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30 January 2009 (Venezuela) See more »
The Terror is Real See more »
In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stacy Chbosky ... Cheryl Dempsey

Ben Messmer ... Ed

Samantha Robson ... Samantha

Ivar Brogger ... Leonard Schway

Lou George ... Felton Lewis

Amy Lyndon ... Alice Endrisart

Michael Lawson ... Simon Alray

Ron Harper ... Mike Moakes
Kim Kenny ... Pam Frears
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Iris Bahr ... Psychiatrist

Scott Beehner ... Jason Ribling
Adarsha Benjamin ... Victim 2
Kelli Bielema ... Jane Gerber

Linda Bisesti ... Sandra Willets
Lisa Black ... Victoria Dempsey
Marissa Blanchard ... Girl Scout 1
Bill Bookston ... James Foley
William Bookston ... James Foley
Oto Brezina ... Dr. Farhad Mansourian

Jules Bruff ... Blinker

Paul Buxton ... Walter Kunkler

Todd Cahoon ... Ted Bundy

Blaire Chandler ... Cynthia Gorman

Larry Clarke ... Edgar Cummings

Donna Cooper ... Prostitute 2

Bruce Cronander ... Harvey Scroggs

Meredith Cross ... Jeanette Anderson

Henry Dittman ... Frank Anderson
Bobby Eskandari ... Dr. Arnold Montufar (as Bobby Alexander)

Dennis Garber ... Joseph Danvers

Chip Godwin ... Hank Foley
Jennifer Griswold ... Jennifer Griswold

David Haack ... Tim Surrey
Tom Hauser ... News Anchor

Keisuke Hoashi ... Dai Loung

Sean Huze ... Hector Gomez (scenes deleted)

Michael Hyland ... Profiling Student 1 (as Mike Hyland)
David James ... Tim Surrey

Ceciley Jenkins ... Traci Looner
Zale Kessler ... Frederick Miller

Morgan Lariah ... Profiling Student 2

Fiona Lincke ... Reporter

Bobbi Sue Luther ... Josephine
Truly Magyar ... Susan Edermyer

Sierra Marcoux ... Jennifer Gorman
James Mathers ... Bernard Golinko
Paulah May ... Investigator
Leah McLean ... News Anchor
Tracy Miller ... TV Reporter

Naveen ... Dr. Arjay Vintopeej
Philip Newby ... Irwin Griffard (as Phil Newby)

Bruno Oliver ... Joel Gorman

Steven M. Porter ... Albert Cromley

Adrian Roberts ... Warden
Brad Satin ... Himself

Brooke Sikkema ... Girl Scout 2

Heather Snell ... Jennifer Henshaw
Joann Socrates ... Victim #1

Erin Stutland ... Victim 1
Beth Tapper ... Karen Tyler
David Wilcox ... Jacob Polinski

Mark McClain Wilson ... Mark Rongitch

Directed by
John Erick Dowdle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Drew Dowdle  story
John Erick Dowdle 

Produced by
Ward Barnett .... executive producer
Stephen Chbosky .... executive producer
Drew Dowdle .... executive producer
Drew Dowdle .... producer
Mitchel Dumlao .... associate producer
George Michael Kostuch .... associate producer (as George M. Kostuch)
Patrick Lussier .... executive producer
Michael Zoumas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Keefus Ciancia 
Cinematography by
Shawn Dufraine 
Film Editing by
John Erick Dowdle 
Elliot Greenberg 
Production Design by
Alethea Root 
Art Direction by
Andrew Gormley 
Costume Design by
Annie Bloom 
Makeup Department
Steve Costanza .... key makeup artist
Tyler Dolph .... special makeup effects lab technician
Bria Dorsen .... assistant makeup artist
Shauneen Saebsar .... assistant makeup artist
Yvonne Wang .... additional makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dustin Cole Blackburn .... second assistant director
Adam Lawson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ryan Dowdle .... art department intern
Kim Hogue .... assistant property master
Nikolai Loveikis .... set dresser
Michael Monahan .... props
Ryanah Peterson .... set dresser
S. Todd Whitaker .... leadman
Meredith Riley Worden .... property master (as Meredith Riley)
Sound Department
Sara Evans .... additional location sound mixer (as Sara Glaser)
Lora Hirschberg .... Sound Editorial Space Provided by: Bison Bison
Brendan Pollitz .... boom operator
Brandon Proctor .... Sound Re-recording Mixer
Brandon Proctor .... supervising sound editor
Marcus Ricaud .... sound mixer
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer (as Frank Aglieri-Rinella)
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound recordist (as Ron Roumas)
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Sean Kinney .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Cochran .... electrician
Justin Duval .... gaffer
Philip Eastvold .... electrician
Kristen Eccker .... second assistant camera
Owen Foye .... best boy
Patrick McGraw .... second assistant camera
Don Presley .... first assistant camera
Nickolaus Swedlund .... electrician
Animation Department
Kelly McNutt .... animator
Eddie Ulrich .... animation supervisor
Casting Department
Dustin Cole Blackburn .... additional casting
Editorial Department
Philip Beckner .... on-line editor
Matt Blackshear .... on-line editor (as Matthew Blackshear)
Michael Cioni .... digital intermediate post supervisor
Chris Jacobson .... colorist
Devin C. Lussier .... assistant editor
Paul Rehder .... on-line editor
Ryan Vega .... on-line editor
Ian Vertovec .... digital intermediate colorist
Leroy Wolf .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Rudy Chung .... music supervisor
Jade Vincent .... singer: additional vocals
Other crew
Gabriel Copeland .... key set production assistant
Brett Haley .... production assistant
Joey Presley .... production assistant
Erin Tambellini .... script supervisor
Lauren Wagner .... production coordinator

