Cropsey

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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.

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Studio Breaking Glass Pictures
SKU 220255595
UPC 853937002643
UPC 14 00853937002643
Format DVD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Keywords
Documentary
History
Mental Illness
Murder Investigations
Serial Killers
Editors Note
Note Staten Island filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio reveal how an urban legend conjured up to keep kids from exploring abandoned buildings became a horrifying reality when a mysterious drifter began abducting children in their tight-knit urban neighborhood. Growing up, Zeman and Brancaccio were deluged with terrifying tales of Cropsy, a murderous mental patient prone to snatching children off the streets and taking them to the derelict buildings that were once part of the Willowbrook Mental Institution. Some claimed Crospey had a hook for a hand; others claimed his weapon of choice was a large axe. In 1987, that legend crossed the boundary into reality when 13-year-old Jennifer Schweiger vanished without a trace. Her disappearance sent shockwaves of fear through the community, but it was only the first. Before long Crospey had a name: Andre Rand. When a photo of a handcuffed Rand was released in the press, the public didn't need a conviction to know he was the man who had been preying on their children. In this film, Zeman and Brancaccio go back to the scene of the crimes to search for clues, and speak with the locals about how the case has haunted them for decades.
Reviews
New York Times "An atmospheric blend of archival news film, homey interviews and amateur sleuthing, CROPSEY shines an uncomfortable light on the way we reason." 06/04/2010
Movieline "[A]n absorbing and openly personal look at the function and dysfunction of local legends." 06/01/2010
A.V. Club "Expertly paced and assembled....CROPSEY is compelling as a meditation on how we use stories to explain the inconceivable..." 06/03/2010
Los Angeles Times "The story of the unsolved abductions and the man who might have become the scapegoat for a community is troubling enough. No big-screen trickery is required." 07/08/2010
Cast & Crew
Josh Zeman - Screenwriter
Tammy Douglas - Sound
Chad Davidson - Director of Photography
Jawad Metni - Camera Operator
Alexander Lasaranko - Composer
Donna Cutugno - Host
Karen Schweiger - Host
David Novarro - Host
Ralph Aquino - Host
Barbara Brancaccio - Director
Josh Zeman - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00853937002643
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 84 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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