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4.0 out of 5 stars "Saw" meets "Home Alone" is an intense thriller of torture porn, May 27, 2010
This review is from: The Collector [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
"The Collector" was written and directed by Marcus Dunstan with the writing help of Patrick Melton. The two have worked together on the Saw movies installments 4, 5, 6, and the upcoming 7 so that fact that this movie is "Saw" meets "Home Alone" is a very accurate statement. The premise is that a down-on-his-luck father needs some money by midnight and decides to rob an employer while the family is on vacation. Unfortunately, someone else got there first and has set up a series of intricate, deadly booby traps top to bottom in this mansion.

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.

This is one of the best scary movies I've seen in the last couple of years. There is no filler, very little exposition at the beginning, it just jumps right into the thrilling cat-and-mouse game where you keep waiting for the killer to discover someone else is in the house. One more scary note: the killer likes to put people in boxes.

This film also features a quick cameo from Claire's lesbian college friend in "Heroes" and yes, she gets topless so...enjoy that, I guess.

End verdict: go rent this for thrills and chills. Not a movie to eat during. Bring a pillow to shove in front of your face when it gets too freaky.
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Initial post: May 28, 2010 2:59:17 PM PDT
Jonny Lee says:
NOTE TO EVERYONE: There is NO pornography (porn) in this film! Torture...yes, but NO porn!

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 2:31:43 PM PST
jj says:
Have u seen the sequel,the collection? Does josh stewarts character survive?

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 12:48:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2013 4:00:05 PM PDT
Joe Shmo says:
Please don't call this Torture Porn. Them two words don't help the Horror Industry. If you like good old fashion horror which is not edited to be PG crap in the future please discontinue to use "Torture Porn". The Anti Horror Mothers love when people label horror flicks with these word. OK Dokley?

Joe Shmoe

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2013 6:36:55 PM PDT
Thank you Jonny Lee for the warning!
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