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


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Arkin: [when the woman he tried to save is tortured] Why didn't you listen to me? I told you to stay with me!
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One of the best thriller/horror movies in the past 5 years
20 February 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The people who have given this movie low scores truly don't appreciate a good movie of this kind. Movies this good are few and far between. The story is unique and keeps you interested throughout. The cinematography is creative and often very clever. The acting is top-notch, especially in the main character. You can totally sense and feel the panic and horror he feels.

The Collector drips with a tense atmosphere, but also manages to disturb with its graphic and violent scenes. Fans of the genre - do NOT listen to the morons who gave this movie a low score. Watch it, and you will NOT be disappointed.

Yours truly, A true horror fan.

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