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Horror | Mystery
Frame Rate:
23.976 (23976/1000) FPS
Run Time:
86 min
IMDB Rating:
6.1 / 10 
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Directors: John Erick Dowdle [Director] ,

Movie Description:
When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer's decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever seen.


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disturbing lost flick

Another found-footage flick that people said, you must see it and I tried to track it down, for years. When it came out it vanished from the planet like nothing, it never had a proper release or was seen in the theaters. Strange things went on with this flick and even up to today it doesn't have a proper release, only available on VOD. So I thought yeah well, this is going to be a terrible flick if it didn't has a release but God was I wrong.

Must say that I was warned that it was a disturbing flick and yes, it was. Always loved flicks about serial killers and this found footage is one with that theme. We do follow the cops trying to nail the killer and slowly we do see the video's the killer has left behind and it all starts so easy and low profile but towards the end it really get you by the throat. Even as it isn't that gory at all still the score used and the way it is filmed you will forget that you are watching a film. You are dragged into a documentary and into the sickness of a killer's mind.

As strange as The Poughkeepsie Tapes is it is a gem. It was made a good two years before the receding tide of found footage flicks out now. Due to budget concerns they may have pulled the plug on the promising film. This is all really speculation, for there was never any public statements about the decision to not distribute the film. MGM still owns the rights, and other studios have offered to buy it. The hole might be dug too deep now, the film is possibly no longer culturally relevant for a theatrical release, and the studio may be hiding in the underbrush, waiting to pounce it on an unsuspecting public. The fear that is may get lost in the already crowded sea of found footage trash to sift out of Hollywood. A second release date was scheduled for January 2, 2009 but that date too faded into memory. A must see.

Gore 1/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 4/5 Comedy 0/5

A chilling movie!

I watched this movie the other night and I was pleasantly surprised. The acting is was really good from the serial killer it was a very creepy performance. The acting from the rest of the crew was not that good but this movie is definitely worth a watch.

This movie is a found footage mockumentary. So the movie takes off with a bunch of interviews of police and FBI who found hundreds of tapes containing murders and torture.

This movie was actually better then I thought it would be. It was actually really creepy. The bad quality of the camera kind of annoyed me but it was good overall
I've been seeking a resource to watch The Poughkeepsie Tapes since Isaw the original trailer in 2008. After that, no word was ever spokenabout the film again. I heard of no release, no screenings, and nomainstream DVD. What happened? As of today, at least to me, it's allstill a mystery. Finally, I have seen the film in its entirety, and Ihesitate not to label it one of the creepiest faux documentaries I haveyet to see.

Found footage films are a dime a dozen, with already several releasedthis year alone. They are an easy way to make a buck; shoot a film forno more than roughly five million dollars, and wind up making anexplosive profit. It's as easy as that. Very few bring such motivation,confidence, and shining capabilities to screen, but The PoughkeepsieTapes pleasingly differentiates itself from just another fake piece ofwork in the sea. Many found footage pictures today occupy a certaincinematic quality about them. Some of them, like the extraordinarilyunderwhelming Paranormal Activity 3, feel a tad too polished, andbecause of the extreme popularity of the franchise, seem to have takena much more Hollywood route. The Poughkeepsie Tapes doesn't do that,and always remains in the field of campiness and believability.

It centers around the humble town of Poughkeepsie, New York, where,after police raid a house in the city, a stash of over eight-hundredVHS tapes of grisly murders committed by a sadistic man behind thecamera are found. They are greatly detailed, even with static in thebackground and color and audio distortion personifying such aneffective state of realism that I am without words. I've raved aboutcinematography and atmosphere in films many, many times before, buthere, it is beyond haunting. A work of photography and directorialskill of immense levels.

We are presented with interviews of FBI officials, psychologists,police offers, victims' parents, and more. Every so often, the clipsare punctuated by a videotape itself, showing one of the killers' actsof torment or assault. I was hauntingly reminded of August Underground,a dirty, degrading picture that showed two nameless characters runningaround going on a sick and unjustifiable murdering spree. ThePoughkeepsie Tapes occupies more than just mindless snuff, but depth,efficient backstory, and impeccable detail in its photography,execution, and realism.

Some of his first tapes show him praying on the innocuous and thevulnerable. One of those is Jennifer Gorman, an eight year old girlplaying in her front yard with her dolls, who is beaten over the headand abducted by the killer. As time goes on, his killings expand toacts that had to have required planning, strategy, along with a touchof crazy. One of the victims we closely identify with goes by the nameof Cheryl Dempsey, a teenage girl whom he kidnaps one night while sheis alone with her boyfriend. She is abused sexually and physically,being kept in his basement, as well as being referred to as "slave,"which he continuously hammers into her head as her new name.

As the film progresses, things become deeper, more intriguing, andinevitably, more and more consuming. Images and sequences increasinglybecome exceptionally haunting, some of them for some people could bescaring, and many are some of the finest work in the genre from thelast decade. John Erik Dowdle has effectively created a brillianthorror gem, one of keen timing and direction, and one of style anddetail that doesn't rely solely on loud, abrupt musical chords andcheap exploitative jump scares. It sets itself up to be an involvingpiece for those seeking one, and allows itself to be discussed longafter the credits finish rolling. Stay after if you're interested inseeing one more terrifying shot.

NOTE: For those interested in seeing the film in its entirety, the fullfilm has been posted on Youtube in one convenient part, Starring: Bobbi Sue Luther,Samantha Robson, Ivar Brogger, and Iris Bahr. Directed by: John ErikDowdle.
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