The Collector (1965) Film Review


Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) is a creepy guy who has won a lot of money on the pools (kind of lottery thing) and has bought a house in a rural area. He then kidnaps the object of his affection, Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar) and holds her in the hope she will fall in love with him.

It’s definitely a film of its day. It is extremely dated, with swelling music almost overpowering the dialogue and stiff, over-the-top acting. But there is enough of the creepiness and fear to drive the story, and it did creep me out a fair bit.

The Collector was nominated for Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Samantha Eggar), Best Director (William Wyler) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Stanley Mann and John Kohn).

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