The Collector (2009)
Directed by Marcus Dunstan, Written by Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton
No better way to end a night of fun then to come home a little buzzed, stumble up the stairs with your loved one to get some rest and enter your bedroom to notice a chest you’ve never seen before, upright with a note on top. To be curious, although I’m not still sure why that is, and open the box once BOOM, you black out.
In the beginning we see a house in which several different types of workers are set up, taking care of different projects. Leading into the families dwellings as they get ready to depart for a family vacation. To also explain the security measures, exterminations, etc. being taken care of. Belonging to the Chase family and surly something of extreme value to make Arkin (Jose Stewart) risk the high security measures. Or perhaps to otherwise his daughters safety due to a unnecessary side plot thrown in. But after already deciding to break in after their departure, gets caught in the middle of the Collector’s contraptions and is faced with a difficult decision to leave and help a family he wasn’t trusted with to begin with.
It’s pretty obvious that this came from the Saw’s co-creators in that the torture devices set-up throughout the house are definitely just as spine tingling and nerve wrecking as delivered in the past series. Then when one of the devices was in motion they do the same type of zooming in and showing frame by frame of the device from the inside. Something I think brings a little extra and is always nice to see. The director also has many new and innovative scenes he shot using different angles which I thought was a great tool to use to keep the movie going at the fast pace it maintained. Marcus Dunstan helped to create certainly one of the most intriguing antagonists we’ve seen in the past couple of years. “He only kills people that he doesn’t want” as said by a previous victim is a terrifying thought in itself. We are left only to the knowledge that he must be extremely intelligent as per the way in which the house is rigged and completely ruthless in how he claims his victims. It’s also particularly hard to not find yourself astonished by the intricate virtual tour given all through the movie showcasing the entire house. Including every aspect of these twisted arrangements of lethal devices the collector has encased the house with. There’s a scene in which Stewart is just finding out what all has even been done to his surroundings and walks towards the dining room when lightning strikes to reveal one of the elaborate set ups. I think the ways in which this house was covered was different and another great element to add for Horror fans. It’s rare we’re able to see a true haunted house and The Collector delivers non-stop.
However the movie itself moves rather quickly and is not too lengthy but is meant to be a fast action thriller. Because your thrown in so quickly it does deteriorate from getting to know Arkin as an actual human being. Which was where the side plot came in. Either way I do like seeing a survivor guy for a change. Why hasn’t heard a male they’ve known watch Horror films and completely rip apart what they see because they feel if ever in the situation, it would be able to be “handled properly.” Though with the time restraints they didn’t get into any of the characters background much. Something those Saw guys do often I’ve noticed. The story concerning Arkin’s child and wife was the attempt to show he in fact was a good man. Someone we should be rooting for *yaddayadda,* but the way in which it was executed didn’t do enough justice to find it authentic enough. However Stewart certainly became the hero in the end, well, I was finding it hard NOT to root for him to just survive. Just to get out of the house when if not due to the irresponsibility’s of his wife, wouldn’t of been there anyway. There is also talk that the second installment of The Collector, appropriately called The Collection will be out later this year. Hopefully we can go a little further into both pro-antagonist and antagonist’s past. But maybe not, maybe they won’t touch on it at all.