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Well acted, fantastically shot and written film
A forgotten gem. A very intriguing dark thriller. Forget Silence Of The Lambs, this is the real deal!
What a strange movie. Everything about it is slightly off-kilter: starting with the director - William Wyler?! Five years after the epic Ben-Hur he chooses a claustrophobic two-hander, mostly set inside a country cottage, a psychosexual thriller with a counter-intuitively cast Terence Stamp (looking uncannily like a young Anthony Hopkins as Pee-wee Herman) and a pre-Doctor Dolittle Samantha Eggar as his victim. Nothing much happens, but it's oddly compelling and something of a cult collector's item.
A rather unique psychological thriller that's one part psycho and two parts of a really misguided Alfie wannabe. Freddie just wants to be loved. Is that too much to ask? So he kidnaps a girl that he wants to love... or rather, he wants HER to love him, and agrees to her that he'll be a proper gentleman to her, providing that, you know, yes, she loves him at the end of it. She thinks he's nuts. He probably is. This was not really uncomfortable to watch.. Because you really do feel for Freddy. Not really a BAD guy, just mixed up, terribly. Oh god. In truth he's probably a monster lol
The Collector is an excellent film. Wyler, finally not aiming so high and returning to material more human, delivers an incredibly taut thriller that appeals to all emotions. The performance of Terence Stamp is so unbelievably genius that I don't know where to start. He proves, once and for all, that the greatest special effect is a face and what it can portray. He is what they call a "wallflower." He is rejected by all of humanity, and the last bit of humanity he has in him can only be saved by doing something awful. He kidnaps a women, played by Mrs. Samantha Eggar. She starts off like your typical damsel in distress. But quite quickly one realizes that she is not your typical object of desire. She is a human. Of course, all I can really say about the film is how profoundly human it is. However, this small masterpiece exposes every bit of darkness and sadness one can possibly unearth. See it, please. You will not be disappointed.
It's based on a great book and this is a great film. Stamp gives one of the finest examples of the craft of acting you will see, it's so powerful yet subtly nuanced. The only fly in the ointment is the score which certainly at the start of the film is a bit of an overbearing distraction.
8.0/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2lm
A nice thriller that almost felt like if Silence of the Lambs was about Buffalo Bill. Terrence Stamp does a great job here and Samantha Eggar does a fine job but William Wyler's direction shines. The design of the house is great and the score is excellent.
My mother told me about how scary this movie was years ago. Wow was she right!
Really nice classic.