The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2006)

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The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2006)

Guy Cooley moves to an old farm in Princeton with his wife Jeanne Cooley and their two daughters, Molly and Lucy, to build eight windmills to generate clean power to the city. He was hired by the local Samantha Porter, who owns with her relative Jonas Dodd the lands in the woods where the facility will be built. The Cooley family has a cold reception in town, and while voting for the approval of the project, the old woman Gretchen Caswell votes against the construction with many followers and mentions the historic importance of the spot and the name of Martha. Jeanne researches and discloses that two hundred and fifty years ago, a girl called Lucy Keyes got lost in the woods and in spite of the efforts of her mother Martha Keyes and the locals, she was never found. When the ghost of Martha comes to the fields around their property calling for Lucy, Jeanne realizes that the legend is true and that there are many hidden secrets in that location.
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Creators
Director John Stimpson
Writer John Stimpson
Information
Release Date2006-02-03
Runtime1h 33min
GenreDrama, Thriller
Content RatingR (R)
Awards
CompanyMoody Independent, Intellectual Properties Worldwide (I)
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Jeanne Cooley
Samantha Porter
Sheila Travers
Gretchen Caswell
Chief Kemper
Deputy Officer
Charley Broderick
Charley Broderick
Bob Greenwood (as Charlie Broderick)
Martha Keyes

The Legend of Lucy Keyes

The Legend of Lucy Keyes is a 2006 suspense mystery film directed and written by John Stimpson, and starring Julie Delpy, Justin Theroux and Brooke Adams. The film premiered at the 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival.


Summary

After losing their youngest daughter Anna (Madeline O'Brian), Guy Cooley (Justin Theroux) moves to an old farm in Princeton with his wife Jeanne Cooley (Julie Delpy) and their two daughters, Molly and Lucy to build eight windmills to generate clean power to the city. He was hired by a local named Samantha Porter (Brooke Adams), who, with her relative Jonas Dodd (Mark Boone Junior), owns the lands in the woods where the facility will be built. The Cooley family experiences a cold reception in town, and while voting for the approval of the project, an old woman named Gretchen Caswell (Jamie Donnelly) votes against the construction (along with several other people) and mentions the historic importance of the spot and the name of Martha. Jeanne researches and discovers that two hundred and fifty years ago, a girl called Lucy Keyes got lost in the woods and in spite of the efforts of her mother Martha Keyes and the locals, she was never found. When the ghost of Martha comes to the fields around their property calling for Lucy, Jeanne realizes that the legend is true and that there are many hidden secrets in that location. The mom found out that Lucy died and her body was in the woods. Now that they're all dead, people say that they can still hear the mom calling for Lucy. Jeanne's Lucy snoops around the neighborhood because she sees Lucy Keyes and wants to help her. She almost ends up like Lucy Keyes when she helps Jeanne discover the true story of how Lucy Keyes disappeared.


Cast

  • Julie Delpy as Jeanne Cooley
  • Justin Theroux as Guy Cooley
  • Brooke Adams as Samantha Porter
  • Mark Boone Jr. as Jonas Dodd
  • Jamie Donnelly as Gretchen Caswell
  • Michele Greene as Sheila Travers
  • Cassidy Hinkle as Lucy Cooley
  • Kathleen Regan as Molly Cooley
  • Tom Kemp as Bill Kemper
  • Ken Cheeseman as Bud Travers
  • Anna Friedman as Lucy Keyes
  • Rachel Harker as Martha Keyes
  • David Ian as Eli Farnum
  • Charlie Broderick as Bob Greenwood
  • Jillian Wheeler as Anna Keyes
  • Madeline O'Brien as Anna Cooley
  • Sarah Newhouse as Mary Sawyer
  • Elizabeth Duff as Librarian
  • Frank T. Wells as Mechanic
  • Bates Wilder as Deputy Officer
  • Jim Spencer as Native American

Production

John Stinson moved to Princeton, Massachusetts and learned about the legend of Lucy Keyes. Lucy Keyes disappeared from the Wachusett woods on April 14, 1755. To this day nobody knows what happened to her. The legend spurred Stinson to write and direct a film based on the events.


Reception

Variety said of the film "Mild scares rustle the autumnal mood of 'The Legend of Lucy Keyes,' a modest New England psychological horror tale that could easily be dubbed 'Amityville Jr.'"