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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Madeline Zima
Andrea Roth
Josh Stewart.
Directors
Marcus Dunstan.
Screenwriters
Running Time
90 minutes

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The Collector
A piranha of a thrill-ride


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Plot
When debt-ridden Arkin (Stewart) breaks into his employer's family home, he finds himself substantially out-maniacked by Juan Fernández's masked man. But can he escape the house, and the traps laid within it, alive?


Review
The Collector
Arkin (Josh Stewart), a professional thief, breaks into a remote house, only to find a masked maniac (Juan Fernández) has already invaded and set cruel traps throughout the place. Arkin is torn between fear for his own skin and an impulse to help the family targeted by the killer. Director Marcus Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton cut their teeth on Saw sequels and the Dungeon-friendly Feast franchise, but here create their own surefire horror standalone. The conflicted criminal hero is a twist which freshens the home-invasion drama (à la The Strangers), as are the flinch-making DIY tortures (dangling fish-hooks, a carpet of bear-traps). It’s pared down to the bone, and its weird-looking villain is ultimately just another loon in a mask, but it’s a piranha of a thrill-ride: fast, ruthless and with lots of teeth.


Verdict
A nerve-fraying new take on the home-invasion horror.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Eh...Uhh.....Errrr.........It's Alright, I Guess.

This grimy little horror experience is a well-thought out and potentially excellent horror film that fuses the usual torture porn tosh with the nervy edge of a stalk n' slasher. A winning combination, maybe, but in the end, The Collector comes up dry. It's high gloss stuff, with production values nailing the dirty, antsy atmosphere to a T, and the mystery of the killer well considered and maintained. Even the first half of the film, with it's nail-biting premise and intriguingly gruesome situati... More

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Posted by blaud at 03:43, 02 February 2012 | Report This Post


Good film, dissapointing ending!

I did like this film right up until the last 5 mins. A completely bollox ending that makes no logical sense. ... More

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Posted by tallaght24 at 00:15, 18 January 2011 | Report This Post


Good film, dissapointing ending!

I did like this film right up until the last 5 mins. A completely bollox ending that makes no logical sense. ... More

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Posted by tallaght24 at 00:15, 18 January 2011 | Report This Post


Collect my bin bags please!

Ever since Bruce Wilis knocked the Gimp for six in Pulp Fiction he's been hitting the gym and has come back stronger and scarier than ever as seen in this bizarre film. Apparently he 'collects people' and is just doing the rounds on a normal, all -american family when another low life, handyman Arkin turns up in the middle of the night to steal the family fortune from their safe. The Colector is like a Saw film brought straight in to your very home. It's extremely light on explanation, but ... More

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Posted by gzus at 16:31, 05 December 2010 | Report This Post


got under me skin!

yes there are a couple of continuity errors but this is a horrible film in the best sense of the word. i enjoyed it in a scared sat on my own at home in the dark sort of way. nasty man setting all those traps ! had to sleep with the light on and could here all sorts of noises from outside as i was trying to sleep! now thats what i want from a horror. i'm satisfyingly shaken ! ... More

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Posted by jerkyjudas at 13:25, 17 November 2010 | Report This Post


got under me skin!

yes there are a couple of continuity errors but this is a horrible film in the best sense of the word. i enjoyed it in a scared sat on my own at home in the dark sort of way. nasty man setting all those traps ! had to sleep with the light on and could here all sorts of noises from outside as i was trying to sleep! now thats what i want from a horror. i'm satisfyingly shaken ! ... More

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Posted by jerkyjudas at 13:25, 17 November 2010 | Report This Post


Good. ... More

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Posted by reminn at 11:28, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post


Pile Of Crap

Title says all, this film is a major pile of crap. Not scary, confusing plot and STUPID ENDING! Grr, avoid this movie like the plague. I swear Empire was on drugs while watching this, it's truely terrible and waste of my time. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 18:28, 23 October 2010 | Report This Post


Pile Of Crap

Title says all, this film is a major pile of crap. Not scary, confusing plot and STUPID ENDING! Grr, avoid this movie like the plague. I swear Empire was on drugs while watching this, it's truely terrible and waste of my time. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 18:28, 23 October 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Rubbish.

L: sanchia L: UTB Avoid like a racist relative. Can I borrow that sometime? ote] Sure ... More

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Posted by UTB at 15:29, 30 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Rubbish.

