The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Director: John Erick Dowdle

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. This film was made in 2007 and has never seen the light of day on DVD and some don’t know if it ever will. It was uploaded on Youtube for a bit and that’s where I seen it before it was removed..Hope I can’t be sued for that.

One good thing about this film is it didn’t just go the normal route of trying to come across as being legit. It goes the route of being a documentary, which seems to more times than not help when trying to pass something like this off as real. We see interviews from experts, FBI, family of the victims and others. It all is well acted and drives home the overall effect. And in a move that really helps with things, the the killer’s footage is shot on a normal cheaper camera. That’s ten times better than a “found footage” film where everyone is running around with HD cameras.

Of course for all the hype that was surrounding it, I did find it a little weak and lacking when it came to violence. The most shocking thing is scenes involving kids, but to it’s credit that stuff is off camera when it gets to the “bad” parts there. Still, you have a much more genuine style of film making that could probably shock more than a few and trick them into believing what they are watching is real. Will it ever hit DVD? I’m sure it will some day. But the longer that is held off, the bigger the legend of this film will grow. That MAY be what they are going for.

(7/10)