The Collector (2009): The Originally Planned Prequel to the ‘Saw’ Franchise

Starring: Madeline Zima, Andrea Roth, Daniella Alonso, Robert Wisdom, Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, and Juan Fernandez.

Directed by: Marcus Dunstan.

Originally penned to be a prequel to the Saw film franchise (titled The Midnight Man), The Collector is a cleverly written flick about a burglar (played by Josh Stewart) who breaks into a house with the intent of obtaining valuables from a safe, however, a sadistic madman wearing a mask has already beat him to the claiming of the house as he has taken the entire family hostage and has set down some very deadly traps all throughout the home. Will the burglar flee for his life or will he save the family? Either way, escaping the house altogether is going to be one heck of a challenge.

The Collector begins by taking some time to dive into the character of the burglar and why he needs to break into the house, something which I didn’t expect, and it does a good job of this. When he finally breaks into the house at the end of the first act and discovers that he isn’t the first person to have done so, things really start to get interesting. About eighty percent of this film takes place inside a dimly-lit house from which there is no escape from as the Collector character has everything under lock and key (including the victims).

The only two flaws of this film are the lighting and some of the editing. With the given dark house setting throughout most of the film, some aren’t really lit properly and…