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.


Joshua Zeman


Joshua Zeman



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Mills ... Self - Researcher
Joshua Zeman ... Self - Writer / Director, Cropsey
Stephen Winick Stephen Winick ... Self - American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
James Presley James Presley ... Self - Author, A Town in Terror
Casey Roberts Casey Roberts ... Self - Media Manager at Texas A&M, Texarkana
Bill Ellis Bill Ellis ... Self - Professor Emeritus, Penn State
Robby Robertson Robby Robertson ... Self - Director, Texarkana Parks and Rec
Mark Bledsoe Mark Bledsoe ... Self - Phantom Expert
Jereme Kennington Jereme Kennington ... Self - Local Phantom Expert
Ed Goad Ed Goad ... Self - Ret. Lt. Pasadena Police Dept.
Craig Smyser Craig Smyser ... Self - Former Reporter, Houston Chronicle
Mike Hinton Mike Hinton ... Self - Former Asst. District Attorney
David Crump David Crump ... Self - Professor of Law, University of Houston
Carol Haley Holt Carol Haley Holt ... Self - Friend of Janett Christman
Mary Beth Brown Mary Beth Brown ... Self - Local Historian


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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If you are a fan of urban legends watch this film!
8 July 2014 | by Nikki_C_ThomasonSee all my reviews

I stumbled across the film Cropsey last year on Netflix and was blown away. I did a little research on IMDb and found that Joshua Zeman had another film in the works about urban legends. I have been an avid collector of urban legend stories for many years so I was super excited.

Last night I was finally able to watch Killer Legends. It did not disappoint. There are four different segments researching and examining the truth behind these stories. My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer. I feel that it could be a great TV series with each episode examining a new legend.

I for one can not wait to see what he does next!

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16 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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