If you’re like me, a fan of horror movies, you may know many of them get their inspiration from real life events. Examples: Robert the Doll served as inspiration for Child’s Play, and Cheeseman Park tickled Spielberg’s muse for Poltergeist.
I’m not sure if the boogeyman of Staten Island known as “Cropsey” inspired any horror movies, but it could’ve. It did, however, inspire filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio to produce a documentary.
Growing up on Staten Island, Zeman and Brancaccio had often heard the legend of “Cropsey” – the escaped mental patient who lived in the abandoned tunnels of the Willowbrook mental hospital and came at night to snatch children off the streets. “Cropsey” remained just that, an urban legend, until the summer of 1987 when a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome disappeared from her neighborhood. Five weeks later, she was found buried in a shallow grave on the grounds of Willowbrook. Investigators soon link this case to four other missing children cases in the area – none of whom had been found. In CROPSEY, the filmmakers return to Staten Island to undertake their own investigation of the missing children, as well as the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances – convicted kidnapper, Andre Rand.
But wait, that’s not all. I’ve got more to whet your macabre appetite. First up, the trailer for Cropsey.
But wait, I’m still not done. Javier over GhostTheory is doing a Cropsey DVD/USB giveaway. (I’m so wanting one of those cool key-shaped USBs! I would’ve asked the publicist for one if I’d known about them. But I think Javier’s going to hook me up. Once again, he’s got my back!)
OTHERS WHO HAVE COVERED THE CROPSEY DOCUMENTARY
- Ghost Stories – Cropsey Documentary
- GhostTheory – Cropsey: DVD & USB Drive Giveaway (Yeah, I know I just mentioned it above. But it was worth repeating.)
- Dr. Donald Ryles – Urband Legend Turns Reality? Documentary Cropsey airs on TV
- Alibi.com - Cropsey: Chilling horror documentary proves some urban legends are real (Great review of the film.)
If you end up watching be sure to let me know what you thought!