The Collector (2009) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Marcus Dunstan
Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
Producers: Brett Forbes, Julie Richardson, Patrick Rizzotti, Christopher Lockhart
Date Released: July 31, 2009
Josh Stewart as Arkin
Michael Reilly Burke as Michael Chase
Andrea Roth as Victoria Chase
Juan Fernández as The Collector
Karley Scott Collins as Hannah Chase
Daniella Alonso as Lisa
Haley Pullos as Cindy
William Prael as Larry Wharton
Diane Ayala Goldner as Gena Wharton
Alex Feldman as Chad
Madeline Zima as Jill Chase
Robert Wisdom as Roy
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
When the Chase family moves to an isolated house in the middle of nowhere in Detroit, Arkin (Josh Stewart) is hired to fix the windows and the doors. Later he meets his daughter and his wife that has a debt with dangerous sharks and needs money, but his week payment is not enough to pay her debts. Arkin plots to heist the safe of Michael Chase (Michael Reilly) during the night to raise the necessary money. However, when he arrives in the house, he finds that a sadistic criminal has imprisoned the family and planted traps everywhere. Arkin seeks a way out of the deadly house to save his life.
This movie has tons of gore and blood. A beheaded body, wrapped in plastic and hanging upside down, is shown. There are several shots featuring bloody, dead bodies. A teen boy walks into a room loaded with bear traps: they clamp onto various parts of his body as he falls, ending with one clamping onto his head, killing him. A mechanical device hurls a teen girl into a wall of spikes, killing her. A man is hanging from the ceiling by hooks through hands. There are also many hooks pierced in his back, holding him to a wall; another man slices his forehead with a knife, then takes a hammer and chisels the man’s teeth, knocking one tooth out. Afterwards the man cuts the other man’s abdomen with a knife, then pushes several cockroaches onto the wound as the first man screams. The man then strains against the hooks to free himself, tearing his flesh. To name a few.
The Grave Review
What The Collector collects is interesting and the collector killer himself is extremely freaky and intimidating. His mask and most distinguishable feature being his creepy, glowing eyes.
The kills are imaginative and memorable, with ingenious and clever traps and a great claustrophobic atmosphere.
Anchoring all the madness is a solid performance from lead actor Josh Stewart using his panicked, mad dog eyes to display all the details and motivations of his mostly mute character. Madeline Zima, Michael Reilly Burke, Karley Scott Collins, and Andrea Roth did an excellent job with their performances although their screen times was minimal because they were the collector’s victims. The Collector has an intense atmosphere with awesome kills, well-done camera work and deaths resulting in a slaughter fest that might be too much for the average horror fans or non-horror fans.
One negative to the film is the ending, which we have seen countless times before and it’s not any more surprising or different, but still, the collector is engaging and fast paced. It is what a slasher film should be; tense and entertaining.
The Collector (2009) is a great film which delivers something we’ve all seen before but in a slightly different way. It’s an intense and thrilling ride with some excellent suspenseful directing, an intriguing killer and would recommend it to any dedicated horror fan.
Because of the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews The Collector (2009) three graves out of five graves.
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