The Collector (2009)

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Critic Consensus: 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" genre is the directorial debut of screenwriter Marcus Dunstan, whose previous credits include Feast and Saw IV.
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R (for pervasive sadistic bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity)
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Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Andrea Roth
as Victoria
Juan Fernández
as The Collector
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Critic Reviews for The Collector

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A sub-Saw knockoff that manages to be brutal yet monotonous, not to mention monstrously unpleasant.

Full Review… | August 5, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
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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
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the more doltish entries in the torture subgenre.

August 3, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Collector

½

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

Al S
Al S

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½

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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