Well, that was f##king disturbing from start to finish!
I’ve had this film on a sort of ‘speed dial’ now for about 2 years but a good friend’s opinion of it led to me leaving it on the back burner.
I’ve had quite a few indie directors throwing their Found Footage efforts at me over the last fortnight and most of them have been utter gash!
This led to my decision to finally watch this rather twisted offering…and I was slightly surprised by the outcome!
Years after his controversial web series was shut down, a mysterious collector reemerges to showcase samples of the death clips that he has accumulated.
(Yeah I pinched the plot line from IMDb…again!)
This movie was yet another disturbing offering from Toetag Pictures – the whack behind the August Underground series.
Now, I haven’t reviewed August Underground on this site yet as I’m still struggling to decide on whether I like it or not!
So to be honest with you – I’m not exactly the biggest follower of this film production company.
But Toetag Pictures completed the August Underground trilogy with Penance in 2007 and things went relatively quiet for them afterwards.
There was a full two year break before Murder Collection V.1 hit the shelves…
Much like the August Underground trilogy – this film is supposed to convince the viewer that it is actually a home video belonging to some twisted freak.
This in itself manages to fill the audience with a feeling a sickness and dread.
Murder Collection V.1, with its framing device of the Balan “host” sequences, puts the footage one remove away from the viewer by giving it a context.
The acting is convincingly believable for the most part and that is a credit to the filmmakers – this title REALLY needed to appear real otherwise it would of stumbled at the first hurdle.
I think the very first segment, named Bludgeoning, sets the whole tone of the film and immediately puts you on edge.
I’m not going to throw out any spoilers but it’s a pretty hefty way to introduce someone to your horror world!
The camera work varies throughout the film as there are different mediums involved – this is often the case with segment-based Found Footage efforts so don’t let it put you off.
Overall the change from HD to grainy VHS and then webcam sort of breeds a level of realism – this title definitely thrives on that!
I enjoyed certain parts of the film – there’s no getting away from that, but I’m not really the biggest fan of Toetag’s ‘Let’s see how sick we can go!’ attitude.
It’s definitely a much better offering than ANY of the August Underground movies but it still fails to reach certain heights.
I don’t know what it is but Toetag films always seem to lack something that I can’t quite put my finger on…