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The Collector (2009) ★★½

The Collector


He always takes one.

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.


Unrealistic is the first word that comes to mind. The main character easily breaks into a house, makes his way upstairs to raid the safe and then is trapped because all of a sudden every inch of the house seems to be booby trapped?! WTF? So when did this happen, and how come the other assailant was not even aware of the main character? How did the main character even make it up to the safe without triggering an insanely amount of traps. And unbelievable is why in the hell The Collector would go to all the trouble to rig the house to begin with.

I had so many more questions, I had no time to enjoy this movie thoroughly. Horror needs to be somewhat plausible in order for viewers to suspend disbelief. Let’s make sense of the situation and then bring about the horror. Otherwise, it’s just dumb.

Positives in The Collector were Josh Stewart who has a good horror screen presence though most all of the characters in this movie are so flat you could care less about their impending doom. I cared more about Madeline Zima’s boobs than the entire cast, which is always an indicator that the characters are mere objects. But they were nice boobs (while they lasted). It’s really action-packed and never a dull scene with a fair share of gore and body horror, so a bonus there. Otherwise, I don’t have much else.

Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)

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