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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

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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 ... 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
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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 »


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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:

The Poughkeepsie Tapes 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 »

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Ed: POP IT!
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Good directing altogether but falling short in the characters
23 May 2010 | by deslegumesSee all my reviews

Although this in essence is a truly scary horror movie which will undoubtedly scare happy teens for years to come, the characters in it are sadly - despite very good acting skills on some parts - largely unrealistic in the way they are portrayed. It became a bit annoying in the end, because they were all acting in that particular way, indicating that this perhaps was just a directing mistake - or I speculate it could also be that it was done intentionally to "take the edge off" and make the movie a bit "less" frightening actually (though unlikely).

My issue is that there is a bit "too much" acting; people who have been involved in cases like these, be it up close or just a reporter, tend to speak about them in a detached, matter-of-fact way. This is both natural and helpful, and is probably a kind of defense-measure on part of the human psyche. The officers, forensic investigators, family and so on are often here showing the "theatre" syndrome, exaggerating both voices and body language.

Maybe I'm just boring, analytical and interested in details, but don't forget - every good police officer or forensic detective probably are as well :-P

If you don't care or saw the movie and didn't notice anything unnatural, then good for you - you got your moneys worth :)

For a comparison in what I mean, take a look at *any* episode of *any* true crime investigation, e.g. Crime Investigation Australia.


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