I first saw Cropsey as a virginal Fantastic Fest attendee last September. I knew nothing of the film beyond its basic premise, and was sold primarily on the poster. This tends to happen with me, and the resulting hype I built up for myself for no legitimate reason often leads to disappointment. You ever see Grace? Great poster, nay, amazing poster, and indeed one of the best of the year! Crappy film. But I digress. The poster for Cropsey features an abandoned, broken down brick building shrouded by the gnarled branches of an old forest. Placed above it is the simple tagline "the truth is terrifying," the stark simplicity of which became evident after Cropsey's short 84 minute running time is over.

About a month or two later, I received the opportunity to interview directors Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio about their film when it screened at the Denver Film Festival. While the interview was a success, the recording was not. The old, beat up tape recorder I borrowed failed to adequately capture the interview through the cacophony that filled the room, and the small room we were in did little to drown it out. Despite this little snafu (it was my first interview and thus a huge disappointment for me), the filmmakers were gracious enough to give me the chance to introduce the film during its special engagement run at the Denver Film Center this past weekend.

For the first screening, nine of the eleven curious fans in the audience were those I invited. This quelled my severe stage fright a bit, so while I was disappointed in the meager turnout, I was also slightly grateful. The turnout the following Tuesday, however, was much better, with about twenty-five or so people showing up, none of which knew the answer to the trivia questions I posed for some free posters. Despite it all, it was a great feeling seeing it on the big screen once again, making me both long for Fantastic Fest and rekindle my appreciation for this standout film I saw based solely on a poster.

categories Reviews, Horror