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Killer Legends (2014)

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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.

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Stephen Winick ... Himself - American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
James Presley ... Himself - Author, A Town in Terror
Casey Roberts ... Himself - Media Manager at Texas A&M, Texarkana
Bill Ellis ... Himself - Professor Emeritus, Penn State
Robby Robertson ... Himself - Director, Texarkana Parks and Rec
Mark Bledsoe ... Himself - Phantom Expert
Jereme Kennington ... Himself - Local Phantom Expert
Ed Goad ... Himself - Ret. Lt. Pasadena Police Dept.
Craig Smyser ... Himself - Former Reporter, Houston Chronicle
Mike Hinton ... Himself - Former Asst. District Attorney
David Crump ... Himself - Professor of Law, University of Houston
Carol Haley Holt ... Herself - Friend of Janett Christman
Mary Beth Brown ... Herself - Local Historian
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Four timeless urban legends continue to haunt the psyche of the American public. This documentary follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they investigate the true crimes that may have spawned these urban legends, while exploring how these myths evolved and why we continue to believe. The documentary probes the following legends: The Candyman: The film travels viewers to Houston, Texas, to explore the legend of tainted candy that strikes fear in parents every Halloween. Though the legend is prolific, in actuality there is only one documented case of a child dying from tainted candy: 8-year-old Timothy O'Bryan. Timothy was poisoned on Halloween by a real life monster who used the legend to hide his crime, earning him the nickname, The Candyman. The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs: As the legend goes, a babysitter tormented by a twisted caller, learns that the sadistic calls are coming from inside the house. While the babysitter has become the go-to victim in so many of our... Written by Anonymous

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An Excellent Documentary Experience
12 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

I decided that I needed to watch the Killer Legends documentary tonight. This was a serendipitous choice, it seems, since I just recently watched the meta sequel to The Town That Dreaded Sundown (sharing the same title), considering that this documentary begins with an exploration into that particular series of murders in Texarkana. It goes on from there to a chilling story of a real life incident of a child dying on Halloween night from poisoned candy as well as the basis for the urban legends that provide the substrate for numerous movies including When a Stranger Calls. This was a terrific documentary about a truly fascinating subject...and I wish that I had thought to do it myself. It would be an absolutely captivating thing to do with my time, traveling around and investigating the horrifying real life crimes that have birthed the numerous urban legends we grow up hearing and sharing with others.


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