In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.


John Erick Dowdle


Drew Dowdle (story), John Erick Dowdle
1,204 ( 90)





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 ... Aretha Creely
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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Shot in 15 days. See more »


In one newscast the TV news report says that there's another killing on the west side of the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie is only on the east side of the Hudson. See more »


Ed: Do you wanna see what the other side of the camera looks like...?
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Crazy Credits

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References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »

User Reviews

Not bad, tries it's best to feel realistic
29 March 2016 | by DogFilmCriticSee all my reviews

I saw this on TV, on of those nights were you just can't sleep and found this...let's not call it a hidden gem, but man it kept you on your seat.

This movie took a lot of effort and research, at times it actually felt like a real documentary, the acting was pretty good as well. You actually feel disturb in some scenes specially the ones with kids. As the FAQs says they made a lot or research on actual serial killers and their bizarre behavior with the victims, it's very shocking.

I don't understand why this movie is so "hidden" it's one of the few found footage (some of it) that's feels accurate to why it's tape the way it is. With a few plot holes involving a suspect,this movie is very gripping and shocking. I say give it a watch

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Release Date:

2 January 2009 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poughkeepsie Tapes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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