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Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Horror | 25 April 2009 (USA)
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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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Joshua Zeman
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Cast

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


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Not Rated

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,305, 6 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,476
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Was awarded Hammer to Nail's Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at 2009's Tribeca Film Festival. See more »

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Joshua Zeman: As children we were deluded by our parents' belief that Staten Island was such a safe place to grow up, but in reality every community has a seedy underside. Every suburbia has its secrets. We only discovered our own because of what happened with Jennifer... and then all the other children. After Donna Cutugno and her team found the body of Jennifer Schweiger, the police started connecting the dots. They looked at other missing children from Staten Island, eventually they focused on on 4 ...
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The Facts or the Folklore?
21 October 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

What is a Cropsey? A Cropsey is the name given to a bogeyman used to frighten children by way of safe education (stay away from that place/that man/them woods etc). When Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio grew up they learnt that their Cropsey was in fact real. Or was he?

Andre Rand was a convicted child kidnapper from Staten Island who is strongly suspected to have committed a number of child kidnappings and murders between 1972 and 1987. Most of the missing children were special needs cases, and with Rand having close ties to Willowbrook State School, a sorry place for the mentally ill thats conditions were exposed by Geraldo Rivera's infamous documentary in 1972, and his known living arrangements out in the Greenbelt Woods around Willowbrook, he seemed the likely culprit for sure.

Zeman and Brancaccio do a sterling job of piecing together all available evidence and reports involving Rand, including interviews with family and friends of the missing children and the detectives who worked on the case. They even have epistle contact with Rand as they try to arrange a meeting with their very own bogeyman. The footage and stories involving Willowbrook are skin crawlingly effective, the visits to the ruins of the place equally creepy.

We constantly see pictures of the missing children, and that of the only one who was found, murdered, close to one of Rand's makeshift campsites. These are real horrors in this horror film, and they cut the psyche like a knife. Unfortunately the makers lose a little focus in the final third, as more revelations and accusations enter the debate some of the unease wears off, the doc gets chocked as it were, and some of the harsh realities are replaced by fanciful supposition.

Still, in the main this is a tremendous documentary, challenging and unbiased. It could just have been Zeman and Brancaccio walking around interviewing the usual suspects et al, but they go deeper than that to leave a lasting impression on both the mind and the soul. 8.5/10


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