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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

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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Samantha
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Leonard Schway
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Felton Lewis
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Alice Endrisart
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Simon Alray
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Jane Gerber
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Sandra Willets
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Victoria 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 | See all certifications »

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30 January 2009 (Venezuela)  »

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As fitas de Poughkeepsie  »

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Trivia

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. It wasn't until 2017 that Scream Factory (thanks to their sub-licensing deal with MGM) that the film was finally released on DVD and Blu-ray October 10th 2017. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Cheryl Dempsey: What's happening? Where am I?
Cheryl Dempsey: Stay away from me! Stay away! Why are you doing this to me? Please, don't hurt me! Please, don't hurt me! I'll do anything you want!
Ed: I know you will.
Cheryl Dempsey: Please don't hurt me!
Ed: SHUT UP! What is your name?
Cheryl Dempsey: Cheryl Dempsey.
Ed: WRONG! Your name... is slave. What is your name?
Cheryl Dempsey: Cheryl.
Ed: YOUR NAME... IS SLAAAAVE! What is your name?
Cheryl Dempsey: My name is slave!
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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 The Collector (1965) See more »

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This movie has a lot more creative juice than I was expecting...
5 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on the trailer for THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES I thought I was going to hate this movie – not because it looked disturbing but because it looked really lame. Truth is – it is a little lame, BUT the movie has a lot more creative juice than I was expecting and ultimately I found myself enjoying it. Similar to J.T. Petty's S&MAN or Remy Belvaux & Andre Bonzel's MAN BITES DOG, THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES is a pseudo documentary about a serial killer. While S&MAN and MAN BITES DOG are superior films, THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES excels due to its strict adherence to/understanding of the documentary format. Personally I didn't find the film as disturbing or horrific as I assume it was trying to be, however it did contain enough well thought out moments to convince me that the writer and director had done their horror homework (in particular a very William Castle "esque" sound bite/moment toward the film's finale). 2 little notes: the first 15 minutes are kind of slow so give the movie time AND I don't see this as a "theater" movie (I saw a DVD screener). THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES feels like a small screen movie. Have a few beers and toss it on during a late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.


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