The Collector

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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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Critic Reviews for The Collector

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (51)

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

    Jun 25, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a truly creepy concept which, inevitably, leaves room for a sequel.

    Jun 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Watching The Collector becomes an experience not so much of dread as big virtual ouches.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A sub-Saw knockoff that manages to be brutal yet monotonous, not to mention monstrously unpleasant.

    Aug 5, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2009 | Rating: 1/5

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Sep 15, 2014
    I had never heard of this film before and so had no clue what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. It started off rather bland, with only Arkin's character being of any interest. When he arrives at the house, however, it is one intense ride. I was on the edge of my seat through most of it and I especially enjoyed the scenes of Arkin silently sneaking about. I loved that the 'villain' was also unaware of the 'hero' for the most part. The basement scenes were nice for gore, but I wasn't a fan of the stylistic choices. The slow motion shots of Arkin running up the stairs got very annoying as well. I was also impressed with the cat scene. I usually dislike those as I find them difficult to watch and annoyingly exploitative, but it was done really well. It was still hard to watch and made me cringe, but films rarely have that affect on me, so I count it as as good thing. I was disappointed with the development of the Collector character, as well as the film opting for a seemingly taped on Hollywood ending for the last 25 minutes. They were still alright, but there were a number of paths it could've taken to avoid the usual horror film cliches and safe choices and it didn't (also leaving it open for a sequel, which I hate). The Collector character was creepy and mysterious to begin with, but then was shown a little too much and we're not given enough information about him. The 'collecting' seemed like a late addition and didn't really make sense. We're just told 'he collects people' and that's it. It never develops that idea far enough to make it interesting. People who label any film with a drop of blood as 'gratuitous torture porn' should avoid it. There is a nice amount of gore, but it is used properly, as well as the rest of the film creating some amazing tension. There are a lot of plot holes, realism flaws etc, but they were easy to look past due to the intense atmosphere created - and it's very difficult to find horror films that create this kind of atmosphere (and have good gore to boot!).
    Lauren D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2014
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2013
    A super thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat, despite being a bit formulaic, especially the last act. A lot of credit goes to an earnest performance by Josh Stewart. Seeing the low rating on RT I wonder why do people who hate slasher/home invasion horror genres even watch these films?
    Anoop K Super Reviewer

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