The Poughkeepsie Tapes Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 32188

Average Rating: 1.8/4

# of Ratings: 8

Theatrical Release Date: 01/02/2009

Language: English

Genre: Horror

MPAA Rating: R

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Actors: Ben Messmer, Stacy Chbosky, Samantha Robson, Ivar Brogger, Lou George, Michael Lawson

Plot: Mysterious tapes are found in an abandoned house. They include torture and dismemberment. It appears that serial killer documents his entire killing spree on tape with nothing left except for the tapes. Shot in documentary style.

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/25/2020

The only saving grace in this film is Stacy Chbosky, who does exceptional as the killer's main victim. Shot in a pseudo-documentary style (with over-the-top interviews of people like FBI agents and police officers) interspersed with grainy home-video footage ala Blair Witch Project, it makes your skin crawl for sure but never gets as edgy as it thinks it is. If you want a truly unnerving experience, check out Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer instead.

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kept putting it off...I wish I still was.

Drive-In Massacre - wrote on 07/17/2011

Okay, think about a 14-15 year old Saw/Hostel fan who got a hold of his parents camcorder and tried to make a serious horror-movie with absolutely no concept on how to make one. Now, think about a true-crime, Errol Morris rip-off documentary, with poorly staged interviews. Finally, put those two movies together in an extrutiatingly boring 80-mintes...this is how you get the 'controversial' and mysterious unreleased, 2007 film, The Poughkeepsie Tapes.

Directed by John Erick Dowdle, who also directed the 'REC' remake, Quarentine and the M. Night Shyamalan produced thriller, Devil (yeah, great track record this guy has) I had heard about this movie for years and meant to give it a viewing well over 2 and 1/2 years go, but I kept putting it off...I wish I still was. The Poughkeepsie …

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movieMagic - wrote on 2008-12-30 09:02

I am not seeing this one show up on showtimes yet.  IMDB has it rated high so far though.

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Alex - wrote on 2008-12-23 22:55

Coming to theaters Jan 2nd, which is a friday.  About time!

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