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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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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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A disturbing, darkly comic horror doc
17 July 2014 | by Ja64See all my reviews

Joshua Zeman's KILLER LEGENDS is a worthy follow-up to his highly-acclaimed horror doc CROPSEY. KILLER LEGENDS features chills, laughs, and 85 minutes of pure entertainment. Having been a horror fan for my entire life, I've always loved being scared by serial killers created by the craziest minds working in the horror genre. However, I never considered that many of these serial killers and insane stories were rooted in reality.

Zeman and Rachel Mills clearly did an enormous amount of research to make this film simultaneously stimulating intellectually and wickedly entertaining. Each segment of KILLER LEGENDS is engaging, chilling, and more compelling than the one preceding it. My personal favorite was the "Candy Man" segment because it hits the closest to home and features the biggest twist. It's also the most disturbing. This segment is so horrifying and relatable (if that's even the right word) because most of us have been trick-or-treating and had heard about tainted candy. The fact that tainted candy killed a kid under the circumstances that it did is really horrible (you'll see what I mean).

Mills and Zeman's passion for the material really shines through and makes this film a winner. They obviously love this material and Zeman seems to love the kinds of films he makes - he has now explored the true-life roots of urban legends in two documentaries. This makes watching them incredibly entertaining. We feel his passion as we watch. I would highly recommend this to fans of horror, documentaries, and, of course, CROPSEY. This is a documentary for those who don't like documentaries.


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