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Josh Stewart stars as Arkin, a guy trying to get by on a honest day's pay for an honest day's work yadda yadda yadda, but when put in a crunch proves skilled at robberies in order to save his family from loan sharks. Little does he know that the second he enters this house, the probability of his ever seeing them again plummets dramatically. There is a dagger chandelier, an acid floor, fish hook curtains, boarded up windows rigged with razor blades, and trip wires everywhere. This is one intense journey into torture porn that only the strong can stomach. If you can't get enough "Saw" and wish Kevin had been just a little more naughty than paint cans in "Home Alone", this is your chance to see something spectacular. Cat-lovers, beware.
This house is a maze of stairways, doorways, hallways, and it can get easy to get lost so the director does a great job of showing the audience where our "hero"...er..."hero-ish guy" is by raising the camera over the door frames through the ceiling so you can see where the good guy is and where the bad guy is easily. There is also different lighting throughout the house. Of course, most rooms are very dark but some have bluish tints and the basement has a creepy slimer-glow.Read more ›
The actual killer, the character himself, is slow, deliberate, and evil. Without a word spoken, the guttural tortuous sounds and taunting whispers are pure sadism, and a means to a deadly, horrendous end. He's vulnerable, realistic, and a very well done, albeit underdeveloped character.
On the other hand, the setup, story, and character development is fairly nonexistent; and that's the problem. No real reasoning is given for the pointless murders, other than the killer lives up to the movie's namesake: He's a collector. In that respect, the movie is quite disappointing. Meanwhile, the protagonist - if you can call him that - is Arkin (Josh Stewart), a repairman who takes jobs at large houses just so he can rob them later. There is back story with his wife and a loan shark, but it's completely irrelevant to the moral dilemma he faces, whether it's fortune and flight, or a possibly fatal fight. I'm not really sure why it was included, and the movie would have been better suited to have one more relative - perhaps an alcoholic uncle staying on vacation - to eviscerate in a ridiculously contrived manner. Story and character development is simply non-existent or unimportant to the filmmaker's purposes.Read more ›
The rest of the movie deals with the burglar finding the house is now a house of horror, booby-trapped with trip-wires, bear traps, razors and the master bedroom has the floor entirely covered in glue so the collector can trap the owners of the home like flies on a fly strip. The collector is a silent masked predator and we learn if he likes you, he collects you but if he doesn't want you he kills you. This info is provided by one of the collectibles confined in a large red box.
The problem with the film is, there is no explanation of how the collector was able to booby-trap the house in a short window of time and the movie is mostly a set-up for some ingenious kills including a disembowelment, but the movie comes through with the torture and gore and like Jigsaw, Jason and Freddy before him, the collector will be coming back for more blood and guts.
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I go into horror movies I've never heard of with pretty low expectations. The Collector is actually just as good, if not better than any of the Saw movies or slasher movies, it... Read morePublished 1 day ago by joshua burns
My 16-year-old and I loved The Collection, so we were thrilled to discover there was another one in the series.Published 12 days ago by Erik Therme (author of Mortom)
This is a very gory movie and not for children, but it is put together very well and makes a great story.Published 14 days ago by Kat A
Watched it for the first time the other night and I think it was awesome.Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Kate
I absolutely love this movie. I remember seeing the trailer for this movie, and waiting to see it at the theater, but it never got screened, at least nationwide (limited... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SDGutter
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|the collector dvd delayed again||
What happened here???
Mar 23, 2010 by Andres Diaz | See all 4 posts
|This is out||
its only at blockbuster
Mar 15, 2010 by Emma M. Mitchell | See all 2 posts
|Why is this movie impossible to get?!?!||
Deep Discount have it.
May 19, 2010 by HRH | See all 11 posts