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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.

Director:

John Erick Dowdle

Writers:

Drew Dowdle (story), John Erick Dowdle
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Michael Lawson ... Simon Alray
Ron Harper ... Mike Moakes
Kim Kenny Kim Kenny ... Pam Frears
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Bahr ... Psychiatrist
Scott Beehner ... Jason Ribling
Adarsha Benjamin Adarsha Benjamin ... Victim 2
Kelli Bielema Kelli Bielema ... Jane Gerber
Linda Bisesti ... Sandra Willets
Lisa Black Lisa Black ... Victoria Dempsey
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Storyline

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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Rated R for sadistic violence and torture, including terror and graphic descriptions | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

As fitas de Poughkeepsie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color
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Shot in 15 days. 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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Ed: [to the two girl guides who are selling cookies door-to-door] yeah, there are lots of weirdos out there... but I'm a policeman...
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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 is a gem.

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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