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on May 12, 2015
This is, to me, a slasher with a lot of "Saw"ish style gore. I am a fan of the Saw movies but this film is a lot different. It's not just being trapped in room with some torture contraption strapped to your head. It's being stuck in a house with the most twisted booby traps and a horrorifying psycho stalking you. Which I think is great. It puts a new twist on the slasher and is truly scary. I watch a lot of horror and I usually don't get scared but there were points in this movie that I actually was scared.

I am a big fan of the slasher subgenre of horror and this was spot on. I miss when they used to make movies with these great horror icons: Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees. Now it's all about ghosts and hauntings, which I do enjoy some of them, but I wish they made more movies like this. It's a shame that this movie nor it's sequel have a huge following. I think the collector could be a modern face in horror but, sadly, paranormal movies are cheaper to make and people keep buying tickets so this will most likely remain a cult classic. I really hope we see another sequel!
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on June 11, 2014
Question one: Can there be "good" torture porn?
Answer: a qualified "yes", if you mean: artfully done. Masterfully accomplished.
I'll defend this at some other point, but right here I'll just add that I think gore hounds and scream queens and body melt fans and all the quibbling critics in the horror world should just band together and say that when David Edelstein coined the term "torture porn" he hit the nail right on the head. It is a freaking awesome name for a really twisted sub genre that only a few can handle, and that's how it should be.
Which brings me to the Collector, who is not only a seminal figure in Torture Porn, but also the second scariest on screen serial killer I have seen...
I used to doubt my judgment on that. I would say: but the guy's no Hannibal Lecter, right? And Lecter won the Oscar, which means he's the quality king, mother approved, case closed. Right?
Absolutely not.
Remember when Hannibal came out and all sorts of exposition and background stuff about Hannibal Lector came to the foreground and the dude just went from scary to frankly goofy.
Well get this: Nobody ever, not once, gives us a hint at what is driving the Collector.
Well, surely a smart analyst would start piecing apart the things that the Collector says to, say, his victims. Or the cops who are pursuing him.
But dig this. The Collector never speaks. Not here at least. Not word one. All you have are his torture porn misdeeds, which are graphic and in your face and reprehensible...
And the way the man flipping MOVES.
Two words for you: Juan Fernández. Can I hear some love? The man has a touch of Chaplin. He has a touch of Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is absolutely perfect.
So yes, you will see some stuff that is absolutely obscene and which you might never forget...but I'm guessing if you're reading this review, this is maybe not an issue for you.
So please check it out and please send Mr. Fernández some fan mail. I don't know the man, but he has earned it.
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on October 5, 2016
Great Movie!!! It was so different from all the rest of the "new: horror films. It definitely kept me entertained the entire time! Would absolutely recommend ☺
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on March 2, 2017
love love love this movie. im a horror fanatic and this tops it all. and the second one!
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on April 13, 2016
I bought this movie before the new one, The Collections came out. The movie came as expected, new and sealed. The case was still in perfect condition. I personally liked the movie and thought it was something I hadn't really seen before. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch something a little different, but still very scary. I am so glad I watched it before watching the new one, otherwise the new one wouldn't have made much sense.
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on April 27, 2017
Love, love, love this series! Good & gruesome.
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on March 7, 2010
The Collector was one of the best lower budget,or any budget for that matter horror/slasher films I have seen in a long time.
It was intense and on edge ...

There were a couple of story lines going on but they meshed well..The characters were well done especially "Josh Stewart" as Arkin,the ex con with a big heart who goes into the home he had just finished doing some handy work on to steal some jewels from a safe because he thought the family were going to be out of town.He needs this money to save "his" family from loan sharks"But what he finds inside is far from what he thought he would.No piece of cake or slam dunk here as he had assumed .

Instead he finds himself trying to avoid well conceived and planted Saw-esque booby traps all over the house.Then ends up trying to save the very family he went to rob from a masked intruder who collects humans or what's left of them.The way it was filmed in certain places was genius .The action and carnage was non stop.The blood and gore went way past my expectations and that along with a great story, creepy killer,and Stewart's presence made for a very rewarding watch.The power struggle and cat and mouse element were great and last but never least the gore effects were highly realistic ,not campy or over the top.Definitely re watchable, a few times.
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on June 15, 2017
My grandson is enjoying it
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on March 27, 2017
Awesome plot twists.
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on April 19, 2017
This movie is great! Outside the box from the Hollywood norm. If you haven't seen it, you should!
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