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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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Joshua Zeman

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

16 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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The Urban Legend Project See more »

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Texarkana, Texas, USA See more »

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Disappointing In The Same Way Cropsey Was
12 August 2014 | by TheFilmGuy1See all my reviews

Just like the directors other documentary, Cropsey, I found myself interested in the concept, but it really just let me down. It has a few little interesting moments, such as the clown segment, but overall it doesn't give a whole lot of information that you couldn't find online yourself with a little bit of research.

The film explores the concept of how certain urban legends come from real crimes that actually happened. In theory this sounds good, but it ends up kind of covering what we could already assume. It also covers some stories that have already been covered before, such as the case of the poison pixie stick a kid ate on Halloween. It would have been more interesting to hear about urban legends that came from surprising real events. I think Cropsey did the same thing. It was a documentary that had a good concept but just kinda goes into territory that is less relevant and becomes boring. It also seems ridiculous how the filmmakers try to "solve" these crimes themselves, as if they are going to find something that the tons of people who investigated it before them, including police and other interested people. I just knew that they wouldn't discover anything new or shocking.

I do wish this had more to offer, but it ends up being a forgettable documentary. I mean, if you really are interested in it, check it out, but if you know a little bit about urban legends, you might not get anything new from this.


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