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This one was a real mixed bag for me. The story itself is a great idea: the petty thief trying to keep his desperate family afloat by robbing a wealthy family he has been working for, only to find that he needs to become a hero and save the people he set out to victimize. Shockingly, there is a sadistic maniac already in their home at the moment of his poorly timed break-in. There were definitely some very tense moments. And The Collector himself was really menacing, wordlessly pursuing his victims from behind an intimidating mask, the only part of him visible his unnaturally luminous eyes shining from the darkness. However, the filmmakers seem determined to tread into the overdone and tired cliche that is torture porn. There is no discernible reason for why a man who apparently enjoys collecting live victims needs to spend so much time and effort gruesomely maiming them. And the ridiculously complicated series of booby traps he sets up around the house seem to be a poorly disguised cash grab at the Saw franchises' success. The bloody violence has no real tie to plot. And so a movie that had the potential to be a really original and entertaining thriller descends into a nonsensical display of pointless brutality.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
"Saw" meets "Home Alone" is an intense thriller of torture pornMay 27 2010
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"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.
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
ADT's worst nightmareSept. 14 2009
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Imagine if the madman from Saw watched Home Alone as inspiration for his next master plan of senseless killing. Bear-traps, trip-wires, a house where every corner presents a mortal danger, I wouldn't open that cookie jar if I were you. How to get out? How to survive the kitchen and the foyer? How to navigate the dangers of a house when torture traps are set up everywhere and a masked psycho with glowing eyes is slashing and cutting with razor sharp knives?
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. It's essentially the Panic Room without either the panic or moral obligation - not to mention superior acting - of Forest Whitaker.
The pace and tension, however, is very well done. Dark, creative kills, realistic blood and gore, a wonderfully done disembowelment, and enough torture-porn to appease even the most ardent horror buff, but not the most keen cinema fan.
Go to quicken your pace, to arrest your heartbeat, and to rip your fragile home-owner securities to shreds. Recommended for the non-pretentious movie fan or horror aficionado who wants a plotless, pulse-pounding smorgasbord of blood.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Gory, Creepy, ThrillerFeb. 13 2010
Richard J. Andrews Jr.
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I don't know what some of these people are talking about, but this movie is AWESOME. I have to admit, I didn't think it was going to be this much Gore in the movie. I haven't been this creeped out in a Horror movie like this in a long time. I just don't understand why there were so many traps in the house. If anyone is familiar with the Video Game "Deception" you will think this would have made a perfect movie. I really don't like much gore like how some of the Saw movies started off, but I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The only thing I want to know is if this guy is Human?? I wanted to see his face so bad. If there is a sequel, I'm sure they will go into some of the backstory of who the guy is, but if your ready for a good horror movie, This one is worth a watch.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
THE UNLUCKY BURGLARApril 25 2010
Robert F. Powers
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The Collector is like Jigsaw invited Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger over for a cup of tea and some blood-letting. A sub-contractor/thief has staked out his latest rich victim to burgle and this time he needs the money to help his ex-wife escape losing her knee caps to a loan shark. That is the entire story.
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.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A new cult fave has arrived!May 21 2010
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In an isolated mansion somewhere, a new family moves into a mansion known as the Chases (Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth and Karley Scott Collins) as they believe it is just the right place. However, Arkin (Josh Stewart) was fixing their windows and doors as he is a con-artist that needs more money even for his wife as he decides to play burglar at their house when they aren't home, unfortunately there is another criminal called The Collector (Juan Fernadez) has imprisoned the family with a few other people as he has booby-trapped the house for uninvited guests but can he find a surviving family member and get out alive?
Intense, creepy and gory slasher movie from the writers of Saw IV and V is quite an original and startling shocker. It's been called a Torture movie but there is only a couple but not alot as this is actually a slasher movie in the Home Alone mode where are are booby-traps such as fox-traps on the floors in a hall, acid sticky glue, windows with razors etc and of course the usual stabbing. This one is also quite claustrophobic and brings back the feel of those exploitation slasher era rather than being so-called "Torture Porn".
This Blu-Ray offers brilliant stunning picture with surround sound that is quite chilling even of the screams of victims with extras like trailer, featurette, music video and deleted scenes.