The Collector (2009) Movie Review


The Collector (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Thriller
90 minutes /

User Score: 68/100

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The Collector Review


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.

The Collector (2009) is an American horror thriller movie that left me thinking about life and how humans can be our worst nightmares. Director and co-writer Marcus Dunstan (Saw IV (2007), The Collection (2012), Saw V (2008)) did a marvelous job directing this masterpiece that was a thrilled tension ride throughout. The movie contains a golf club rigged with a trap that incapacitates people; a phone is rigged with a trap, windows that are boarded up and lined with razors and other bizarre traps. The Collector will send fear into the hearts of weak viewers although it has a very simple premise.

The Collector (Juan Fernandez - A Man Apart (2003), Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993), Salvador (1986)) is a faceless killer that enjoys torturing people and killing for the fun of it, yes he does not have a heart/conscience. We are given flashbacks of the killer, and we learn or get to realize why he is so crazed. The Chase family decided to get a security system installed because they want to go away for the weekend so they think the security system and a trained-to-kill dog will protect their valuable possessions. Arkin O’Brien (Josh Stewart - Interstellar (2014), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Collection (2012)) is an ex-convict working as a security installation man. Arkin, however, has another agenda while working at the Chase family home. He plans on stealing from the family when they are away because the family has an extreme amount of valuables in their home including a ruby. Arkin is married and is doing the heist to pay off his wife’s debt to several loan sharks but also began liking the daughter, Hannah of the Chase family.

The Collector made me think how horrible humans can be as I watched this film I realize anyone can become a monster with the right amount of sad**tic things thrown at them. Imagine you land yourself in an environment full of engineered booby traps - what a nightmare that would be? The worst crossed my mind is as I think of a killer just invading a person’s home for fun and does not care for their precious lives. Madeline Zima, Michael Reilly Burke, Josh Stewart, Karley Scott Collins, and Andrea Roth did an excellent job with their performances although their screen times was minimal because they were the collector’s victims. I loved The Collector because it was an intense watch with awesome kills, well-done camera work and deaths resulting in a slaughter fest that might be too much for the average horror fans or non-horror fans.

About The Collector 2009

Title: The Collector
Original Title: The Midnight Man
Year: 2009
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.4/5 stars from 25 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 25
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Josh Stewart, Diane Ayala Goldner, Michael Reilly Burke, Daniella Alonso, Eric Kelly McFarland, Robert Wisdom, William Prael, Todd Haberkorn, Michael Showers, William Morse, Colvin Roberson, Tom Gulager, Juan Fernández, Brett Forbes, Andrea Roth, Hiro Koda, Patrick Rizzotti, Gregory Alan Williams, Krystal Mayo, Robyn Noble, Michele Diane Pate, David Pitt, Nicole Antranette Fisher, Tommy K., Aero, Haley Pullos, Joe Conger, Jon Dainty, Alex Feldman, Philip Poth
Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
Director: Marcus Dunstan

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