For the next 31 days, we here at Adamantium Bullet will be reviewing one horror flick a day leading up to Halloween. Each one will be horrific, terrifying, chilling, pulse-pounding, or flat-out awful. All endured in honor of the season. Expect SPOILERS. Welcome to Adamantium Bullet’s 31 DAYS OF HORROR.
PLOT: THE COLLECTOR follows the story of handyman and ex-con Arkin (Josh Stewart), who aims to repay a debt to his ex-wife by robbing his new employers country home. Unfortunately for Arkin, a far worse enemy has already laid claim to the property - and the family. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked Collector (Juan Fernandez) in a maze of lethal invention - the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg - while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.
BODY COUNT: 10. The Collector disembowels Michael (Michael Reilly Burke), sews Victoria’s (Andrea Roth) mouth shut, kills Gena (Diane Ayala Goldner) off-screen, lures Chad (Alex Feldman) into a room full of bear traps, stabs a paramedic (Hiro Koda) in the eye, nails Jill (Madeline Zima) to a wall, snaps a Deputy Sheriff’s (Michael Showers) neck, bisects a cat with one of his traps, shoots his dog, and forces Arkin to accidentally electrocute Larry (William Prael).
MOST MEMORABLE KILL: Chad falling into a room full of bear traps was brutal. Dude dies and still keeps dying because the traps keep going off. Just brutal.
NAKEDNESS: Madeline Zima – who, once upon a time, played the youngest daughter on THE NANNY – topless, and a bit of strip club action early on.
SIGNATURE MOMENT: The wicked reveal the Chase house has been loaded up with various booby and death traps, including torture chairs, nails on the stairs and windows, bear traps, razor wire, razor blades, knives, acid glue sh*t, and fish hooks.
IDIOT MOMENT: How did Arkin, a professional thief, not notice all the traps when he broke into the Chase house? No, seriously, how did he not notice or even set off a single one. Certainly The Collector did not set all the traps in the ten minutes Arkin was upstairs trying to get into the jeweler’s safe.
“WTF?!?” MOMENT: Arkin shouting homophobic slurs at The Collector in order to goad him in the finale on was VERY uncomfortable. Was there not a better way to handle that situation?
USELESS KNOWLEDGE: The urban legend about “The Collector” is really a catch-all legend for creepy hermetic neighbors that may be doing something horrifying inside their dungeon-like basements. The most common "Collector" legend is the neighbor who collects human body parts and proudly displays them in mason jars. In Russia, the Collector urban legend has a bright future because it played out in real life. Its new mascot is local Russian historian Anatoly Moskvin, who stole corpses from cemeteries in dozens of towns east of Moscow. According to police, he dug up at least 29 corpses and made dolls out of them-life-sized faceless female dolls with platinum blond wigs.
> The writers intended the movie to be a SAW prequel, but the idea was declined by Lionsgate.
> Originally set-up and financed by Dimension Films, THE COLLECTOR was dropped by the cash-strapped studio after they didn't have the funds to release the film. Lidell Entertainment snatched up the rights from Dimension and gave the film a brief, but successful, theatrical run in 2009.
> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this article was provided by IMDB.