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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 ... Edward Carver

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 Glaser .... additional location sound mixer
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

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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. 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 »
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 »
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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
disturbing lost flick, 7 September 2015
Author: trashgang from Midian

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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