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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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Credited cast:
Leonard Schway
Felton Lewis
Alice Endrisart
Michael Lawson ...
Simon Alray
Mike Moakes
Kim Kenny ...
Pam Frears
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Ribling
Adarsha Benjamin ...
Victim 2
Kelli Bielema ...
Jane Gerber
Sandra Willets
Lisa Black ...


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 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2009 (Venezuela)  »

Also Known As:

As fitas de Poughkeepsie  »

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Shot in 15 days. See more »


When talking about a murder in Reading, Pennsylvania the female news reporter makes a reference to the town of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The reporter pronounces Lancaster as "LAN-CAST-er" but the town (at least this town in Pennsylvania)is properly pronounced as "LANK-aster." See more »


Girl Scout 1: [nervously] I wanna go...
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disturbing lost flick
7 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

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

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