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THE COLLAPSED
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Reviewed by: Zombie Boy

Directed by: Justin McConnell

Starring:
John Fantasia
Steve Vieira
Anna Ross

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
After an unspecified collapse of modern society, two parents and their adult children find themselves fighting for survival in a world apparently gone mad. But from whom do they have more to fear: outsiders, or themselves?
Is it good movie?
The Weaver family is not having a good day. Society has gone to hell in a hand-basket, and theyíre reduced to appropriating vehicles and goods, and want nothing more than to have a damned shower. Scott has a plan to get Emily and their kids, Aaron and Rebecca, off to where their other son lives. Everyone but Scott thinks heís already dead, but, Hell, they have to go somewhere. On the way they encounter some bad men with guns, and some strange, unseen force in the woods that just may be capable of making nice people do bad things.

I was trying to go with The Collapsed. The production value is pretty high; everything looks and sounds good. The acting is a little hammy and the dialog poor, but still, I like to be optimistic. The plot seemed a bit like The Road, what with an unnamed catastrophe having occurred and some people traveling just for the sake of traveling, but then they started talking about some feeling they had, like there was something else there with them in the woods they are forced to hide in, and it started to lose me.

Then, when the Weaver family starts falling away like limbs off a leper, I turned off entirely. Normally Iím all about a supernatural element to my horror, but when a movie starts off as a survivalist story and slaps on some demon/alien/whatever crap at the end, seemingly because it canít hold on to the original plot, I canít hang. Especially when the flashback scenes and the ďtwistĒ directly contradict what weíve already seen. In the words of Annie Wilkes, he never got out of the cockadoodie car.

There is one genuinely disturbing scene that occurs during a dream sequence, and if the filmmakers had only realized how powerful that image had, and attempted something similar in other parts of the film, we may have had something less pedestrian here to watch. Oh well.
Video / Audio
Video: This is technically a screener, so I donít have video stats, but as Iíve said, it looks really good for the low budget.

Audio: There are three audio tracks on this screener: 5.1 Surround, Pro Logic 2 Surround, and regular stereo.
The Extras
This is a screener, but it does have a collection of trailer for itself and two other Unstable Ground productions, Skull World and The Eternal.
Last Call
While The Collapsed is a professional endeavor in execution, the content is lacking. We have a family that is kind of annoying, a nebulous end of the world plot, and a twist ending that pulled the amazing feat of being both telegraphed and nonsensical. While I canít say that it sucked, I also canít recommend it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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