Friday, July 31, 2009
'The Collector' rips into local theaters
Opening today in theaters is "The Collector," a horror flick shot in The Shreve in early 2008. It was known as "The Midnight Man" while filming.
Some critics don't seem to love it. "The Collector" has been given the "torture porn" label, which will attract as many moviegoers as it will deflect.
Writer/director Marcus Dunstan penned a few of the "Saw" flicks and "Collector" marks his first time the director's chair. How did he do?
Says The Austin Chronicle: "This is Dunstan's feature debut, and both he and co-writer Melton have Project Greenlight's 'Feast' on their screenwriting CVs, as well as entries 4-7 of the Saw films, but if anything, 'The Collector' ends up feeling like a series of leftover gore gags and audio stingers from those earlier, freakier horror shows. It'll probably get your date to crawl into your lap (or ask for some earplugs), but 'The Collector' feels like the final, welcome nail in the bizarrely popular torture-porn coffin."
Says MTV.com: "To say that 'The Collector' is a torture-porn movie of a particularly vile and hateful sort is already to waste more words than the picture merits. Still, gore fans should be aware that this is not an especially scary film in any but the most primitive big-boo sense. It's a monotonous procession of gouged eyes, crushed hands, snapped necks, ripped guts, barbed-wire bindings, fish-hook torments and nail-board impalings."
But, hey, let's be fair and include a few words from a critic who loves him some torture porn. Writes MrDisgusting for bloody-disgusting.com: "Most impressive about this new slasher/torture hybrid is the debut of a potential horror icon. The Collector (played by Juan Fernandez) is a creepy character that has two different colored eyed and an S&M-esque mask tied tight to his face (you can see him in the one sheet). His motives take a cue from classic slashers as it’s as simple as 'he just wants to own you.' There’s no revenge or idiotic motive behind this mask, he’s quite simply EVIL."
Sounds like my plumber.
SORTA LAME GIVEAWAY: A free "Soul Men" poster to the first commenter who correctly identifies the house/basement where much of this was filmed!