While I am waiting to get my day started, Ithought I would at least start on a review. I waiting around in my hotel room in Columbus, Ohio today. I'm here for the HorrorHound Weekend, along with a concert I will go to tomorrow. I've been having fun so far. Yesterday was a bit boring though since there was no screenings or panels I just had to be at. Instead, I stood in lines to get some autographs for myself and some friends. I got myself a Scout Taylor-Compton autograph. I'm very happy about that. The convention itself seems smaller this year. Less to see and do, but they do have a nice guest list. Friday saw four movies screened, and today there will be two. The rest of the reviews for the convention will eventually go up at Top Horror Movies Club over the next few days, so be on the look out for them. After this review for The Collapsed (2011), and the other convention reviews, I will get started on the next series review.
The Collapsed hits the ground running as we meet the Weaver family. The Weavers are trying to get out of the city they are in as the world around them falls apart. Something has caused the "end of the world" and the Weavers are hoping to get to Dover's Bend, where they once lived. Scott (John Fantasia) is trying his best to lead his family, along with his wife Emily (Lise Moule), his son Aaron (Steve Vieira) and his daughter Rebecca (Anna Ross). They eventually find a car they can use, that has a dead child in the back which they get rid of. After driving for some time, they pull into a gas station hoping to steal some gas. They manage to find some food and weapons before Scott sees two men armed with better weapons. He takes his family and runs into the nearby woods, hoping to make it the rest of the way on foot. They soon learn though that other people are the least of their worries.
I liked that writer/director Justin McConnell didn't start the movie by trying to explain what happened with the world. Sure it is a little confusing, but it doesn't take long to pick up on that something bad has happened. This is never fully explained, but we get the general idea of what has caused the world to end by the end of the film. The idea behind the movie is sound, but it was stretched pretty thin for the 82 minute run time. I don't mind slow movies as long as things are kept at least somewhat interesting, which is what The Collapsed didn't really do. Once in a while some strange noises pop up that cause either Scott or Aaron to perk up and point their gun in different directions. The camera, acting like something the characters may or may not see, circles around and zooms in until the gun is pointed at it and it circles around some more. This was a little interesting the first time, but when it happens a few more times, it becomes less so. Deaths when they happen now have less impact since not a whole lot was keeping me interested leading up to them. By the time McConnell gets around to explaining what is going on, many horror fans should already have it figured out. It wasn't the explanation I thought it would be, but it was close enough.
People do get shot in this movie, but there is very little as far as effects go. I guess they weren't really needed for this type of film, but it would have been nice, especially at the end. The acting was pretty good at least. I would have liked to seen more from Lise Moule and Anna Ross though. John Fantasia has the lead role, and does a pretty good job with it. There was a couple of times I didn't really buy into his acting, but this wasn't major enough for me to fully complain about it.
Being the first film of the day, I wanted to really like The Collapsed. If this movie started things off on the right foot, hopefully the rest of the movies would follow. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading my other reviews, but so far only one movie has been interesting for me so far. With two more films to go, hopefully these will do better. The Collapsed wasn't what I would call a bad film even though I didn't like it. McConnell does a nice job with directing and lighting, I didn't find any of the scenes to dark, but the story just couldn't carry for the full length of the film. With this being McConnell's second feature length film, I am curious to see what he comes up with next. Not sure when it will be on DVD, if it isn't already. That is something else lacking at this convention, directors talking about their films. Anyway, if this one does sound interesting to you, give it a look.
2 out of 5 Off to fight my way through the crowds again