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The Collector (2009)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 48

Increasingly tedious displays of gore makes this torture porn home-invasion-horror more programmatic than provocative.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

Increasingly tedious displays of gore makes this torture porn home-invasion-horror more programmatic than provocative.



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After a stint in prison, Arkin (Josh Stewart) finds employment as a handyman. But Arkin decides to rob his boss in order to repay his ex-wife (Daniella Alonso). Venturing to his employer's remote country house to make the heist, he soon finds himself -- as well as the boss' family -- at the mercy of "The Collector." This masked menace turns the house into a maze of fiendish traps. Only Arkin's wits offer any hope of escape from gruesome death. This bloody, visceral entry in the "torture porn"


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

Apr 6, 2010


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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (48)

Watching The Collector becomes an experience not so much of dread as big virtual ouches.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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If you didn't already know The Collector was written by two Saw franchise hacks, and directed by one of them, it would soon become as obvious as a fish hook to the face.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A sub-Saw knockoff that manages to be brutal yet monotonous, not to mention monstrously unpleasant.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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This is the sort of cheap bilking that separates completists from masochists; the brief suffering onscreen is nothing compared with the agony scary-movie buffs will feel after being so thoroughly cheated.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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One of the more doltish entries in the torture subgenre.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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One trap leaves a woman impaled on a movie screen, producing an image that succinctly if literally sums up a genre's cynicism.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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Felt a little bit dirty watching this ugly looking, stale bit of plotless torture porn.

January 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

The Collector has a strong co-lead in Josh Stewart; empathy for this wayward character and a depth that some deftly-handled backstory provides is very welcome.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space

It's not a classic, but I have a good feeling about The Collector as a new horror villain with a bit of mileage...

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

Some of the most fiercely inventive and twisted trap-based bloodletting we've had in ages.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Delivers gruesomeness but not a whole lot else.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source:

It takes the rotting corpse of torture-porn out of the abandoned warehouse and Slovakian ruins and dumps it smack dab in the middle of your safe and comfy home.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Relentlessly bloody and just as relentlessly idiotic deathtrap thriller for the Saw crowd.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comments (3)
Daily Telegraph

Another relentlessly violent rampage with no discernible point whatsoever.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A ludicrous, gratuitous torture porn with an idiotic ending. But within those boundaries it's absolutely at the top of its game.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

'Horror romp' would be an apt description of the 90 minute story, only with the original concept detailed as a burglar breaking into a serial killer's home, it's difficult not to think what might have been.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This is a crass, silly and baffling slice of torture porn -- with the audience being tortured, chiefly with boredom.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

It has a noticeably 80s retro vibe, while the sheer inventiveness of the slayings paper over a very thin and familiar storyline.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's a truly creepy concept which, inevitably, leaves room for a sequel.

June 25, 2010
Little White Lies

People are cut, tongues meet pliers and at one point a cat gets sliced in half. Beyond that, there's very little here.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online | Comments (3)
Sun Online

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

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sick is the word.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The Collector must be the laziest horror film of the year - the camerawork stinks, the action's boring and the plot holes are so glaring they wouldn't get past a lobotomised goose.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comments (2)
News of the World

Dunstan makes his directorial debut with this fast-paced, suspenseful horror that wastes no time on pointless exposition, but instead tosses plenty of genuinely tense moments into this primal fear-fest.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Cat lovers: this is not your film - a nasty fate awaits the household moggy. Alas, poor Tiddles.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

The Collector won't join the pantheon of horror movie monsters - unless somebody lowers the bar down to the ground.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Audience Reviews for The Collector

One of the most insanely creepy and nerve-frying horror films I have ever seen. A stylish, terrifying and wickedly ingenious thriller. It unfolds with big scares and highly inventive new ways to die. The twisted film makers definitely out did themselves here with a film that grabs you and stays with you long after its over. It makes Saw look like an episode of Friends. Josh Stewart is terrific. A sadistically entertaining thrill-ride
March 3, 2014

Super Reviewer

Lots of gore. Lots of torture. Sick sick sick....but entertaining at the same time, if you like that kind of stuff. Really bad ending, though. UNTIL I saw The Collection. It is the sequel to this, and started THAT movie with a decent ending tie in. Hence, an extra half a star for their effort.
November 25, 2013

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August 5, 2013
Directors Cat
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An incredibly gory horror movie that puts Saw to shame in that particular category. I never flinched while watching those films, but this one got to me several times. It has a cool premise (guy breaks into a house to steal something to pay off loan sharks and finds that someone has booby trapped it and locked everything) and plenty of suspenseful moments, but they could have held back at least some on the copious amounts of gore that will turn off all but the most ardent of horror fans. They will lose certain audience members just from that. I will say that it engaged me the entire running length and the protagonist is easy to root for, even though we know he was trying to steal from the family. It has some a few slight twists too, but the ending is a little on the rough side for anyone who likes a happy ending. You don't get it here, that's for sure. The Collector is a solid rental as long as you like horror movies with more gore than brains.
March 28, 2013

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