Cropsey ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Cropsey documents the story of 5 missing children and the boogeyman responsible for striking fear into the hearts of Staten Islanders.

Part urban legend, part true crime, Cropsey is a fascinating documentary with a fittingly eerie score, well shot and researched with interviews and archival footage.

Filmakers Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman had the dubious honor of communicating with and seeing the real life Andre Rand, who worked at Willowbrook state school (subject of Geraldo Rivera's expose, The Last Great Disgrace.) Rand is allegedly behind the children's disappearances and the Cropsey legend. Whether Rand was guilty of kidnapping, murder, or occult activities, he is truly creepy. His wild eyes and the spittle dripping from his mouth upon arrest are enough to frighten anybody.

Though I found myself unsatisfied with the conclusion, it was very classy and interesting. I would certainly watch it again and I hope to see more from the filmakers.