone films. Years of being abandoned by his parents and left on his own has caused a mental breakdown and now he goes into people's homes, fill each room full of traps and enjoys the tortue.
Being such a huge fan of the original (I thought it was better than any of the SAW films), I had high hopes that The Collection would delight my horror senses and while it was great to see the evil bastard back, the sequel suffers badly as it fall's into the same path seen countless of times by other films.

Ever since Ripley led a team of marines back to that face hugging A L I E N planet, most horror sequels like to follow the blueprint, you only got to look at The Descent PT 2 and see how dumb the idea of " lets go back!" does not really work anymore. Here we see the returning Arkin (Josh Stewart) suffer the same fate! Having survived and lived through the chaos of the original, he finds himself back in trouble when a gang of mercenaries led by Lucello ( Lee Tergesen) drags him to the home of "The Collector" to help find a missing girl Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick). What follows is nothing more than a bigger, more gory, more deaths storyline that is watchable but totally misses the simple tension approach that made the original such a thrill ride.

From the off, you can feel the different tone because we have a bonkers set-piece involving a rave and The Collector playing his little game. Its a brilliant imaginative set-piece that ends up with body parts flying at the camera and while this is great for the gore-hounds, it makes the film now seem more like SAW than it should.

The original worked because it was all set in one house with only a few characters and poor Arkin trying his best to save them by going from room to room. It made you feel claustrophobic and sucked into the whole messy caper! Now the whole universe has been expanded, it feels sort of like any other film of this nature, it has lost its very essence that made it so different and special!

The Collection is not a total dud! The lead bad guy is such a wonderful creation and with a gory imaginative kill every five minutes, the film flies by, even though it offers nothing in the shape of character development.

What saves the whole show is the final five minutes. I and probably many others were expecting a different climax, but the film gets turned on its head thanks to a brilliant last scene that somehow brings the whole two films together in a wonderful way and should end any hope of a third film called The Collected......

Losing the simple approach of what made the original special is why The Collection is a good follow up, but does not quite live up to the high expectations many probably wanted, but despite all that, its still much better than most of the horror films that get released in the big screen these days...........



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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/9/2015 5:22:06 PM   

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Bye Guys...thanks to this thread, I be forever in its debt....without it, I be no part of HorrorCultFilms........

Amazing amazing time......


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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 15/9/2015 9:12:07 PM   

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Hello! Hope you're well :)


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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 16/9/2015 4:57:03 PM   

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Hello old friend! Hope you OK? Yeah its been a hard 3 years.....marriage break up, living without the kids, moving.....but finally getting there. Even though I haven't hardly been around this place doing that time, to hear its closure is a massive shame. I owe this place a huge amount of gratitude as without this thread I never would be with the writing team of HCF!

I did lurk on occasions without ever logging in and it was great to see some old faces like yourself still posting.....I just hope one day our paths will cross, somewhere along the this place once upon a time was the best thing on the internet.......


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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 19/9/2015 10:47:53 AM   
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Hughes, if you see this, check your PMs.


So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

Much more better!

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RE: Hughes Horror Collection - 19/9/2015 7:39:38 PM   

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Read and replied my friend.... if you never got it your end, let me know.....and I send you an email!


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