A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there.

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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens. That's where art student Miranda Grey comes in. Miranda matches wits with Freddie the icy psychopath. Written by A.M.Putnam

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Two small cut scenes were used in the film's theatrical trailer. The first scene is where Samantha Eggar is talking with her left hand on the back of the head. The second scene is where Samantha Eggar is sitting right next to a window and it's raining outside. See more »

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By the fireplace, Freddie's shirt changes from unbuttoned to buttoned awfully fast. See more »

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Freddie Clegg: Don't worry. I'll respect your every privacy.
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Terrence Stamp Delivers Creepy Performance in Deeply Unsettling Film
12 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This intensely creepy film showcases director William Wyler in his intimate, character-study mode, and features a superb performance from Terrence Stamp in the title role, as the "collector" of beauty. Stamp creates a portrait of sexual obsession that is every bit as unsettling in its way as the long legacy of serial killer movies in existence. Samantha Eggar, as one of Stamp's "specimens," is used more as a catalyst for driving the plot and less as a character for whom we have any great deal of interest. Is that a flaw of the material or the intention of Wyler and novelist John Fowles, on whose book this is based? If their intention was to make us sympathize with, and even relate to, the character with the obsession, they succeed brilliantly.

The ending genuinely surprised me, which happens all too infrequently in movies like this. The film feels like a product of independent cinema before independent cinema really existed.

Grade: A


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