Van Dien's in the Storage Wars
Following a robbery which went bad and ended up with a murder, Dayton (Casper Van Dien) finds himself pulled over and arrested for grand theft auto with the cops unaware of his part in the robbery and murder of a bride to be. After going down and doing 18 months Dayton is released and learns that two young girls, Annette (Cassi Thomson) and Molly (Samantha Cope), have bought his storage locker which not only contains evidence of all his crimes but also personal effects belonging to his late mother. Now Dayton will stop at nothing to get back his locker and eliminate anyone who gets in his way.
When I am not watching and reviewing movies I tend to have the TV on as background noise and on occasion have found myself watching "Storage Hunters" with Sean Kelly auctioning of unwanted storage lockers. Well I guess the writers of "Killer Collector", which also goes by the name of "Storage Locker 181", were fans as well with this thriller based around a couple of girl friends unwittingly buying the stolen goods of a thief turned killer in a storage locker auction and of course ending up in danger when the killer comes after them as he wants his stuff back. But rather than keeping things simple the writers also give the killer a quirk of robbing and murdering brides to be meaning his storage locker has a fair few bridal dresses on mannequins.
Now for the most "Killer Collector"/"Storage Locker 181" is comparable to many a modern made for TV movie which tells a story, doesn't quite to get to grips with creating tension and features a good looking cast. And being comparable to many a modern TV movie there is some dodgy moments of dialogue and dodgy acting to go with it. But in truth this is the sort of movie you expect to have certain flaws and in truth as only his third time behind the camera as director Casper Van Dien acquits himself nicely by keeping things simple, keeping them ticking over and keeping it clean with no experimental camera work which fails.
Now what that means is that for the most "Killer Collector"/"Storage Locker 181" is pretty standard stuff where we have the bad guy stalking a couple of damsels until one ends in distress and the other ends up in danger. But it has its plus points and Cassi Thomson as Annette comes across as so likeable it is hard to dislike her character even when she has the cheesiest of lines to deliver. And then we have Casper Van Dien doing sinister killer in a suit looking a lot younger than he is which is pretty normal stuff until we get a scene where as Dayton he goes deranged and suddenly we have this psycho killer who sounds like a spoilt child throwing a tantrum and whether intentional or not it is one of the movie's few highlights.
What this all boils down to is that I would be lying if I said "Killer Collector"/"Storage Locker 181" was anything special as it is for the most a typical modern made for TV thriller with little in the way of tension and mainly a good looking cast. But it is surprisingly entertaining, partly for its cheesy side and partly for one scene of Casper Van Dien letting rip with a hilarious psycho tantrum.