6.3/10
6,994
30 user 83 critic

Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Horror | 25 April 2009 (USA)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
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.

Writer:

Joshua Zeman
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Delving into our collective nightmares, this horror-documentary investigates the origins of our most terrifying urban legends and the true stories that may have inspired them.

Director: Joshua Zeman
Stars: Rachel Mills, Joshua Zeman, Stephen Winick
Documentary | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind.

Director: John Borowski
Stars: Tony Jay, Harold Schechter, Thomas Cronin
The Killing Season (TV Series 2016)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"The Killing Season" from Executive Producer Alex Gibney follows documentarians, Joshua Zeman (Cropsey) and Rachel Mills as they investigate one of the most bizarre unsolved serial killer ... See full summary »

Stars: Rachel Mills, Joshua Zeman, Peter Brendt
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into an infamous thirty-year-old cold case: the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film ... See full summary »

Directors: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Noreen Gosch, Nancy Allen, Paul Bonacci
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus
Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Donna
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Truth is Terrifying. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bauk See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,305, 6 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,476
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Barbara Brancaccio: [looking at pictures of Willowbrook State School] Willowbrook was strictly for the mentally ill?
Dorothy D'Eletto - Archivist & Researcher: Yes.
See more »

Connections

References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cropsey... so good
1 July 2010 | by jblecherSee all my reviews

Cropsey is one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time. An interesting look at a society growing up with a bit of fear. It takes you to a place many can relate to even if they didn't grow up in Staten Island. It actually captures a time in the past and successfully brings it front and center in the times we live in now. It was also fascinating to see how history lives with us long after the time has passed. The story unfolds in a bit of a spooky way, which only adds to the documentary's allure. It's hard to look away. The documentary delves into a mystery and how a society deals with it during and long after the mystery manifested itself. How deep the documentary goes into finding the truth just draws you into the story more. There were so many times I had chills watching this documentary. Truly impressive story telling.


17 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed