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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

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In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.

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John Erick Dowdle

Writers:

Drew Dowdle (story), John Erick Dowdle
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stacy Chbosky ... Cheryl Dempsey
Ben Messmer ... Edward Carver
Samantha Robson ... Samantha
Ivar Brogger ... Leonard Schway
Lou George ... Felton Lewis
Amy Lyndon ... Alice Endrisart
Michael Lawson Michael Lawson ... Simon Alray
Ron Harper ... Mike Moakes
Kim Kenny Kim Kenny ... Pam Frears
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Bahr ... Aretha Creely
Scott Beehner ... Jason Ribling
Kelli Bielema Kelli Bielema ... Jane Gerber
Linda Bisesti ... Sandra Willets
Lisa Black Lisa Black ... Victoria Dempsey
Marissa Blanchard Marissa Blanchard ... Girl Scout 1
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Storyline

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. Written by Tribeca Film Festival

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The Terror is Real See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sadistic violence and torture, including terror and graphic descriptions | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

As fitas de Poughkeepsie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Despite having been completed, and having had its theatrical trailer attached to several widely-released horror films in 2007, the film was eventually pulled from release without any official explanation. It was later given its first official limited release seven years later in 2014, when it became available as a "Video on Demand" title through DirecTV. The film was finally granted a DVD and Blu-Ray release through Shout Factory three years later in late 2017- ten full years after its initial planned release. See more »

Quotes

Ed: Do you wanna see what the other side of the camera looks like...?
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Instead of listing the actors and their respective characters, the credits only have a big "Featuring" section (in alphabetical order) with the names of both the actors and the characters they play. See more »

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References Nosferatu (1922) See more »

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Incredibly well written and very disturbing
4 October 2010 | by badassseth12See all my reviews

Rather than a cheesy rip off or mindless moronic gorefest this film takes a terrifying concept and gives it a body. The effects are slightly low budget and but very powerful when combined with the psychological effects of the story. Without going into detail, somethings are slightly off and open small holes or just seem pointless altogether. But they are few and far between. "Ed" the Killer is portrayed very well as a psychopath with sociopathic tendencies.

The torture videos themselves are not nearly as disturbing as the underlying theme that someone could actually do this. A real breath of fresh air in a genre that seems to be nothing more than retreads of the same garbage. The blood is minimal and the film relies on the tone to frighten and disturb the viewers. It really is a shame that this film didn't make mainstream.


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