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The Collector (I) (2009)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  31 July 2009 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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Cindy (as Haley Alexis Pullos)
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Bowling Ball Cleaner
Jayme Suzonne Riser ...
Bar Dancer
Krystal Mayo ...
Bar Dancer (as Krystal Dawn Mayo)
Michele Diane Pate ...
Bar Dancer
Nicole Antranette Fisher ...
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Storyline

When the Chase family moves to an isolated house in the middle of nowhere in Detroit, Arkin is hired to fix the windows and the doors. Later he meets his daughter and his wife that has a debt with dangerous sharks and needs money, but his week payment is not enough to pay her debts. Arkin plots to heist the safe of Michael Chase during the night to raise the necessary money. However, when he arrives in the house, he finds that a sadistic criminal has imprisoned the family and planted traps everywhere. Arkin seeks a way out of the deadly house to save his life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He always takes one

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive sadistic bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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31 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Midnight Man  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£109,519 (UK) (25 June 2010)

Gross:

£312,820 (UK) (2 July 2010)
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Trivia

The writers intended the movie to be a Saw prequel, but the idea was declined. See more »

Goofs

When Arkin lights up his first cigarette, the Camel logo clearly shows. In the next scene, he is sitting in his truck chatting with Jill with a pack of Marlboros on his dashboard. See more »

Crazy Credits

Special No Thanks - The guy who tried to blow up Joe's bar and whoever stole Karlak's watch See more »


Soundtracks

Bela Lugosi's Dead
Written by Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins (as Kevin Dompe), Peter Murphy and David J (as David J. Haskins)
Performed by Bauhaus
Courtesy of Bauhaus Music
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Very (Un)pleasantly Surprised.
20 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pleasantly surprised since this is a way-above average shocker. Unpleasantly surprised because there's an awful lot of unpleasant surprises!

This had me jumping, open-mouthed, rewinding to check that I'd REALLY just seen what I saw...I don't think I've been as jumpy as this since the tower scene in 'In Bruges'.The editing of the gore scenes was brilliantly done, adding to the tension and the in- your-face, jumping-out-of-the-shadows quality. I'm also surprised that the writers and director were able to keep the ending they did: I thought it would have been preview- screened out of existence.

The film did take a while to get going, but when it hits its stride...phew! Although I'd never seen any of the actors before, the performances were top- notch.

Makes the last SAW films look like a teddy-bear's picnic...apparently, it was written by the writers of the last few SAW movies. They seem to have found their form again.


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