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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2009)





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In 2001, police in Poughkeepsie New York made a shocking discovery--10 bodies buried in the backyard of a residential house. Astonishingly, that was only the beginning. Inside the home, police uncovered over 800 neatly organized videotapes detailing the exploits of one man's decade-long crime spree. The most disturbing part of the find was that the killer had filmed all of the footage himself--from his first moments stalking his victims to their last seconds alive. "The Poughkeepsie Tapes" examines the homicides--incorporating interviews from criminal experts, testimony from the only victim ever rescued alive, and chilling footage shot from the killer's own camera--documenting the twisted path of a serial killer as never before. Beginning in 1988, a wave of missing person reports and unsolved murders from New York to Pennsylvania, began to alarm law enforcement officials. Many of the strange disappearances and dead victims held similarities. Soon the authorities realized they were dealing with a serial killer. The hunt to identify and capture the killer was layered with troubling facts and haunting events, eventually ending at the house where the tapes were found. Unfortunately, the discovery left more questions than answers. Did the killer leave the tapes intentionally? Do the tapes hold hidden clues? Is he still active? This film dares to show what has never been presented to the public before-the evidence, the puzzle, and the footage of "The Poughkeepsie Tapes."more
Rating: R (for sadistic violence and torture, including terror and graphic descriptions)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle, John Erik Dowdle
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All Critics (3)

The movie thinks too diminutively of human intelligence, even by horror film standards.

Full Review… | October 13, 2014

With every revelation that could give the Dowdles something to play with, they head right back into the basement, convinced audiences would rather watch close-ups of throat-slittings and teary yelps of pain.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014

it's the killer's bizarre motivations that truly terrify

Full Review… | May 12, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Poughkeepsie Tapes


As far as documentary, found footage horror films are concerned, The Poughkeepsie Tapes doesn't offer anything new. I found that this was a bit of a letdown. However I did somewhat enjoy it, but there's really nothing to add in the genre. This film is a collection of things we've seen time and time again, thus it becomes cliché after cliché. The material here is derivative from Blair Witch Project and there are plenty of opportunities to steer the film in a good direction, however it falls short. The film is decent, but is quite forgettable in the long run. Acting wise, there are no real standout performances and it's standard low-budget acting, so don't expect anything good with that as well. This film has the misfortune of having been made when found footage films started to be hit and miss. This is a decent little flick, but it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. The concept is good and it's a shame that they couldn't deliver a more solid film because of it. The ingredients were there, but it lacked something to truly make this one stand out in the genre. Overall, it's decent, but it's nothing original, thrilling or exciting. The directors clearly don't know how to create a tense, suspenseful horror film, and it leaves a lot to be desired from the final; product. A decent film, but nothing ever special, The Poughkeepsie Tapes could have been much better. Compared to other films in this genre, this one doesn't do anything to truly elevate the genre into new, unexplored territory.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

One of the best serial killer movies I have seen. Using the documentary style of film making to great effect, a chilling and at times horrifying look at a how this guy does what he does and gets away with it. So much better than so many crappy teen slasher movies.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

A literally crazy film about a sadistic serial killer. I understand it is a mockumentary, but the filming and visuals could have been better. The acting was also poor, not the greatest of films.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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