Demotivational Poster of the Day

Demotivational Poster of the Day

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Collector (2009/I)

Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, 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.

Finally, for the first time in years America has done a horror film right. No happy ending, a ruthless killing machine of a villain and some extremely disturbing violence. I pray to god this is a stand-alone film and if they have any common sense to not make a sequel out of this nearly perfect horror film. Just updated to see and I hear they are already talking about a sequel. Damn.

The "Saw" concept is slightly here by focusing more intently on a house that’s been converted into a deathtrap instead of the killer. Extreme, sadistic bloody violence and senseless gore... LOVED IT! It's got serial-killer, torture, traps and sexuality/nudity!

The immediate thought is to compare this film to the Saw series, simply based on the creative killing contraptions, but really that is where the similarities end. Out of desperation for money, Arkin breaks into the house of his boss to steal jewels. Little does he know, the house is rigged with tons of deadly homemade contraptions to torture, maim, or kill. Clearly once he figures this out, he wants to get out of there. Not so fast. The family is tied up and someone else is there. It turns into a maddening chase between Arkin and the other masked man throughout the house. I found this to be quite scary, gory, and unsettling. Mostly because you never really understand why this is happening. The killings were most definitely cringe-worthy. This one might give me nightmares, it was terrifying. Oh, and the movie name comes from the fact that the masked killer collects people.


4/5 Stars

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