Thursday’s Thoughts: The Collection

Posted: November 29, 2012 by jperritt in Horror, Thriller, Thursday's Thoughts
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Twisted – unpleasantly or unhealthily abnormal.

It seems that the new torture-porn film, The Collection, relishes the idea of being sick. They plaster it on the poster for crying out loud – From the twisted writers of Saw IV, V, VI & VII.

I must admit upfront, I don’t know too much about The Collection. I know it is a sequel to The Collector (oooohhh…see what they did there). The plot is secondary to the gore. The story is just a means to get the characters into gore-iffic booby-traps that make the twisted audience cringe.

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it) these movies make money. The Saw franchise has made multiple installments (see above) and this very film is a sequel. What’s the draw? Why do people line up to watch other people get tortured?

We’re Twisted

Every human being is twisted (Romans 3:23). Christians are just as twisted as the twisted writers and twisted movie-goers lining up for The Collection. We are sinful. Our hearts are dark. They naturally crave darkness and have to fight, by the Spirit, for light. Our brains are warped and the fact that writers/directors are making these movies, as well as, the fact that people are going to see these movies, are proof of that.

Movies like this remind me of the laundry-list of sins listed by Paul when speaking of people who deny the existence of God. As he’s going through the list of sins, he mentions “inventors of evil” (Romans 1:29-30). Hmmm, inventors of evil. That’s a phrase that’s always stuck out to me. People who think of new ways to be evil, reproduce evil, and display evil. Performing evil in a way that makes others say, “Wow, I never thought of that one.”

That’s what these movies are – inventions of the depraved mind.

I say this not to heap guilt on those who view these types of films, but to give caution. At least ask yourself, why? Why go see people tortured for entertainment? Without a doubt, I think every Christian can understand there is some intrigue with films like these.

For example, whenever we drive by an accident or see police lights on the side of a highway, we typically crane our necks to see what’s going on. I’m not saying we’re hoping for violence, but we are curious.

All of that to say, I’m sure there are those people who go to films like The Collection with curiosity. Some people think, how bad could it be? What new and creative ways are they killing people off?

I can understand curiosity, I can understand the sinful heart and mind are often drawn to films like these, but be very cautious. Ask some of these questions before you buy your ticket:

  • Why do you want to see the movie?
  • What do you hope to gain from it?
  • If the content doesn’t bother you, shouldn’t it?
  • Will these depictions of evil effect you? Why or why not?

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