THE COLLECTOR is one of the most frustrating recent additions in Horror. Marcus Dunstan did not feel he had done enough damage to the genre by scripting the FEAST and SAW sequels, so he felt compelled to write and direct his own new series in order to further anger and confuse film fans. THE COLLECTOR follows an ex-con who breaks into a client's home in an attempted robbery, only to find out that a sadistic killer has already broken in and setup a number of deadly traps all throughout the house. Dunstan adapts James Wan's kinetic filming from SAW and turns it into a nauseating viewing experience. On top of the flash cuts and distracting edits, there are a number of unneeded shots that are in no way linked to the plot. The two worst examples include a first-person perspective shot taken from a drop of rain as it falls to the ground, and a microscopic zoom that travels into the eye of a spider. Why? Aside from the annoying visual style and obnoxious score, the logical inconsistencies are enough to drive any viewer mad. The time frame that is established only gives the killer a matter of hours to rig a series of intricately-laid traps, and that is assuming that the family even left the house at all in order for him to do so. The presumably human killer is also impaled by one of his own cruel devices, which should have left him dead, but instead has no effect on him whatsoever. On top of that, the little plot that exists is unnecessarily contrived, with the film's antihero forced into robbing his client to pay off his wife's debts to some loan shark for reasons that are never explained. Dunstan only succeeds with the impressive amount of gore that he packs into each of the grisly traps. If he had only stripped the production down to a much more simple shooting style and dropped the useless additions to the plot, he could have had an interesting and bloody entry in the Torture Porn genre. Instead, THE COLLECTOR comes off as being trite, self-indulgent, and utterly pointless.
If you liked THE COLLECTOR, check out:
P2, SAW, AMUSEMENT.