Cropsey NR CC

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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.

Starring:
Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Mystery, Documentary, Horror
Director Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman
Starring Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio
Supporting actors Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto, Geraldo Rivera, Karen Schweiger, David Navarro, Donna Cutugno, Ralph Aquino, Bobby Jensen, Ernie Anastos, Andre Rand, Jim Callaghan, Jim Dolan, Theresa Doyle, Ed Armstrong, Sean Hughes, Peter Hughes, Holly Cederholm, Ken Schweiger
Studio Gravitas Ventures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

Don't waste your money here... go elsewhere to rent for free!
iskeyedive
Cropsey, a regional urban legend of the boogie man who murders children, is brought to life in the real story of the Staten Island child abductions and murder.
GeekGrlz
Don't think I watched the whole thing, didn't want to waste any more time!
Pamela

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By McSizzle on January 21, 2011
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This movie creeped me out. As someone who finds true stories more engaging than fiction i was a big fan of this film. I love how the different pieces were woven together to paint a truely horrifying tale about a killer from Staten Island. From the Cropsey legend, to the horrifying images from Geraldos Willowbrook Expose, to the truely tragic stories of missing disable children.
The filmakers may not be Martin Scorscese but the film works because they were working with a truely engaging topic. They conducted compelling interviews with most of the key players.
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140 of 172 people found the following review helpful By superlative on January 4, 2011
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BEWARE!!!

The other reviews of this movie use words that would normally describe something intriguing, something that builds itself up to a giant mystery, only to be answered in the last 20 minutes of the film. But sadly, this is not the case with "Cropsey."

This movie, although very sad, has no real weight to speak of. Cropsey gives you little more than a brief background of the events that took place in the 80's involving some missing children who were never found. Bottom line, if you really want to know what happened here, don't waste an hour and a half and 3 bucks, read a short article and that will tell you more than what you get here.

In conclusion, if you like watching people stumble around in the woods, asking viewers rhetorical questions, with no real direction or destination, then this is the movie for you!!!!!!! For everyone else, keep looking. . .
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Format: DVD
Filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio return to their native Staten Island, New York to explore the truth behind the legend of "Cropsey", a fictional boogey man whom parents up and down the Hudson River have used for generations to frighten their children into behaving. On Staten Island, Cropsey took the form of a deranged mental patient who lived in the tunnel system beneath the abandoned Willowbrook State School and snatched children. It was an urban legend designed to keep children from playing in the dangerous ruins of the school, which had for decades housed mentally disabled children in such squalor that, in 1972, Geraldo Rivera made his name as an investigative reporter by taking cameras inside to film an exposé of the deplorable conditions. That led to its closure.

In the 1970s and 1980s, there were a string of child disappearances on Staten Island. In 1987, Jennifer Schweiger, a 12-year-old girl with Downs syndrome, disappeared. Her body was found on the grounds of Willowbrook, and 43-year-old Andre Rand, a homeless man who had once worked as an orderly there, was charged with kidnapping Jennifer and presumed to be her murderer. He was convicted without any physical evidence linking him to the crime. An eccentric whom some painted as a manipulative demagogue to the homeless community at Willowbrook, perhaps mentally ill himself, Rand seemed to be Cropsey come to life. But was he guilty or just convenient? Did the legend of Cropsey play a role in how Rand was perceived by the public, the press, and by jurors?

Andre Rand's questionable guilt might not distinguish the case if he had not been brought back to trial in 2004 for the kidnapping of another one of Staten Island's missing children, 7-year-old Holly Ann Hughes, who disappeared in 1981.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Psychedelic Good Trip on March 11, 2012
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A loner lived in the tunnels and in the forest lands of the active and than defunct Willowbrook Institute during the 1960s, 1970s,1980s. Children were disapearing on staten island between 1972-1987. A Loner named Andre Rand who worked as an orderly in the Willowbrook institute from 1966-1968, was caught and accused in 1987 after the last victim Jennifer Schwieger age 12 was found buried on the abandon willowbrook institute grounds, 150 yards from Rands makeshift camp. Rand who was convicted in 1988, was convicted again as his parole date came near in 2004, his next parole date won't be until 2037 he will be 93, assuring the families of the deceased children Rand will die in prison. The thing that gets me is Rand has been in prison twenty five years and still has'nt confessed, no one has even come foward that might have been involved with Rand to confess to authorities, the true capabilities of a pathological liar. The truly amazing thing is that authorities have'nt found any positive leads, just eye witnesses. Willowbrook doctor Shin Lees nude body, was found in a shallow grave appearently raped, she was on her way to work through the willowbrook forest. Nurse Ethel Atwell was never seen again while walking through the willowbrook forest to her job. Incidentally both woman walked past Andre Rands makeshift camp, Lee in July 1978, Atwell in Oct.1978. a few months apart. I wish authorites would get permission from the Lee family and exhume Shin Lees body for DNA analysis to possibly expose the killers dna. Incredibly these cold cases remain unsolved. Maybe Andre Rand pulled off being the perfect serial killer. I have a feeling that authorities will find that Rand has been involved with even more missing children disappearances throughout not only staten island but the four other boros of New York.Read more ›
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Husky Mom on April 30, 2011
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This is more of a news story. While it is very sad and tragic that these children died and are still missing, the saddest thing is that if there is no concrete proof that this man is guilty then the REAL killer is still out there and could kill again. I don't know if Rand did this or not. But what if he really was just a scapegoat? That is the bad thing about the lynch mob mentality. Would you really rather have just someone behind bars for this or would you like to make sure the real perp has been caught?
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