Killer Legends

Synopsis: Four timeless urban legends continue to haunt the psyche of the American public. This documentary follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they investigate the true crimes that may have spawned these urban legends, while exploring how these myths evolved and why we continue to believe. The documentary probes the following legends: The Candyman: The film travels viewers to Houston, Texas, to explore the legend of tainted candy that strikes fear in parents every Halloween. Though the legend is prolific, in actuality there is only one documented case of a child dying from tainted candy: 8-year-old Timothy O'Bryan. Timothy was poisoned on Halloween by a real life monster who used the legend to hide his crime, earning him the nickname, The Candyman. The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs: As the legend goes, a babysitter tormented by a twisted caller, learns that the sadistic calls are coming from inside the house. While the babysitter has become the go-to victim in so many of our
Director(s): Joshua Zeman
Production: Breaking Glass Pictures
86 min

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( Mellow music )

Joshua zeman:

Every town has its legends.

Every neighborhood

has its boogeymen...

A killer with a hook

for a hand...

A drifter

who snatches children...

The witch who lives

in the woods.

Ours growing up in

staten island was cropsey,

about an escaped mental patient

who lived in these buildings

who would snatch children

off the street.

This urban legend turned real

when five neighborhood children

went missing.

It was these disappearances

that led us to examine

the real crimes behind

the cropsey urban legend.

of an arm and a leg sticking

out from a shallow grave.

And what we

discovered was a connection

to an institution

with a shocking history.

This is what it looked like,

but how can I tell you

about the way it smelled.

It smelled of filth,

it smelled of disease,

and it smelled of death.


the real story behind cropsey

inspired us to investigate

other urban legends

and the true crimes

that may have influenced them,

was a truth more horrific

than any fiction.

This is where

we thought that cropsey lived,

in these buildings here.

It's very easy

for an urban legend

to come out of

something like this.

Yeah, and we didn't

think anything of it

until kids started going missing

on staten island,

and then we were like,

cropsey is real.

But do you think

every urban legend

Yes, I think you have to have

some form of like truth

to gonna go off of.

There's a lot of

other urban legends

in a lot of other communities

that have some form of truth

behind them.

And what's interesting

is all these communities

have all these places.

Rachel mills:

Well, every kid is lured to

or fascinated by the old house

at the end of the block.

These are the stories

that fuel your nightmares,

and these are the places

that fuel your nightmares.


So why are you here tonight?

People who died here

are supposed to be the ghosts.

in the woods here?

- Oh yeah, I do, I do.

Somebody said they were doing

freaky experiments

and crap like that.

Why do we believe

these urban legends?

Maybe we need to believe

because the reality is too much

for some of us to bear.

An old legend that actually

happened this time...

- Many more cases

of contaminated treats...

Female voice:

I know she suffered, a lot.

Voice on tape:

He pulled a knife

and tied me up

with electrical tape.

And so instead,

we created our own monsters.

News reporter 1:

36-year-old building contractor

who reportedly dressed

like a clown...

News reporter 2:

At least three young boys

buried under his house.

the truth is more terrifying

than we could ever imagine.

- I got seven down

and ( Indistinct ).

Seven down!

I've got a child victim...

I need rescue.

For Rachel and me,

this is an attempt

to uncover the source

of our nightmares

as we pull back the curtains

on what it is we all fear...

because urban legends,

as scary as they may be,

are really just warnings for

something much more dangerous...

the reality that may have

started it all.

The hook is one of the oldest

and also one of the scariest

urban legends.

A teenage couple

are making out in their car

while parked at a lover's Lane.

As the two are

about to go all the way,

the radio interrupts them.

has escaped

from the local insane asylum.

The frightened girl

demands to go home

as the frustrated boy

guns the engine.

Later, as the boyfriend

goes to open his date's door,

he sees dangling

from the door handle,

the maniac's bloody hook,

ripped from the socket.

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