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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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2.35 : 1
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The Collector urban legend is really a catch-all legend for creepy hermetic neighbors that may be doing something horrifying inside their dungeon-like basements. The most common "Collector" legend is the neighbor who collects human body parts and proudly displays them in mason jars. In Russia, the Collector urban legend has a bright future because it played out in real life. Its new mascot is local Russian historian Anatoly Moskvin, who stole corpses from cemeteries in dozens of towns east of Moscow. According to police, he dug up at least 29 corpses and made dolls out of them-life-sized faceless female dolls with platinum blond wigs. 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: [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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Special No Thanks - The guy who tried to blow up Joe's bar and whoever stole Karlak's watch See more »


Edited into The Collection (2012) See more »


Written by Aja Volkman, Rich Koehler (as Richard Koehler) and Daniel Epand
Performed by Nico Vega
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Worth a view from all these CGI movies!
13 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen all the big summer blockbusters and I have to say they were good some even great but I've grown a little old on all the CGI. The Collector yes it does take away from SAW and HOSTLE but in its on way is worth a viewing. Yes the story has many plot holes and it leaves you guessing on why and how but if your a big gore and horror fan then this is the movie to see. It holds nothing back in form of gore and torture. Cheaply done and yet very well executed. No big name actors or big budget effects. In my opinion its what has been missing this summer. I would like the second part as in SAW 2 to answer all of the questions that this movie left us guessing. I look forward to seeing The Collector character again!

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