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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 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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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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Jim Callaghan - Former Editor, Staten Island Eagle: When you look at a place like Staten Island, it was viewed as a dumping ground for all kinds of things, the Fresh Kills landfill, that took everybody's garbage, 8 million people's garbage, dumped in Staten Island, the Farm Colony was a place where people went who had tuberculosis. Willowbrook warehoused thousands of people and left them there, that it was a dumping ground. Why would you dump them in Staten Island? That's where you dump things, so you dump kids, what's the difference? You're ...
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Cropsey: Passable stuff
23 March 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

From Joshua Zeman who brought us the fantastic Killer Legends (2014) we have a documentary about the urban legend Cropsey. For those unaware it was a name given to a faceless (Not literally) individual who snatched children and resided in abandoned buildings within the forest. Alike many urban legends the story changes dependent on who you ask and where they're from.

But instead of focusing on the origins of Cropsey it instead focus's on the true story of Andre Rand a man suspected of abducting and killing a number of children with learning difficulties. A living, breathing Cropsey.

The team give a history on the man and the lost children, interviews experts and those involved in the case as well as the usual incorporation of archive news footage and stock interviews.

Its all well made, but considering how little they actually have to go on much of it feels like filler and it's all assumptions leaving the viewer with unanswered questions and I found that a tad frustrating. This isn't a water tight case and therefore they could never provide 100% certainty but for this reason it felt like rather flawed subject matter.

Regardless the archive footage is very moving and the man in question is rather fascinating. The viewer is left to make up their own mind as to what they believe happened based on evidence presented.

Passable stuff, but Zeman's later works are superior.

The Good:

Well made

Great archive footage

The Bad:

Feels like too much critical information is missing

Too short


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