Charming, articulate Staton chats wryly about the market value of death row paintings, wrangles with another collector over the acquisition of shrunken heads, and makes pilgrimages with Allen to murder sites to collect souvenirs and videotape the crime scenes. He also arranges a show of killer Elmer Wayne Henley's rather saccharine paintings, to much controversy.
Why would someone pursue such a macabre and callous hobby? Staton and true-crime writer Harold Schecter advance some theories, but ultimately "Collectors" chooses not to say. Chilling, thoughtful, and technically polished, the documentary is itself one of the ambiguous art objects it portrays--dark and voyeuristically compelling. Directed and produced by Julian P. Hobbs. No distributor set. Documentary. Not yet rated. Running time: 77 min