Owen Gleiberman
August 07, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Collector

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/31/09
performer
Josh Stewart, Madeline Zima
director
Marcus Dunstan
distributor
Freestyle Releasing
author
Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton
genre
Horror

We gave it a D

During a domestic jewel heist, a scruffy burglar (Josh Stewart) learns that the family members he thought were on vacation have been bound and gagged and are in the midst of being dismembered. As for the house, it’s been booby-trapped with dangling fishhooks, razor wire, spikes on the stairs, guillotines, bear traps, and acidic ooze. The sicko responsible for all this is a hulk in an executioner’s black mask, and that’s all we ever learn about him. The Collector‘s only real “characters” are the not-very-baroque torture devices; the result is a sub-Saw knockoff that manages to be brutal yet monotonous, not to mention monstrously unpleasant. D

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