March 12: Cropsey (#12)

I'm starting to realize that #DocuMarch is 85% dark, weird, creepy, and scary vs. 15% fun, light-hearted & funny. I apologize for that... but there's just more of them! So for day 12, we'll meet "The Boogeyman" of NYC known as Cropsey

The quotes on the movie poster say it all... it's got a heavy dose of The Blair Witch Project blended with pieces of Zodiac and maybe even a couple sprinkles of The Amityville Horror for good measure. One word describes it the best, though: Unsettling.

The name “Cropsey” has nebulous origins. At the time of the kidnappings depicted in the documentary, Cropsey had come to be another word for any psychotically violent criminal in New York. One of the detectives interviewed in the film suggests that this generic label was only used enough to frighten children.
— Wikipedia

THOUGHTS

I didn't expect much from Cropsey when a friend told me it was about "the boogeyman" of Staten Island who snatched up kids in the dark, but I was extremely surprised by how good it was once the film transitioned more into the story of Andre Rand, a convicted child kidnapper from Staten Island. 

Rotten Tomatoes has Cropsey at 90%, but the Netflix stars were much lower. I actually really enjoyed the doc, but I'm hugely intrigued by anything that involves old mental hospitals, brain experiments, or 'escaped' prisoners who are living in hiding on their own somewhere (i.e. Sasquatch, Bigfoot, etc). 

TL;DR 

The story of Cropsey and Andre Rand, Staten Island's boogeyman who kidnaps children in the night. 

4 of 5 Stars!