The Poughkeepsie Tapes

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"The Terror is Real"
  • R
  • 2007
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 6.0  (16,535)

This controversial found footage horror film centers on a small town outside New York. When police raid an abandoned home, they find over 800 videotapes that document the deeds of a deranged serial killer. Despite this documentation, the killer himself doesn't appear on the tapes, and investigators must examine the footage to determine his identity. The film takes the form of a documentary which follows investigators as they try to track down the killer. They look for clues in the tapes and interview people who might give them some insight into the crimes. Ultimately, however, the film is most interested in the content of the tapes themselves. They show fictional (yet brutally realistic) depictions of torture, killings, and mayhem. In the promotion for the film, the filmmaker implied that the film reflects actual events. It is possible that the implication was also that the tapes might depict actual non-fictional torture and murder. In fact, the film doesn't depict any single killer or any actual events. The violence depicted in the fictional found footage is not real. The filmmaker was said to be inspired by a number of serial killers. And the real serial killer Ted Bundy appears in a fictionalized supporting role in the movie. The movie's killer, though, is not modeled on a real criminal.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes
The Truth (Home Ent.)
The Truth (Home Ent.)

Clip - 2 min 21 sec

The Truth
The Truth

Clip - 2 min 17 sec

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Home Ent. Trailer)
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Home Ent. Trailer)

Trailer - 1 min 33 sec

The Hitchhiker (Home Ent.)
The Hitchhiker (Home Ent.)

Clip - 2 min 32 sec

The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker

Clip - 2 min 28 sec

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Clean Trailer)
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Clean Trailer)

Trailer - 1 min 28 sec

Description
This controversial found footage horror film centers on a small town outside New York. When police raid an abandoned home, they find over 800 videotapes that document the deeds of a deranged serial killer. Despite this documentation, the killer himself doesn't appear on the tapes, and investigators must examine the footage to determine his identity.

The film takes the form of a documentary which follows investigators as they try to track down the killer. They look for clues in the tapes and interview people who might give them some insight into the crimes.

Ultimately, however, the film is most interested in the content of the tapes themselves. They show fictional (yet brutally realistic) depictions of torture, killings, and mayhem. In the promotion for the film, the filmmaker implied that the film reflects actual events. It is possible that the implication was also that the tapes might depict actual non-fictional torture and murder.

In fact, the film doesn't depict any single killer or any actual events. The violence depicted in the fictional found footage is not real. The filmmaker was said to be inspired by a number of serial killers. And the real serial killer Ted Bundy appears in a fictionalized supporting role in the movie. The movie's killer, though, is not modeled on a real criminal.

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

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  • Release Date
    2007
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 26 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (16,535)