In ‘The Collection’, Josh Stewart plays a man who, having escaped the vicious grips of a serial killer, is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl (Emma Fitzpatrick) from a booby-trapped warehouse. Co-writer and director Marcus Dunstan talks about shooting his latest film. The creative literary force behind the franchise ‘Saw” films shares candid insight!
“The first time I directed was also something that I co-wrote with Patrick Melton called ‘The Collector’, the first movie, this film is a sequel. I had read there was a rule that you kind of have to be writer or be a participant in about three movies before you might take a shot at directing one so you can be immersed in the process of it! The main thing is, you want to engineer a movie that did not require or lean on the first. The first movie was modestly scaled, and it was a tiny horror sect of the horror movies in the sense that its pretty lean, pretty fast, but we were able to develop these characters.
“One being Josh Stewart who did Arkin and was given 15 minutes of precious screen time to develop his backstory, to learn about his family, learn about himself, and then his skill set as a thief. The other character was our villain, the collector, hence the name of the movie, who was a cypher of evil. A gentleman who was made of shadow that struck like a knife, and when those two skill sets go to war inside of a farmhouse, it was a joy to depict.
“With ‘The Collection’ we’re harkening back to a type of filmmaking that hasn’t been around for a while, that is a horror/thriller with action that has not been depicted since the late 70s early 80s in the format of super 35mm anamorphic film, with performances that are grounded very much in the real world, with a villain we’ve had an entire film to set up, with a hero the audience wants to see again, and with a woman in peril who’s not the typical ‘damsel in distress’. She’s not underdressed, she doesn’t run to the top floor of the haunted house when she should run out the front door, and when we turn on the terror machine, these characters bring a movie to life that even without a villain, would be riveting. By the very fact that we have a man of shadow, we have a film that is not only a sequel, but if the first film was a pup, ‘The Collection’ is the wolf. It opens on November 30th, the real ‘Black Friday’!” – Marcus Dunstan
~ Starring Josh Stewart, Christopher McDonald, Navi Rawat, Randall Archer, Johanna Braddy, Emma Fitzpatrick, Lee Tergesen, Daniel Sharman, Andre Royo, and Brandon Molale.
~ Directed by Marcus Dunstan; Screenplay by Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton.
~ LD Entertainment release (Rated R – 82 minutes)