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Murder Collection Vol. 1 Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Mayo   
Sunday, 12 April 2009

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Directed by: Fred Vogel, Jerami Cruise, Shelby L. Vogel
Written by: Fred Vogel, Don Moore, Shelby L. Vogel, Jerami Cruise
Produced by: Shelby L. Vogel
Special Effects by: Jerami Cruise
Cast: Jason Schneeberger, Tom Smith, Dorian K. Arnold, Jay Mattingly
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 82 Minutes

Official Website: Toe Tag Pictures

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It’s been almost three years since Kim, Becky, Emily, Phil, Carl and Steve regretfully ventured into The Redsin Tower for a night of partying.  It’s been even longer since Peter Mountain and his twisted cohorts terrorized a slew of victims, in front of the watchful eye of a camcorder.  Now, 2009 marks Toe Tag Pictures’ resurgence with their latest project, suitably titled Murder Collection Vol. 1.  Virtually kept under wraps for some time, this collective massacre has now crawled from the depths of Hell, right under our unknowing noses to surprise fans that have been thirsty for more.

Murder Collection Vol. 1 is essentially a modern day Faces of Death -- Toe Tags take on the Mondo film.  The only difference here is that all the simulated footage of death and carnage we see, is completely authentic.  The decadence is established with a textual introduction, beginning our fresh new series of moral descent.  The story reveals that in 1994 a web show called Murder appeared online, narrated by an unidentified person named Balan.  Murder showcased uncut and uncensored footage of violence and death caught on camera, from around the world.  In that web-era, these graphic depictions of death had not been witnessed prior to Murder.  The show lasted for four months, before authorities located the stream and seized the footage that had previously appeared online.  Balan was never found, but he still continues to compile footage, currently bringing the public his latest compilation: Murder Collection Vol. 1.

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The beauty of Toe Tag is their ability to keep you guessing.  After their rocketing success with the August Underground series, people disputed their ability to produce a story driven horror film.  Their overriding achievement, The Redsin Tower completely dispersed naysayers, proving them wrong.  With the trailer of Murder Collection initially making its rounds last month, one couldn’t help but get excited about another Toe Tag film.  Even though Vogel claimed he was finished with the August Underground trilogy, I instantly anticipated that another faux-snuff series was on the horizon.  Fans, I’m sure, would be content with another August Underground clone as long as it was created by the talented folks at Toe Tag Pictures.  What we have here however is something different.

Murder Collection Vol. 1 is exactly that, a collection of murder footage -- Balan’s composition if you will.  Balan is never seen in the film, but he does speak between the footage.  What we hear is a slowed down voiceover with text appearing on screen with whatever Balan wishes to say to the viewer.  Balan gives a more moralistic approach to showing the viewer this horrific footage.  Rather than shove the footage down your throat in a mocking, exploitative way such as Brain Damage from Traces of Death, Balan provokes the viewer to think about what they are observing.  “Why are you watching?” Balan questions, “Are you trying to find reality?  Do you feel the need to be shocked?” he continues.

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This anthology of simulated horrors we have here is really commendable.  You would never say one person, or one group created everything.  The footage is all so vastly different.  The varying media, in which the coverage is presented to the viewer, augments the effectiveness of Murder Collection.  Some sequences are shown through a webcam (Bludgeoning), through differing surveillance equipment, without sound (The Heist, and S&G), through shoddy camcorders (Broadway Rob, Ransom), black and white film (Execution) and the list goes on.

Murder Collection Vol. 1 contains 11 video shorts that work to differing degrees.  From amongst all 11 video shorts, there are sure to be some more favorable than others.  The Cheat (directed by Fred Vogel) will surely be a fan favorite, which tells the story of a distraught husband (Jason Schneeberger) as he proclaims his love for a wife, who doesn’t return the affection.  He makes her pay.  Broadway Rob (directed by Fred Vogel) is another that just oozes creepiness and will most likely be another favorite.  Here, we watch a couple of bound-and-gagged young lads, wearing nothing but their socks and underwear as they are lead into a room by a sexual predator (Tom Smith).  A healthy layer of sleaze spreads thick when the man forces the chubbier of the two captives to dance with him to circus music.  Someone meets a bitter end.  With Execution (directed by Jerami Cruise), Cruise shows once again that he’s one of the best makeup FX artists in the business.  Here we witness a man held down and decapitated, which looks as authentic as any Al-Qaeda beheading you’ll (n)ever see.  In addition, a makeup effects crowning achievement is born in Autopsy (directed by Jerami Cruise), where an Asian doctor (Dorian K. Arnold) works on a corpse.  Not since Nacho Cerda’s Aftermath has a corpse looked this cool.  My favorite of all is perhaps Bullied (directed by Fred Vogel), which seemed to get under my skin more than any other video.  Bullied shows a few guys as they march a nerd named Gromer (Jay Mattingly) into the woods whose understanding is that they’re all friends.  However once they are all in the middle of nowhere the bullying begins, escalating into an “accident”.  While this sequence was far less graphic than some of the other footage in Murder Collection, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Gromer, eventually striking a cord within me.  In Ransom (directed by Fred Vogel), where a gang of black guys have a woman held captive, is also chilling.  While The Heist is incredibly realistic in capturing a restaurant robbery via surveillance equipment, it will most likely be the least preferred of the bunch along with S&G since the others have far more to offer.

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Toe Tag Pictures’ Murder Collection Vol. 1 marks a new period in Mondo cinema.  The “Vol. 1” adage reveals that this is just the beginning of a new series from Toe Tag Pictures which is sure to move past videos like Faces of Death, and bring this simulated genre to a whole new level.  Fans of Toe Tag will very soon be clamoring for another entry into this fresh new series.   

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Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

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Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Murder Collection Vol. 1 - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

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Chris Mayo  - Order Info     |SAdministrator |2009-04-12 12:38:03
You can order Murder Collection Vol. 1 from Toe Tag's webstore, here:

http://www.toetagpictures.com/webstore/index.ph...
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