The Horror Honeys: Slasher Hexmas: Here’s Why You Should Never Steal, Kids!

Slasher Hexmas: Here’s Why You Should Never Steal, Kids!

A Slasher Honey Hexmas Review by Chassity

The Collector (2009)

Ever had a moment where you see a television spot for a film, and then you think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Not recently?

Well, you’re not alone. It's pretty rare these days, to say the least, when everything is recycled. But I consider myself lucky to have seen a film that made me believe there was still some originality coming from the film industry

Because that’s exactly what went through my mind from the moment I first heard about The Collector. I thought it was one of the most original ideas for a horror film that I had ever heard of and based on the plot alone, I was excited to see it.

It did not disappoint. 

The Plot:  Meet Arkin. He's just a simple guy who works with his hands fixing people’s homes, trying to make a living and put his life back on as he's just been released from prison. Seems easy enough, right? Well, not so much, if your wife is in debt and threatening to take your child and run because she can’t afford to pay and fears for her safety. 

So, what would any desperate, ex-con husband do in this situation? Why, break into the home of the rich family you’re working for, who just so happens to be leaving on vacation, of course. So you can steal a fancy jewel to pay off the debtors. 

Ocean's Eleven this is not.
And it would have been the perfect robbery, too… if it weren’t for the fact that someone else was already in the house!

A sadistic serial killer has set some very Jigsaw—like traps in the family’s home, all for the sake of just enjoying the family being tortured. He’s not out for revenge, there is no motive, he doesn’t even know the family….well, not really, anyway. No, this is all just for kicks and giggles, simply because he can. 

Unfortunately for Arkin, he’s already in the house before he realizes what is going on. Long story short, the thief is forced to become hero to the people he was trying to rob. Or, more of an anti-hero as he tries to rescue them from The Collector and get them out of the house before they can be viciously killed. 

We’ve all seen loads and loads of generic slashers. Can you think of a better, more unique spin than the villain becoming the hero? 

Seeing Ted Bundy get fucked up?
Here’s the thing about this movie: it’s in the rare breed where the execution is as good as the idea. The Collector as a character is about ten times more ruthless and sadistic than Jigsaw (worth noting since the film was originally supposed to be a prequel to Saw). The “traps” he lays out are absolutely cringe-inducing (it’s painful to even think about them) and I can’t say enough about how well-directed some of the scenes are: the early moments when Arkin realizes what he’s walked into, and tries to keep The Collector from discovering his presence in the house; the death scenes, and the moment when you think Arkin has found a way out of this and it’s all over, only to be faced with the biggest moral dilemma of all. You go into the film expecting pure horror, and then somewhere in the midst of it all, there’s emotion and suspense, if you go into it with an open mind. 

Someone call Nanny Fran! She'll save her!
If you love slasher movies, if you are a blood and gore fan, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t love this film as well. And even if you’re not, we can all use something fresh in our lives as horror fans. From the concept on, that’s the best way to describe this film. Fresh. And it presents you with a guy who you could easily dislike, but end up rooting for instead. Arkin quickly became one of my favorite movie anti-heroes of all time.

Slasher Honey Rating: 5 bloody & rusty nails out of 5

The Collector is available via Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, & blu-ray/DVD

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