What is “Cropsey?”

Urban legends are nothing new. Almost every town has one to call their own. But sometimes a legend has roots in reality. Maybe that’s the case with Cropsey?

Growing up on Staten Island, children had often heard the legend of ‘Cropsey.’ For the kids in their neighborhood, Cropsey was the escaped mental patient who lived in the old abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution, who would come out late at night and snatch children off the streets. Sometimes Cropsey had a hook for a hand, other times he wielded a bloody axe. Cropsey was always out there waiting to get them.

Later as teenagers, filmmakers Joshua and Barbara assumed Cropsey was just an urban legend: a cautionary tale used to keep them out of those abandoned buildings. That all changed in the summer of 1987 when a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome, named Jennifer Schweiger, disappeared from their community. That was the summer all the kids from Staten Island discovered that their urban legend was real.

Now as adults Joshua and Barbara have returned to Staten Island to create Cropsey, a feature documentary that delves into the mystery behind Jennifer and four additional missing children. The film also investigates Andre Rand, the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. Embarking on a mysterious journey into the underbelly of their forgotten borough, these filmmakers uncover a reality that is more terrifying than any urban legend.

Without digging too deeply into the subject, there doesn’t seem to be much information on the net regarding the subject of Cropsey, but there is plenty of stuff on convicted killer, Andre Rand. The trailer tries to play on the audience’s consciousness of fear and ends up looking like a bad episode of “Ghost Hunters.” The details of the case and what really happened on those streets in the late 80’s is more interesting to me than investigating something that is obviously no more than an urban legend. So if it sticks with that and doesn’t try to give us too much “Blair Witchiness”, I think this could be a potentially interesting a worthwhile look at a (serial?) killer and the grip of panic he held on the area.

We’ve stuck the trailer beneath the seats here; plus, the Official site has all sorts of crazy and highly detailed information on the subject if you’re interested further.
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Lynch’s Hisss Gets Official Trailer

And it looks pretty awesome.

If you missed Andrew’s earlier post with the “contraband” trailer and all of the film’s details, now may be the time to check it out. For the rest of us, just take a look at the spiffy new trailer, found via Dread Central, which makes me want to see the movie tomorrow.

And in case you’re wondering, Hisss‘ tagline reads: “She’s sexy… venomous… and she’ll swallow you whole…” Doesn’t get much better than this.

Move Over Ted Bundy

Bellee GunnessHere comes Belle Gunness.

Wait…who? I know that’s what you’re wondering. Who the hell is this Belle Gunness? Only the US’ most prolific female serial killers. Not only was she thought to have killed her two husbands, during her reign of terror she also killed her two daughters, a number of other children as well as numerous suitors and boyfriends; estimates say she killed more than 40 people over several decades. How we haven’t seen a movie about this woman until now is beyond me.

Producer Ed Bass co-wrote the script to Belle (which he’ll also direct) with Eva Mayer who purchased the farm Gunness used to own and then discovered some of the love letters that either made it back or were never sent to Gunness’ victims.

After reading about Gunness, I can’t believe I’ve never even heard of her and I’m going to have to search out more details. In starting the search, I came across a few photos of Gunness (including the one above) and I started to wonder what major star would be willing to step into the role. Thoughts?

Still Early But “It” Adaptation Sounds Promising

Pennywise from King's ITSometime in the early part of the 90’s, I stumbled on a miniseries that gave me nightmares for months to come. It was the adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” and the movie that single-handedly fuelled my fear of clowns for the next few years. I only saw it the single time but clearly remember being spooked by the story and some of the images and events that unfolded even if the ending left me wondering what the heck had just happened since the film devolved from good thriller (to a tweenaged me at least) into sci-fi weirdness with a spider-like monster thing that made very little sense.

Over the years, I have occasionally felt the pull to re-visit the story but never bothered and now it looks like I may write it off completely. A few weeks ago it was announced that It would be coming to the big screen care of WB and writer Dave Kajganich (the man behind the recent updating of Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The Invasion). I was curious about the new film but with such little information to go on, it was simply a passing amusement rather than any real interest in the project but after reading some recent comments from Kajganich, I’m a little more curious.

In a discussion with Dread Central, Kajganich added a few details to the barebones production information including the fact that the film will be set in the mid 80s and the present, with the same 20 year gap King had in the original story, as well as news that this will definitely be an R rated film. The one thing that really impressed me about Kajganich’s comments was the fact that he seems to understand and care for the story enough to know that some of it will have to be cut out;

“WB wants to do this as a single film, so I will have to kill a few darlings to make that happen. You have my promise, though, that I will do this with the utmost humility and respect for King’s work.”

It’s not exactly a promissory note for a spectacular movie but I’m thrilled to see that Kajganich is comfortable enough with the material to make the difficult decisions and now I’m much more interested to see an updating of a film that traumatized my childhood. Who knows, maybe the updating will be creepy enough to traumatize the adult as well. Sometimes, a little trauma is appreciated.

Mysterious Trailer for New Almodóvar/Cruz Tagteam

I promised more and now it’s time to deliver.

Pedro Almodóvar’s new film Los Abrazos Rotos is scheduled to open in Spain on March 18th and the promotion machine has started. Lucky for us, someone’s had the good sense to subtitle the first trailer which means for the non-Spanish speakers in the audience, you too can take in…the confusion?!?

There isn’t much to go on other than Andrew’s previous post that the film features Penélope Cruz as a killer plastic surgeon and a very brief wiki entry which says that the film is a “four-way tale of dangerous love, and was shot in the style of a hard-boiled 1950s American film noir.” The trailer certainly suggests as much.

We’ll keep you posted as more details are uncovered until then, take in the trailer.


Brotherhood of the Wolf Gets Director’s Cut

Brotherhood of the Wolf DVD CoverI clearly remember renting Brotherhood of the Wolf a few years back but for the life of me, I remember nothing of the film other than a lot of rain. Not sure why but at the time of viewing, it simply didn’t appeal to me though over the years, it has repeatedly come up in conversation and I’ve been meaning to catch up with it to see what I had blotted out of my mind. It looks like the time for the revisit may be coming sooner rather than later.

The folks at Horror Movies have news that a new version of the film is on the horizon and will be released on August 26th. Included in the two disc edition will be:

  • DELETED SCENES: Watch over 40 minutes of additional footage from the film.
  • MAKING OF BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF: THE GUTS OF THE BEAST: Explore the creation of the movie from its unlikely genesis to the breathtaking fight scenes and daring digital effects.
  • DOCUMENTARY: Go on-location with the cast and crew as they deal with everything from fight choreography to costume decisions and weather challenges.
  • THE LEGEND: Uncover the chilling historical facts behind the legend of the vicious Gévaudan Beast.
  • STORYBOARDS: See extensive storyboard galleries from some of the film’s most memorable scenes.
  • THEATRICAL TRAILER: Watch the theatrical trailer from the film.

To sweeten the pot, Amazon has the DVD listed at the low price of $19.98 or $16.99 for pre-orders.

Just for fun, I’ve tucked the trailer under the seat!

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