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cover: Collector, The (2009)

Collector, The (2009)

Director(s): Marcus Dunstan

Theatrical Release: 2009

Cast: Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth, Madeline Zima, Daniella Alonso, Robert Wisdom

Genre(s): Horror, slasher

Countries: USA

Location in store: Horror

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 90m.

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. (

Member Reviews

flawed yet frightening by antman - May 5, 2010
for all of this film's flaws - and there are many - it remains a truly horrific & suspenseful thriller. unlike the SAW film series and other torture porn a la HOSTEL, THE COLLECTOR is actually filled with heart-pounding suspense and realistic horror as well as the mandatory extreme torture gore. it's visceral, sticks to a believable cool twist on the home invasion plot, and is unrelenting once past the opening ten minutes of story set up. i had only intended to watch a little bit before bed and then finish the following day, but got completely immersed in the intense action and finished it despite my fatigue.

the movie definitely has its problems, but none are so significant (nor worth mentioning here) - either alone nor combined - to detract from the grim & unyielding suspense at its core.