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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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Cheryl Dempsey
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Felton Lewis
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Simon Alray
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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 last thing his victims saw... was his camera. See more »


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Rated R for sadistic violence and torture, including terror and graphic descriptions

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30 January 2009 (Venezuela)  »

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As fitas de Poughkeepsie  »

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Despite the film having been completed and its theatrical trailer attached to several widely-released horror films in 2007, the film never received an official theatrical, DVD, or Blu-ray release. No official explanation was given as to why it was pulled from a theatrical/home-media release at the time. Its first official release didn't occur until seven years later in July 2014, when it became available as a "Video on Demand" title through DirecTV. See more »

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Incredibly well written and very disturbing
4 October 2010 | by (Tobaccoville, North Carolina) – See 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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