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Collectors (2000)



Critic Consensus: Perversely fascinating, Collectors offers a glimpse into a world few knew existed. However, the documentary doesn't offer enough insight as to the motivations of serial art collectors.

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Filmed in the deep South, this documentary takes us on a journey into the strange, compelling world of pop culture's fascination with murder and mayhem. Collectors focuses on two of the country's premier serial killer enthusiasts. Rick Staton, a funeral director in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has encouraged many serial killers to start painting; he was the exclusive dealer of America's most notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Staton's extensive collection includes art and artifacts from such notorious serial killers as Charles Manson, Richard Ramirez and Henry Lee Lucas. Tobias Allen, also a collector, attained national exposure for creating a controversial serial killer board game, later banned in Canada. Together, Staton and Allen have been curators of several gallery shows of serial killer art work.


Critic Reviews for Collectors

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

The effect is coolly appalling.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

As distasteful as it is compulsively watchable.

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Their ghoulishness is so repugnant it's fascinating.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Clumsily managed and trivialized.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

The movie has no soul. Watching it is like observing a macabre dog and pony show.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

It's all very fascinating, but one thing is missing: Hobbs never attempts to probe the minds of Staton ... and Allen to find out what is behind their morbid obsession.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

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