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Old 12-09-2011, 19:16   #32
The Collector (2009)


Josh Stewart, Andrea Roth and Juan Fernández

Plot (No Spoilers)

Desperate to pay off his debt to his daughter and ex-wife, Arkin 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.


Considering this is directed by Marcus Dunston, the same guy who did Saw IV-VII it is easy to make comparisons between this and the Saw series. Fitting into the category of "torture porn", The Collectors is privy to some great death scenes including a brilliant bear trap related death and plenty of gore, but it never seems to much, everything fits nicely into the framework of the film.

As with most of the films i've mentioned in this thread, the Collector never tries to be anything that it is not. It is a (relatively) low budget and simple film with everything being spelled out after 10 minutes or so and from there on you can just be entertained by the on screen carnage. The frequent quiet moments of tension and fear as well as the claustrophobic setting and soundtrack create an atmosphere that is rare to find in many modern horror movies. The Collector himself is a great character and one I hope will return in films to come.

DVD/Blu-ray availability

Available on both DVD and BD in the UK and USA

Similar Watching

The Saw series, Hostel I and II, Amusement (really scraping the barrell here, but the Tabitha section maybe...)

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