MURDER COLLECTION V.1.
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Daniel V. Klein
and Shelby Vogel
What's it about
Murder Collection V. 1 is a pseudo collection of snuff movies taken from a supposed website that was shut down a decade ago. Itís hosted by a dude named Balan, and lots of people die.
Is it good movie?
So for the second time in a week, I had the pleasure of reviewing another entry from Toetag Pictures, a company that from what I gather specialize in making low budget fake snuff films. Their first movie I watched was Maskhead, but I found it nearly unwatchable and nonsensical, making the mistake of focusing solely on unlikeable and unrelatable characters. This entry, Murder Collection V. 1, keeps the snuff film idea alive, but tackles the subject in a markedly different way as it really isnít a movie in the traditional sense. No, itís more like a series of short films spliced together to create a collage of death from all across the globe. Each scene shows death unfolding in different manners and in different scenarios. Thatís right, a little variety to please everyoneís favorite medium for an untimely fate!
Now for anyone familiar with bootlegged VHS copies of Faces of Death back in the day (wow, that makes it sounds really damn old), those tapes essentially worked the same as in Murder Collection V. 1 where a myriad of death is shown. However, the big difference here is that FOD never included a narrator. The violence just unfolded. Murder Collection V. 1 includes a mystery man known as Balan, who acts like a demented crypt keeper (an oxymoron if there ever was one). However, he lacks the charm of the Tales from the Crypt character, though he wouldnít work in this format anyway. Why? Because Murder Collection V. 1 sells itself as real. See, according to the opening scroll, this movie is based upon a ďreprehensible web show, Murder, pioneered a new form of entertainment through cyberspace.Ē Supposedly, authorities shut down the site, but Balan escaped with his massive collection of death films in tow. Murder Collection V. 1 represents his great and mysterious collection.
So is this any good? Honestly, I donít know. I see the merits of it; the movie acts like an examination of death and what drives people to do what they do. It never makes a statement about the characters or judges what they do. The camera simply captures what unfolds. However, is that enough? In the end, I think itís an interesting exercise, but I donít know if it makes it a good movie. This isnít the type of film that I suspect most viewers would revisit often, if at all. Instead, itís just an experiment that people will dig or not, depending on how much violence and gore that can stomach without a story for context. While it captivated me at times with certain segments, others seemed unnecessary or overdone. But maybe thatís just me.
A brief side note. If a studio sends out a screener copy they donít necessarily have to keep the watermark with the copyright on the screen at all times. In the case of this film, where Balan speaks in subtitles to introduce the scenes, itís impossible to read text beneath text. Iím just saying. Help a brother out.
Video / Audio
Video: A Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of Surround Sound.
More of an experiment than an outright movie, Murder Collection V. 1 is for fans of either snuff, Faces of Death, or just carnage in general. Iíd recommend stay away if those donít float your boat.