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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.

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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
Kelli Bielema Kelli Bielema ... Jane Gerber
Linda Bisesti ... Sandra Willets
Lisa Black Lisa Black ... Victoria Dempsey
Marissa Blanchard Marissa Blanchard ... Girl Scout 1
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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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The last thing his victims saw... was his camera. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

Quotes

Victoria Dempsey: ...I guess I realized that I didn't have as much hope as I thought.
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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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Referenced in The Ridges (2011) See more »

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This movie has a lot more creative juice than I was expecting...
5 May 2008 | by mickeyshamrockSee 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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