Director – Joshua Zeman (Cropsey)
Starring – Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills (American Pickers)
Release Date – 2014
Rating – 4/5
Tagline – “Be careful where the truth may lead…”
Writing reviews for horror and sci-fi flicks is usually pretty straight forward. 99 percent of the films I review are for your typical film but that other one percent is the random documentary. Most of the time the documentaries I review are the random alien conspiracy flick that is sent to me from time to time. These are the documentaries I honestly don’t care that much about. On the other hand I do sometimes get the entertaining cryptozoological documentary that I do find interesting.
Rarely do I get the chance to review a documentary centered around serial killers and urban legends. However, that time has finally come with the documentary Killer Legends. This is a documentary I recently learned about through an email and I had to see it. I reached out and was lucky enough to receive a link to an online screener.
**Spoiler Alert**This well written documentary explores four urban legends and the real life causes of them. The first urban legend,The Hookman, explores the popular legend of an escaped mental patient or convict that has a hook for a hand. He then stalks unsuspecting teens who are parked in their car trying to get a little action. The teens get spooked and drive away only to discover a hook stuck to the door with a bloody nub still attached.
The second myth revolves around the candyman made popular by the film adapted from the work of Clive Barker. This is the urban legend of a trick or treater dying from eating poisoned candy picked up during Halloween. The third is an in depth look at the babysitter murders that has been the plot of several horror movies for the last 40 years. This story is one about a babysitter who received a harassing phone call only to learn the calls are coming from inside the home. Finally, the fourth urban legend is that of killer clowns and the famous serial killer John Wayne Gacy and his alter-ego Pogo. **Spoiler Alert**
Documentaries are films that hold so much power. In fact, most documentaries can be even more powerful than a typical film. These types of films can be overflowing with knowledge about a topic you may know nothing about. Killer Legends takes several popular urban legends and instead of going into full detail on the popular legends, the documentary actually traces back to the instances that created this myth. The research and information for this documentary is unparalleled.
The team behind this one really has a passion about the subject matter and it showed. The documentary is also a true example of hard work and it shows. The topic discussed in this one is one of interest and then the topics are looked at in a different light almost making them seem new. Finally, the documentary and information is pieced together perfectly. Each topic is discussed fully and flawlessly moves on to the next one. Overall, Killer Legends is one hell of a film. It is insightful and well put together. I highly recommend this one!