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Cropsey (2009)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 220255595
UPC: 853937002643
UPC 14: 00853937002643
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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.
Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/10/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 84 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00853937002643
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Josh Zeman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Tammy Douglas - Sound
Video Cast Info Chad Davidson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jawad Metni - Camera Operator
Video Cast Info Alexander Lasaranko - Composer
Video Cast Info Donna Cutugno - Host
Video Cast Info Karen Schweiger - Host
Video Cast Info David Novarro - Host
Video Cast Info Ralph Aquino - Host
Video Cast Info Barbara Brancaccio - Director
Video Cast Info Josh Zeman - Director

Professional 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

"[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

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