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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

Writers:

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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Storyline

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 Terror is Real See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sadistic violence and torture, including terror and graphic descriptions | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

As fitas de Poughkeepsie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color
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Despite having been completed, and having had its theatrical trailer attached to several widely-released horror films in 2007, the film was eventually pulled from release without any official explanation. It was later given its first official limited release seven years later in 2014, when it became available as a "Video on Demand" title through DirecTV. The film was finally granted a DVD and Blu-Ray release through Shout Factory three years later in late 2017- ten full years after its initial planned release. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl Dempsey: What's happening? Where am I?
Cheryl Dempsey: Stay away from me! Stay away! Why are you doing this to me? Please, don't hurt me! Please, don't hurt me! I'll do anything you want!
Ed: I know you will.
Cheryl Dempsey: Please don't hurt me!
Ed: SHUT UP! What is your name?
Cheryl Dempsey: Cheryl Dempsey.
Ed: WRONG! Your name... is slave. What is your name?
Cheryl Dempsey: Cheryl.
Ed: YOUR NAME... IS SLAAAAVE! What is your name?
Cheryl Dempsey: My name is slave!
[...]
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References Halloween (1978) See more »

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This is a gem.
6 May 2007 | by lolitaxxx7See all my reviews

I'm so incredibly tired of the sequel-slash-remake factory of Hollywood horror. This film is a very welcome change.

I've heard some criticism of the performances, and I cannot concur. The lead actress who portrayed Cheryl Dempsey did a really wonderful job. The slight unevenness adds to the realistic feel of the film. Without giving anything away, I must say that the true horror is not to be found within the videotaped torture. As brutal and horrific as that is, the real frightening stuff lies in the aftermath.

The writer & director Brothers Dowdle were present at the Tribeca screening which I attended along with two of the actors. The brief Q & A after the film was thoroughly enjoyable. Envisioned as the first part of a trilogy, this is not to be missed by fans of the serial killer genre. I'm looking forward to the next installment.


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