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Movie Review - The Collector

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The Collector

I’m a fan of horror movies but, over the years, I’ve grown away from the 'bad' horror films as often they are super violent just for the sake of it.  Now when I say ‘bad’ I don’t mean low budget, as sometimes low budget horror films can make their bigger budget cousins look a tad awful. I’m saying bad as in those cheap knock-offs or 'cashing in' horrors that follow the typical path of previous successful films and end up being very exploitative rather than doing anything original. So when I see horror films hit the screen these days I try and keep away from those ‘bad’ ones.  However, when the movie is a free press screening, a part of me can’t keep away!  The film ‘The Collector’ was made by the same people who are involved in the ‘Saw’ series, which meant it could be going down that path of torture being sold as horror, which outside of the ‘Saw’ series, I’m just not a fan of.

“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 Arkin meets his daughter and his wife, who has a debt with dangerous loan sharks and needs money, but his week's payment is not enough to pay her debts. Arkin plots to rob 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.”

Well, after seeing this film, I must say I’m now well and truly over any form of horror torture films and I’m going to pick my horror viewing much more carefully in the future! But I won’t review this film fully on my own thoughts as I like to review films on the merits of what they are trying to achieve in their genre.  As a horror film, I have to say that it was the quickest film in history for me to work out the bad guy’s secret true character. The second he hit the screen I knew it was him and when they finally revealed it at the end it wasn’t any sort of surprise. I think they gave away far too many clues to his identity and that’s a major mistake. The other thing I didn’t like is that it felt like it had been made as a horror series, as there were some story elements and characters that weren't dealt with in a satisfactory way, which I think weakened the film. In some regards, however, they made up for it with some decent acting and decent set ups of horror scenes, but on the whole even horror fans I think will be let down by this film.

6 out of 10 from me.

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