The Collector Review
The FilmDeath has always been a spectator sport. Whether it is through the vicarious experience of what may come to us or a desire to witness a final judgement on others, there are always plenty of us willing to watch the descent into lifelessness.
Offering a nearly empty drawing of the monster, much like the Saw films, the film leaves the question of why this is all happening parked in the space for disabled consciences. With no proper reason, motivation or explanation the narrative action is surrendered to the third party desire to consume these images. In actuality, The Collector's lack of real motive means that he becomes a receptacle for the audience's. He exists so we can see carnage and human harvesting - this monster does what the viewer wants him to.
Now I can happily enjoy transgression in my horror films, but what separates the Human Centipede from The Collector in my mind? Well, that's down to two factors. Firstly, The Human Centipede accepts its obscenity and does not attempt to eroticise or consumerise it. More importantly though, originality and imagination shine through in a work that Marcus Dunstan, the director of The Collector, could only copy and commercialise because it was expected of him.
If in watching and thinking about The Collector you don't ask yourself what kind of monster would do these things, and then don't realise that that monster comes from within a fellow human, then you become the monster that you see. To excuse evil by not understanding it is a crime, and good horror and good drama never does this. Do not feed this beast, do not watch this soul sucking shite.
Technical SpecsNow if that wasn't enough of a warning and you're still interested in this film then you need to know that it's on a region B single layer Blu-ray. The transfer is as grainy and metallic looking as intended from the mediums used in filming this affair. Presented at 2.35:1, encoded using the AVC/MPEG 4 codec and with a frame rate of 23.98 per second. Contrast is very good, shadow detail stands up well and edges are as natural as anything else in this very artificial looking film.
Special FeaturesThe extras are all offered in full HD and a welcome trailer for Let Me In is included as well. The alternate ending would truncate the film by 10 minutes, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but would have been the worst... ending... ever.. if it had been chosen. The two extra scenes are pretty dull and useless but of a similar standard to the rest of the film. The music video from Nico Vega is something I'll let others comment on as I recline in my pipe and slippers.
SummaryDo not feed the beast. Stop and don't even waste your time or more importantly your soul on this piece of effluent.
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