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The Collector (I) (2009)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
William Prael ...
Larry Wharton
Gena Wharton
Cindy (as Haley Alexis Pullos)
Bowling Ball Cleaner
Jayme Suzonne Riser ...
Bar Dancer
Krystal Mayo ...
Bar Dancer (as Krystal Dawn Mayo)
Michele Diane Pate ...
Bar Dancer
Nicole Antranette Fisher ...
Bar Dancer


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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He always takes one


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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Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Midnight Man  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,576,296 (USA) (31 July 2009)


£312,820 (UK) (2 July 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally set-up and financed by Dimension Films, "The Collector" was dropped by the cash-strapped studio after they didn't have the funds to release the film. Lidell Entertainment snatched up the rights from Dimension and gave the film a brief, but successful, theatrical run in 2009. See more »


The Napco Alarm panel alternates LEDs on then off even though power is off in the house. However, many alarms have battery backups of some sort so they can provide security even if there's an outage. See more »


Arkin: Stupid fucking cat!
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Crazy Credits

Thank you - That guy who kept taping his face See more »


Followed by The Collection (2012) See more »


Written by Aja Volkman, Rich Koehler (as Richard Koehler) and Daniel Epand
Performed by Nico Vega
Courtesy of MySpace Records
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User Reviews

Not Afraid To Be Horror
8 July 2010 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

I've read reviews off and on that dog this movie. I wonder sometimes if the people that dislike this movie so much, dislike the horror genre. If I were to rate a musical, I would probably give it a low score myself.

This movie is not perfect, but because the horror in it is done well enough, it is worthwhile to suspend some disbelief to go along with the ride. This isn't a PG-13 teen scare. People tote the term "torture-porn" I think because the killing is done is such an unapologetic, organized fashion. Every kill is planned and gruesome. In the horror genre, what actually is wrong with that?

While Rob Zombie and others are destroying monsters (Zombie basically killed the icon of Michael Myers) by humanizing them too much, it is refreshing to have a new killer killing for killing-sake. Isn't that worth a ride (assuming you are into horror)?

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