These days, I’d rather watch a bad original horror film than an average remake. I’m pretty sure that’s become apparent from my previous reviews/ramblings.
Last Friday, as I perused the poor film choices at the cinema with my faithful horror companion, it was real slim pickings. We decided upon “The Collector” as we knew it was written by Marcus Dunstan, the guy who wrote Saw 4, 5 and 6. Although these were when the Saw films completely lost their appeal for me, we went ahead.
I had not seen much promotion of the film so I went in with absolutely no expectations and have to say I really (sort of) enjoyed it.
A man is hired to rob his new employer’s house to get his ex-wife out of debt, unbeknownst to him however, a second criminal has targeted the house with a serious of deadly traps in order to torment the family living there.
Once you get past the initial “Oh my god, this is just a horrific Home Alone!!” thought, this film is very suspenseful and pretty terrifying in parts. As you’d expect from a Saw writer, the gore is affluent and the environment of a family household is quickly turned into a torture dungeon reminiscent of the Hostel films. What I like about this film is that there is a certain element of old school horror mixed in here with the new over-graphically, sickening torture scenes. The Collector wears a mask, which is ALWAYS creepy, not seeing the face means the audience is always on edge and uncomfortable. There is also a good amount of cat and mouse in the film to build up suspense and really interesting camera angles so we can see everything that’s happening and where in the house. Not to mention this film has a kick-ass soundtrack!
The only downside to films like these is that the creators are already thinking ahead to make it a franchise and this is pretty apparent with this film. But I don’t want to ruin anything so go watch it and make you’re own mind up about that one!
It’s not going to win best horror of the year (that goes hands down to Rec2) and you really have to leave plausibility at the door, but it’s fun and original so I’m happy.