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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

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Taglines:

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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Details

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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Arkin and Hannah retreat to the room with the fish tank, the door is hinged to swing inward. The door the killer bangs on is hinged to swing out towards the hallway. When the door breaks open, it swings inward again. 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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Throw Plausibility Out The Door
19 May 2010 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

When a thief enters a house he was working construction at, he is under the impression he will be stealing a diamond. He has debts to pay off. When he enters he notices that there is someone else in the house too, an insane serial killer. He's known as The Collector. It becomes a cat and mouse game between the two.

Very interesting take on the genre. Two bad guys in a house, one more evil than the other of course, but interesting nonetheless. What would have made this film better for me is if they ditched the thief aspect and had the lead be another serial killer. Then we have two serial killers trying their hardest to best the other in their own sick and twisted ways. Alas, this is not that film. Though I give the film props for having a main character with some brains.

A lot of people are comparing the film to the SAW series, that's understandable. The killer sets each room up with it's own trap. Unique and interesting traps that make you wonder how the hell he could have done it all, some of them while the thief is still in there. To enjoy this film I had to throw plausibility out the door. You should too, otherwise you might be frustrated.

I think you can guess why they call him the Collector. No need to probe that area. But why does he collect? Not really explored. I wanted to get inside this guy's head. We are never given that chance. Our lead is interesting to some degree, he makes being a down on your luck loser guy likable. Once we get into the house, pretty much everything stops from a story telling stand point and it turns into a "how can we up ourselves in each room' scenario.

The film has a somewhat 80's feel to it, revamped for today's genre. When the film should have been able to stand out on it's own, it falls. It becomes a cookie cutter follower and never stands out of the shadow of the films before it. It's a dark and depressing film too, any sense of hope is squashed and you feel rotten after the credits roll. Good job on that.

Bottom line is that the real star of the film are the traps. They're are intriguing and if you can get pass the logistics of many of them, you'll enjoy the suspenseful ride.


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