31 Days of Horror: The Collector

When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline.

Synopsis: Professional thief Arkin finds himself mixed up in a deadly game when he inadvertently targets the same house as a serial killer with a penchant for elaborate traps and slow deaths. Unfortunately for the safe cracker, he’s not quite as heartless as he’d prefer and soon finds himself trying to help those already ensnared.

Killer Scene: The movie takes a slow burn approach, so many of the best scenes are compiled in the latter half and the flick is solid pretty much from then on. For my money, I’d probably say my favorite sequence (slightly longer than a scene) involves the young lady of the house and her boyfriend who are being watched by our killer during some intimate moments before a nail gun and a dozen bear traps join the soirée.

Kill Sheet

Violence: While it may take some time to get there, when it does it’s generally worth the wait. Seven people are dispatched in a variety of ways and plenty of blood is spilled to all sorts of stuff, from knives to wires to bear traps and nails. The most violent bit involves a head used for something a head isn’t meant to be used for (not that, perverts) when renders it pretty much useless to its owner.

Sex: One of my film crushes, Daniella Alonso is there and that’s enough! Just kidding, but luckily we visit a strip club and see some boobs and then Madeline Zima shows up and ever since leaving The Nanny she has had no problem whipping out them melons.

Scares: There aren’t many jump moments and the film isn’t trying to overtly scare you, but rather it goes for the subtle, creepy atmosphere. There are plenty of tight, tense moments and a lurking sense of terror in the background. Aside from the really elaborate traps that no one would ever really commit to doing, there could be a sense of “this could happen” because it’s an isolated house and nothing supernatural is happening. Mixing the tension with a great score and sound, you do get a genuinely creepy experience.

Final Thoughts: Written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by Dunstan, the first time I saw The Collector I described it as 97% awesome and 3% disappointing. All of that disappointment was loaded into just the final moments, which I felt lacked real closure. To me, if the ending isn’t any good, the movie as a whole suffers. Without being hyperbolic, if it wasn’t for the ending I probably wouldn’t mind mentioning The Collector in the same breath as movies like Halloween and other members of pantheon of greatness.

Despite the ending (which I’m probably overselling as disappointing) and the Saw similarities, this is a solid flick that will put you on the edge of your seat and keep you there the whole time. This is definitely one to experience in your October movie travels and potentially one you might just want to throw in the blind buy column.

Robert Fure is many things: horror expert, ruggedly handsome man of the world, witty prose composer, and writer of his own biography page. Beneath the bravado is a scared little boy, ready to grow into an awesome man and make lies about a scared little boy inside of him. Wait a minute...

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