Review: Killer Legends (2014)

Killer Legends is different than other films I have reviewed for Gores Truly. The movie is a documentary about many popular urban legends. The premise of the film features Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills attempting to figure out how these urban legends started. They research crimes that are similar to the tales they have selected (The Candyman, The Killer Clown, The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs, and The Hookman), then travel across the country to investigate how these real life horror stories could have been misconstrued to become the urban legends that we heard as children.

Their selection of urban legends is interesting. They have a fairly wide variety, from fairly plausible (the Candyman) to downright horrifying (the Killer Clown).  The presentation is also highly appealing. Zeman and Mills tell the scary story first and then present their reasoning for why the real case(s) they have dug up are representations or approximations of the urban legend they are discussing. They also explore the details of the cases, most of which are cold cases from decades past.

All in all, I liked the documentary. I think they tried a little too hard to sell the idea that the truth is more frightening than fiction. The narration was a little tiresome at some points due to that tendency towards redundancy. Fortunately the information, photographs, and interview footage that the filmmakers provided are substantial. I would definitely recommend the movie to anyone who enjoys crime documentaries and dramas. The horror fans who have a vested interest in movies based on urban legends (Candyman (1992), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), The Bunnyman Massacre (2014), etc) or urban legends themselves will be intrigued by the hypotheses presented in the movie that these real cases might have inspired the tales that are shared as fact around the world.


About Fox

Warning! In addition to suspense filled brain teasers Fox enjoys things that are terrible and knows it! She adores B movies and campy would-be thrillers that make most viewers groan. (Heckling is a favored pastime.) When she isn't seeking out spooky comedic gold or mind twisting plots, she can be found at her desk job, writing, or playing with tiny dogs. She's currently working on a horror anthology, details