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  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes
    • The Poughkeepsie Tapes
    • Runtime:86 min
    • Release Date:2017-01-24 14:25:41
    • Director: John Erick Dowdle
    • Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller
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MOVIE REVIEW:The Poughkeepsie Tapes


Rather than a cheesy rip off or mindless moronic gorefest this film
takes a terrifying concept and gives it a body. The effects are
slightly low budget and but very powerful when combined with the
psychological effects of the story. Without going into detail,
somethings are slightly off and open small holes or just seem pointless
altogether. But they are few and far between. "Ed" the Killer is
portrayed very well as a psychopath with sociopathic tendencies.

The torture videos themselves are not nearly as disturbing as the
underlying theme that someone could actually do this. A real breath of
fresh air in a genre that seems to be nothing more than retreads of the
same garbage. The blood is minimal and the film relies on the tone to
frighten and disturb the viewers. It really is a shame that this film
didn't make mainstream.


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

If you sat through The Blair Witch, bored out of your skull as three
young film-makers traipse around the countryside hoping to make us all
scared and you watched in terror as, in the final few minutes at the
old house when everything hits the fan… you're in for a treat.

This movie is like those last few minutes – the whole way through! Okay
so some of the acting is a bit rubbish. I maybe recognised two or three
people from other things. All in all, it is a credible documentary
style offering although, what passes for 'real life' acting is a little
above theatrical ham for a few of the cast.

No matter, this is a genuinely creepy film. You have to keep reminding
yourself that it is only a movie as some of the scenes are quite
realistic thanks in part to the shaky hand-held camera footage and what
your brain 'fills in' off camera. It's 'mock snuff' but well done 'mock

The subject matter is disturbing as the age range of the victims is

Claimed as the first part of a trilogy, I would definitely want to
catch the follow ups but only if they were of the same gritty quality
and the acting (for a few) was more realistic. The documentary
'experts' were filmed particularly well.

A lot of thought, time and effort has gone into the making of this
movie and you will be rewarded if you watch it all the way through.

One of the most disturbing images is of one of the victims, late on in
the movie. You might be left 'scratching your head' wondering how they
did that.

If you think it will be like Scream or Evil Dead, you will not be
happy. It's more of a 'FBI Files' or 'Real CSI' type of movie.

I would say that a bigger budget would allow for some ultra-realistic
prosthetic body parts to push the scare-o-meter to the limits.

Be afraid but keep telling yourself, "It's only a movie!" Damn Fine

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