Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cropsey searches for real-life boogeyman

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click to enlarge HERE COMES YOUR MAN: Child murder suspect Andre Rand on his way to trial in 2002
  • HERE COMES YOUR MAN: Child murder suspect Andre Rand on his way to trial in 2002

Horror movies such as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity emulate documentary style to add you-are-there verisimilitude to their occult scenarios. The nonfiction film Cropsey returns the favor by borrowing thriller atmospherics for a moody, gripping true crime account.

Documentarians Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman introduce the film with tales of Cropsey, a child-stealing boogeyman and cautionary figure who haunted children's nightmares along the eastern seaboard. The filmmakers discover that a Staten Island missing-and-murdered-child case from the 1980s may have spawned the Cropsey urban legend.

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(Photo Courtesy Atlanta Film Festival)

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