Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Collector (2009)

The Collector (USA, 2009) - Color, Director(s): Marcus Dunstan
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 90 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars

This suspenseful little horror movie was originally intended to be a Saw prequel. (Which explains the similarities in their storylines) This film follows a chubby Ed Norton-lookin cat burglar as he breaks into the house in search of a precious ruby that could be worth a fortune. His baby mama needs the money to pay off the loan sharks that she owes or else she'll have to take their daughter and get out of town. When he gets into the house and starts breaking into the safe, he realizes that he's not alone. (Other than the wife that's getting dressed, someone else to have gotten into the house) While trying to get out of the house, he's spotted by the husband who mistakenly accuses him of being associated with the killer that's in the house. The husband reaches for a golf club to beat him with but as it turns out, the clubs have been booby trapped and he's pulled out to the hall and dropped down the stairs. See, the sadistic killer that we're dealing with seems to be a master of traps. He spends the entire movie setting up elaborate traps all around the house. This family's last hope is the guy who originally intended to break into their house to steal from them. This movie shares a lot of similarities with Saw, but one thing that I did like is the killer isn't some old guy on his deathbed. This guy was some creepy freak in a mask with eyes that do the glowing thing like cats have.

Nudity: 1 out of 5. The only nudity I remember in this movie was when the older daughter comes home from a date with her boyfriend and they start fucking on the kitchen counter. You get to see her tits as she's lying down, that's about it.

Gore: 3.5 out of 5. We get a hearty helping of violence with a side of torture in this movie. A lot of the traps are designed to injure but not kill. (except for the bear traps) This movie had a darker and more realistic feel to the gore, where as Saw seems like it's splatter for the sake of splatter.

Awesome: Pretty awesome. Definitely nice to have something new and original. Great concept for a movie: A serial killer is setting up booby traps around the house but is unaware that there's a burglar inside the house that's trying to help the family. Overall, this is recommended to anyone who is a fan of the Saw films. Also, anyone looking for a fresh new storyline to go with their torture horror.