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The Collector (2009)

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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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Marcus Dunstan

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Patrick Melton (screenplay), Marcus Dunstan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Prael William Prael ... Larry Wharton
Diane Ayala Goldner ... Gena Wharton
Juan Fernández ... The Collector
Josh Stewart ... Arkin
Michael Reilly Burke ... Michael Chase
Andrea Roth ... Victoria Chase
Karley Scott Collins ... Hannah Chase
Madeline Zima ... Jill Chase
Haley Pullos ... Cindy (as Haley Alexis Pullos)
Daniella Alonso ... Lisa
Patrick Rizzotti ... Bowling Ball Cleaner
Jayme Suzonne Riser Jayme Suzonne Riser ... Bar Dancer
Krystal Mayo Krystal Mayo ... Bar Dancer (as Krystal Dawn Mayo)
Michele Diane Pate Michele Diane Pate ... Bar Dancer
Nicole Antranette Fisher Nicole Antranette Fisher ... Bar Dancer
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He always takes one

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Midnight Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,576,296, 2 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,706,394, 20 September 2009
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The writers intended the movie to be a Saw (2004) prequel, but the idea was declined. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Saw (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel You (Throb Mix)
Written by Martin Gore
Performed by Depeche Mode
Courtesy of Sire Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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I'll give this an A for effort. It has a lot going for it to make this well worth seeing
4 September 2013 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

I've been a fool. I tried watching this a few years ago, and couldn't finish it. That inkling to give it another go just wouldn't go away. Well. Guess what? Not only did I watch the whole movie, but I wound up digging it for the most part! The comparisons to the Saw franchise are apt, I suppose. But the Saw series started to become redundant. The Collector is much more than just another cash-in attempt to make some coin. Director Marcus Dunstain clearly had a vision with this one. The killer in this one is not someone that asks questions. Jigsaw was a nasty individual as well, but he had a motive for doing what he was doing, a reason if you will. The Collector (Creepily played by Juan Fernandez) just likes to hurt people. He's gleefully psychotic and kills people in the most sickening ways imaginable for his own demented pleasures. There is no background on this guy, and that makes him all the more terrifying. In some ways that could have worked against it, but I didn't feel it was needed here, and added to the atmosphere. The gore scenes deliver. I won't spoil them, but gore hounds will be replenished for their thirst. My only real carps are I wish the finale went on a tad longer, and that is was hard to make out what was going in a couple scenes because I had trouble seeing. It was a bit too dark. William Prael plays for a very good reluctant hero. His desperation had me rooting for him. I enjoyed him a lot

Final Thoughts: Sometimes a second viewing does wonders. It sure did with the Collector. It's not perfect, but it's a highly suspenseful thrill ride that lacks the budget of a Saw, but is arguably better than a lot of the Saw sequels. Recommended. I'm looking forward to The Collection!

6.5/10


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