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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Zeman ...
Barbara Brancaccio ...
Bill Ellis ...
Himself - Professor of Folklore, Penn State (as Dr. Bill Ellis)
Dorothy D'Eletto ...
Herself - Archivist & Researcher
Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Karen Schweiger ...
Herself - Jennifer Schweiger's Mother
David Navarro ...
Himself - Former Newscaster
Donna Cutugno ...
Herself - Founder, Friends of Jennifer
Ralph Aquino ...
Himself - Retired Detective, NYPD
Bobby Jensen ...
Himself - Retired Detective, NYPD
Ernie Anastos ...
Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Andre Rand ...
Himself - Suspect
Jim Callaghan ...
Himself - Former Editor, Staten Island Eagle
Jim Dolan ...
Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Theresa Doyle ...
Herself - Searcher for Jennifer


Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

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25 April 2009 (USA)  »

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$35,456 (USA) (16 July 2010)

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A Real Life Freddy Krueger (or...Cropsey will get you if you don't watch out)
22 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As most of us growing up were told by (some,'tho thankfully not all) parents & older siblings/peers..."the bogyman will get you if you don't watch out",just to scare the living crap out of us. In Staten Island,New York,a real life bogyman was apparently doing so. Between 1972 to 1987,several children went missing in the area of Willowbrook State School for the mentally disabled. The prime suspect was one Andre Rand,a former inmate at Willowbrook in the 1950's,and who would be found creeping around the abandoned building. Andre Rand was eventually captured,put on trial & convicted for several grisly murders. Cropsey (Rand's nick name)attempts to try & make some sort of sense out of what could have happened (and makes attempts to try & clear Rand's name). Did Andre Rand commit all of those gruesome murders,or is he (Rand) just being used as some kind of scapegoat to pacify the community of Staten Island? Life long Staten Island residents,Joshua Zeman & Barbara Brancaccio direct this riveting documentary,from a scenario conceived by Zeman. Cinematography is by Chad Davidson & edited by Tom Patterson. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains some truly disturbing images & testimony that will haunt you for a long time after,as well as a bit of rough language. Not a good choice for children.

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