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'''''The Collector''''' (2009) is an American horror film. Arkin O'Brien is a ex-con that breaks into a house to steal valuables, only to discover that a second person has already broken in, captured the residents, and has set up a variety of high-concept booby traps. Arkin is forced to try to figure out a way to save those he intended to rob, and also fight to survive.

A sequel, going by the title ''The Collection'', was release on November 30, 2012, and was [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday marketed as the real Black Friday]].

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!!''The Collector'' and ''The Collection'' provides the following tropes:

* ActionizedSequel: ''The Collection''.
* AntiHero: Arkin is a Type II or III in the first film. He broke into the house so that he could help his wife pay off her loan shark, and after finding out the family was being held prisoner, he tried to help them.
** Firmly becomes a GoodIsNotNice in ''The Collection''. [[spoiler:Likely becomes a Type IV with his capturing of The Collector, after he had gone through 11 entomologists, The Collector's actual job, just to find the right one.]]
* AntiVillain: Lucello is [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type IV]] in ''The Collection''. He desperately wants to get Elena back and so he cons Arkin into entering The Collector's hotel. But he gradually ends up trusting him and also pulls a [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]] in the end.
* AlternateEnding: [[spoiler:One that ends the film halfway even! In the alternate ending, Arkin, instead of going back in the house to try and save someone, just flips off the house and skips town.]]
* {{Badass}}: Arkin by ''The Collection'', Lucello Elena is [[HandicappedBadass deaf in one ear and manages to outwit The Collector's traps]].
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The climax of ''The Collection''.
* BoobyTrap: The Collector's M.O. for those he selected and captured.
* ComplexityAddiction: What else can you call so thoroughly booby-trapping a house after you've already captured almost everyone in it?
* CrazyPrepared: The Collector. He even began to reach levels close to TheChessmaster by ''The Collection''.
* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:Lucello]] does this to one of Collector's killer dogs.
* DivorcedInstallment: The movie was originally meant to be a ''Film/{{Saw}}'' prequel.
* DownerEnding: The first film.
* TheFaceless: The Collector again. [[spoiler:Though in both movies, they do show his face.]]
* FinalGirl: Arkin is a male example in the first film. [[spoiler:He and Elena are examples from the second.]]
* {{Fingore}}: We get a few sliced fingers here and there.
* ForTheEvulz: One the Collector's main reason d'etre.
* FromBadToWorse: More so than the Film/{{Saw}} films.
* {{Gorn}}: It is written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the same writers for the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' franchise and ''Film/{{Feast}}'', what do you expect?
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: At the very end of the first film, Arkin has managed to escape the house and save the little girl, and and stumbles onto police who call an ambulance for him. What's more, he's managed to keep ahold of the stone that'll allow him to pay off his wife's loanshark. But then The Collector rams a van into the ambulance, causing it to roll over on it's back. He kills the paramedic, and traps Arkin in his box.]]
* InfantImmortality: You didn't really think [[spoiler: Hannah]] was in any danger, did you? [[spoiler: In the alternate ending, though, she certainly is...]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sure, he may be a robber but Arkin is only doing the robbery to pay off his ex-wife's LoanShark problem, as well as to protect her and their daughter.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Averted with the Collector in ''The Collection'']].
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]][=/=][[spoiler:PayEvilUntoEvil]]: [[spoiler: Arkin locks The Collector in the box at the end of ''The Collection'', similar to what The Collector had done to Arkin at the end of the previous film. It's also suggested that Arkin's about to REALLY go midieval on The Collector's ass for a long time after.]]
* [[KickTheDog Kick the Cat]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In ''The Collection'', [[spoiler:The Collector gets his ass handled to him by Arkin in a glorious NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.]]
* KnifeFight: [[spoiler: Between Lucello and the Collector.]]
* KnifeNut: The Collector's preferred weapon for when he has to kill someone hands on.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: [[spoiler: At the end of the second film, a man walks into his house and begins to sort his mail. He hears something, and begins to wander the house armed. The music begins to get louder and more tense...until he reaches out a switches off the radio he had turned on a few minutes earlier.]]
* LightFlickerTeleportation: [[spoiler: In the second film, Arkin is exploring a room in the hotel where the lights keep flickering. The Collector enters the room, and slowly sneaks up on him. Arkin turns around just as the Collector lunges at him. Then when the lights flicker again, we see that Arkin managed to slip out of the room before the Collector could get him.]]
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Very VEEERY malevolent.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: After all the shit The Collector has caused him, Arkin gives one to him [[spoiler:at the end of "The Collection" after Lucello's gives his life, so he can give Arkin a chance to attack.]]
* PapaWolf: Mr. Peters is willing to do anything to get her back even that means hiring outside help and killing the man who collected his daughter.
** Arkin himself is one, especially after seeing the "Get Well" card from The Collector.
* RedRightHand: The Collector has animal-like reflective eyes that give a glowing effect. A close up in the second film makes the pupil appear to be one solid color.
* RightHandAttackDog: Just one of the Collector's many weapons.
* SerialKiller: The Collector
* SequelEscalation: The first movie featured a house filled with traps. The sequel features not only a massive DeathFromAbove scene set inside a club, but also has lots more traps inside the hotel that The Collector resides within.
* SlaveMooks: Using a combination of torture and drugs the Collector drives some of his victims permanently insane and then sics them on intruders ''en masse.''
* [[spoiler:SuddenlyVoiced]]: [[spoiler: The Collector at the end of the second film.]]
* TemptingFate: The second film opens with a flashback showing Mr. Peters and a young Elena driving home after the death of her mother. He promises her that he'll always be there for her. [[spoiler: Not three seconds later, they're hit by another car. They both live, but it happens so quickly that it almost seems darkly comical.]]'
* TookALevelInBadass: Arkin in ''The Collection''.
* TheToothHurts: The Collector uses a chisel and hammer to knock out one of Arkin's teeth.
* TorturePorn
* TortureTechnician
* TrapMaster: The Collector.
* TheVoiceless: The Collector, in true slasher fashion. [[spoiler:Until the very end of the second film.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:The Collector survives and without any scars after being fully engulf in fire at the end of ''The Collection''.]]
** Arkin at the beginning of the second movie. By the end of '''The Collector'', his hands are shredded, he's had a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown with the Collector, he's been all sliced up,[[spoiler: and he gets ''hit by a car'' when he finally flags down some cops]]. In ''The Collection'', [[spoiler: after an unknown length of time in the Collector's hands,]] we find him basically unharmed if completely soaked in blood. No explanation given.
* XMeetsY: Concept-wise, it is like Film/{{Saw}} meets [[Literature/TheCollector the book of the same name]].
* YourHeadAsplode: Happens to Basil (guy in the towel) in ''The Collection''.
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