The Poughkeepsie Tapes

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"The Terror is Real"
  • R
  • 2007
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 6.0  (23,993)

The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a 2007 American horror film that follows the investigation of a serial killer who goes by the name of "The Water Street Butcher". The movie is presented in the form of a mockumentary, a combination of found footage and fictional interviews. The story begins with the discovery of thousands of video tapes in an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York. The tapes are eventually traced back to The Water Street Butcher, who videotaped his victims' torture, rape, and murder. The film shows some of the most shocking and gruesome moments taken from these tapes.

The mockumentary involves interviews with FBI agents, local law enforcement, psychologists, and the families of the victims. The interviews are intercut with footage from The Water Street Butcher's tapes, including his confession to the murders.

The film's primary focus is on the investigation into the killer's identity and motives. The FBI agents on the case are presented as determined professionals who are frustrated by the killer's ability to evade them. They express their belief that The Water Street Butcher is a highly intelligent individual who meticulously planned his crimes.

The mockumentary also explores the psychological impact that the killer's actions have had on the families of the victims. One interviewee, the father of a victim, discusses his frustration with the FBI's slow progress in the case and his fear that the killer could still be at large.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a disturbing and unsettling movie that delves into the darkest recesses of the human mind. It does not rely on cheap jump scares or gore to frighten its audience. Instead, it creates an atmosphere of dread and tension that builds throughout the film.

The movie's use of found footage adds to its authenticity and helps to immerse the viewer in the story. The tapes themselves are often grainy and poorly lit, which gives them a raw and unsettling quality.

The performances in The Poughkeepsie Tapes are convincing and realistic, particularly those of the FBI agents and the families of the victims. The actors playing the victims themselves are only shown briefly on the tapes, but their screams and cries of terror are haunting and chilling.

Overall, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a harrowing and disturbing movie that is not for the faint of heart. It is a masterfully crafted horror film that will leave its mark on anyone who watches it.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a 2007 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes
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    6.0  (23,993)