L: UTB Avoid like a racist relative. an I borrow that sometime? ... More

Posted by sanchia at 10:38, 29 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Rubbish.

Christ, this is the i] film I have seen in years. A piss-poor setup means that we are stuck following a Sean Penn-a-like running round a house that has been laced with Saw-reject traps (like a dozen bear traps... really) by a man who appears to be wearing a bin-bag around his head. Even for horror fans, what few icky moments this film does have are entirely crapped on by the fact this film has plot, characterisation, entertainment value, humour, nothing. I don't often complain a... More

Posted by UTB at 01:39, 29 August 2010 | Report This Post


Rubbish.

The Collectorp; The Collector is a new horror film from the writers (Marcus Dunstan Patrick Melton) of Saw 4, 5, 6 and 7.  This film even started life under a different name (The Midnight Man) and as a Saw prequel.  However this was quickly dropped, just a shame the whole film wasn’t dropped.   Another gore fest with zero plot and zero characters anyone cares about.  We get a lot of up close nastiness with completely over the top deaths and torture.  A lot of this... More

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Posted by Death_Row_Marv at 16:25, 05 July 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Quality

Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.Director Dunstan makes his directorial debut with this gratuitous torture porn,which is a fast-paced, suspenseful horror that wastes no time on pointless exposition.It's has a 80s feel to it,from the dirty-ish cinematography to the pacing, editing and the casting choices.The s... More

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Posted by evil bill at 14:21, 03 July 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Quality

Easily the best horror movie so far this year out of the ones that I've seen, this is perhaps best described as Saw meets Feast meets the second half of Home Alone, and was originally intended requel to the Saw series. However, like many of the best movies of the genre, it takes certain ideas from other films and then twists and builds upon them.  A sympathetic burglar find that his latest house is actually full of traps set by a psycho who has already 'collected' other people-it's re... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 22:37, 01 July 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Quality

As a huge horror fan I pretty much hated this throughout. The whole movie is so dimly lit and rapidly edited that you struggle to make out just what the hell is going on. When you do finally get to see the action it just seemed to be unpleasant for the sake of it rather than ever being thrilling or scary. I can see why others would liken it to French horror movies of late, as it does follow similar beats, but films like Inside are far better crafted than this, and ultimately far more i... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 19:05, 01 July 2010 | Report This Post


Quality

Went and saw this film last night and was very pleasantly surprised. Not since Sam Raimi's DMTH have I seen such perfect use of sound to create tension.. This really made the film for me. Genuinely quite frightening and was on the edge of my seat.. Lets just hope it is not murdered by unnecessary sequels every year... Judging by the ending.... IT WILL BE :o ( ... More

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Posted by T jay at 16:22, 01 July 2010 | Report This Post


O_O 4 stars. You gotta be fuckin' kidding me! ... More

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Posted by sephiroth7 at 19:02, 30 June 2010 | Report This Post


Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant. Full of suspense and horrific scenes. It really had the feel of a lot of recent French horror films (Inside). It was only let down by a slightly disappointing ending. It needed a better climax but it was still a damn impressive horror film.Scary opening credits too! ... More

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Posted by paulmcdee at 15:01, 28 June 2010 | Report This Post


Distgusting It Should be Banned

This was the sickest most distgusting film Ive ever seen, it was just horrible not fun at all. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 20:12, 25 June 2010 | Report This Post


Distgusting It Should be Banned

This was the sickest most distgusting film Ive ever seen, it was just horrible not fun at all. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 20:12, 25 June 2010 | Report This Post


Best horror movie i've seen in ages. Suspenseful, gory, and with a great soundtrack. Also, it offers a sympathetic lead- something rarely seen in horror these days. Apparently it was originally intended as a prequel to Saw. I'm so glad they made it its own thing instead. ... More

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Posted by strangeone at 19:40, 19 June 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Totally agree, really tense and fun.

I saw the trailer recently, it didn't give much away but its good to see its worth a watch. ... More

Posted by MarcE at 10:26, 19 June 2010 | Report This Post


Totally agree, really tense and fun.

Wonderful little horror movie this. The early scenes in the house when the burglar hero first hears the masked psycho are really tense, and the snappy direction really amplifies this. There's gore, but nothing like the extreme levels in the more recent Saw movies, so that's a bonus. Good movie. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 02:58, 19 June 2010 | Report This Post


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