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Rated R for sadistic violence and torture, including terror and graphic descriptions
86 min
Mexico:C (TV rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Peeping Tom (1960)See more »


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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Terrifyingly terrifying, 2 June 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

I've been seeking a resource to watch The Poughkeepsie Tapes since I saw the original trailer in 2008. After that, no word was ever spoken about the film again. I heard of no release, no screenings, and no mainstream DVD. What happened? As of today, at least to me, it's all still a mystery. Finally, I have seen the film in its entirety, and I hesitate not to label it one of the creepiest faux documentaries I have yet to see.

Found footage films are a dime a dozen, with already several released this year alone. They are an easy way to make a buck; shoot a film for no more than roughly five million dollars, and wind up making an explosive profit. It's as easy as that. Very few bring such motivation, confidence, and shining capabilities to screen, but The Poughkeepsie Tapes pleasingly differentiates itself from just another fake piece of work in the sea. Many found footage pictures today occupy a certain cinematic quality about them. Some of them, like the extraordinarily underwhelming Paranormal Activity 3, feel a tad too polished, and because of the extreme popularity of the franchise, seem to have taken a much more Hollywood route. The Poughkeepsie Tapes doesn't do that, and always remains in the field of campiness and believability.

It centers around the humble town of Poughkeepsie, New York, where, after police raid a house in the city, a stash of over eight-hundred VHS tapes of grisly murders committed by a sadistic man behind the camera are found. They are greatly detailed, even with static in the background and color and audio distortion personifying such an effective state of realism that I am without words. I've raved about cinematography and atmosphere in films many, many times before, but here, it is beyond haunting. A work of photography and directorial skill of immense levels.

We are presented with interviews of FBI officials, psychologists, police offers, victims' parents, and more. Every so often, the clips are punctuated by a videotape itself, showing one of the killers' acts of torment or assault. I was hauntingly reminded of August Underground, a dirty, degrading picture that showed two nameless characters running around going on a sick and unjustifiable murdering spree. The Poughkeepsie Tapes occupies more than just mindless snuff, but depth, efficient backstory, and impeccable detail in its photography, execution, and realism.

Some of his first tapes show him praying on the innocuous and the vulnerable. One of those is Jennifer Gorman, an eight year old girl playing in her front yard with her dolls, who is beaten over the head and abducted by the killer. As time goes on, his killings expand to acts that had to have required planning, strategy, along with a touch of crazy. One of the victims we closely identify with goes by the name of Cheryl Dempsey, a teenage girl whom he kidnaps one night while she is alone with her boyfriend. She is abused sexually and physically, being kept in his basement, as well as being referred to as "slave," which he continuously hammers into her head as her new name.

As the film progresses, things become deeper, more intriguing, and inevitably, more and more consuming. Images and sequences increasingly become exceptionally haunting, some of them for some people could be scaring, and many are some of the finest work in the genre from the last decade. John Erik Dowdle has effectively created a brilliant horror gem, one of keen timing and direction, and one of style and detail that doesn't rely solely on loud, abrupt musical chords and cheap exploitative jump scares. It sets itself up to be an involving piece for those seeking one, and allows itself to be discussed long after the credits finish rolling. Stay after if you're interested in seeing one more terrifying shot.

NOTE: For those interested in seeing the film in its entirety, the full film has been posted on Youtube in one convenient part, Starring: Bobbi Sue Luther, Samantha Robson, Ivar Brogger, and Iris Bahr. Directed by: John Erik Dowdle.

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