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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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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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This is a gem.
6 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm so incredibly tired of the sequel-slash-remake factory of Hollywood horror. This film is a very welcome change.

I've heard some criticism of the performances, and I cannot concur. The lead actress who portrayed Cheryl Dempsey did a really wonderful job. The slight unevenness adds to the realistic feel of the film. Without giving anything away, I must say that the true horror is not to be found within the videotaped torture. As brutal and horrific as that is, the real frightening stuff lies in the aftermath.

The writer & director Brothers Dowdle were present at the Tribeca screening which I attended along with two of the actors. The brief Q & A after the film was thoroughly enjoyable. Envisioned as the first part of a trilogy, this is not to be missed by fans of the serial killer genre. I'm looking forward to the next installment.


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Why was this movie buried? boinnng
I didn't love it, but the 2 main criticisms of the film are idiotic. freidrich
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