- October 29th, 2012
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After breaking into the business by scripting the Feast franchise and Saw 4-7, the writing team of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan went on to create a tale of a new sadistic psychopath in a film helmed by Dunstan – The Collector. The story follows Arkin, an ex-con turned handyman, who decides to rob his boss in order to pay off his ex-wife’s debt. Once he breaks into the remote country home of the Chase family, however, Arkin finds it littered with a maze of deadly traps laid by a sadistic killer who has imprisoned the family. Armed with only his wits and cunning, Arkin must find a way to escape The Collector. No doubt emboldened by their experience with the Saw franchise, Melton and Dunstan have created their own trap-laying madman who comes across as creepy and very effective in the title role. Josh Stewart delivers a solid performance as the anti-hero, Arkin, and the mood and atmosphere are extremely effective in helping to create a sense of claustrophobic tension. The gore is also present in full brutal force and serves to delineate the stark difference in criminality between Arkin’s felonious intent and the bloodlust of the Collector. In a far more personal way, Dunstan and Melton have created a far more memorable and effective horror tale than Stevan Mena’s 2004 film, Malevolence, while utilizing a similar storyline. Obviously, the pair found enough success with this 2009 entry to produce a sequel, The Collection, which is due to be released in the end of November.