‘Cropsey’ is an urban legend that haunted Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman while they were growing up in Staten Island, NY. In this 2009 documentary, the filmmakers return to their childhood environs to investigate the myth about the elusive boogeyman, wacko and supposed satanist who allegedly lived in the abandoned ruins of the notorious Willowbrook Mental Institution, which he used as a base for abducting and killing local children. Ultimately, the discovery of the body of a missing girl proved the legend to be true.
Opening with a spooky walk in the woods, Cropsey follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio as they embark on their investigation of the eponymous urban legend that has been troubling them since they were children growing up in Staten Island, New York. According to the legend, an elusive homeless man nicknamed Cropsey was the creepy boogeyman responsible for local child abductions and murders. He was the subject of campfire stories and whose imagined image terrified children up and down America’s East Coast. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.