The Collector – Review

The Collector is a horror film for really tough stomachs. It is not suitable for people who:

a. Want to be genuinely frightened

b. Can’t stand splatter movies – aka can’t stand blood…lots of blood.

Other than that, it is a movie that I would absolutely recommend. The Collector is about Arkin (Josh Stewart), a desperate ex-con who is under pressure to pay off a debt to his ex-wife. His desperation, makes him break into his boss’s mansion, when he and his family are gone away for the weekend, to steal valuable items from his treasury.

Things get really bad when he breaks into the house, since someone much more evil and dangerous is already in. Arkin finds himself trapped inside the house, where The Collector has already set his traps. And by that, I mean that he has literally set traps so that no one could ever escape. Interesting note. The family never left the house in the first place.

What keeps the adrenaline levels high, is that in the beginning Arkin is completely ignorant of the collector’s existence. He outwardly searches the house in order to find valuable items to steal, but as the film progresses he starts to realise that something really wrong is going on. I am not going to give out any spoiler, so if you are intrigued, this film would be a very good choice.

The Collector released in 2009 has some similarities with the 1965 Collector, only as far as the weird habits the atrocious collector has. His strange habit of collecting insects – and bodies – is probably something that the 2009 horror film borrowed from the older version.

Regardless,  The Collector is a horror movie for those who can stand gore. The multiple scenes of human flesh and tortured bodies could make the film unbearable for those who are not used to it. But if you are one of those who bustle with excitement in the sight of sadistic killings and new creative ways of torturing victims, The Collector is a film that could definitely keep you alert throughout.

On the other hand, the film’s sequel, The Collection, is a movie I would most certainly not recommend. As it usually happens, the second part of the film completely ruins everything the first one so smoothly managed to create. The plot becomes unbelievably boring, the gore gets even worse crossing the limits of “realistic” and the traps and killings become too much to handle. Stick to the first part and pretend the second never existed.

2 Responses to “The Collector – Review”
  1. I really adore this film, it completely excelled my expectations. I recently watched the DVD with commentary by the writer and director and it was fantastic, I highly recommend listening to it! I couldn’t agree more with you about the sequel what an awful disappointment, it was truly awful!


    • maria kriva says:

      Thank you very much for your suggestion! Will do! 😉
      I really loved The Collector, as well. It is one of my favourite horror movies. Too bad they had to release the second part! It was a major disappointment!! So glad you agree! 🙂


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