The Poughkeepsie Tapes Review
Written by: MistressOf Horror
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) Directed by John Erick Dowdle.
I had heard a few things about this being a disturbing yet great horror movie. I just knew I had to watch it and I am glad I did.
A 'found footage' film , yet a little different from others. This film set documentary-style. Sort of a FBI training film that divulges that the 'found footage' was obtained in a serial killer's home. We follow a time line of the FBI case set to footage of the films- said to be over 2000 hours of macabre material.
Without giving too much away this movie was quite chilling and jarring to watch. We basically see what the killer sees, from him hunting his first victim, to his traps he sets for trusting victims. In one scene he pretends to be a stranded motorist who accepts a ride from a couple. Explaining his camera as a documentary he is making of his trip. Very chilling to watch him filming his victims reactions as he goes from easy going stranger to insane killer.
I felt as though I was watching Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer and Silence of the Lambs--mixed together and flying on acid. Not to graphic compared to other films Ive seen , but very realistic and chilling. I appreciated the style of direction and this film left you with the unsettling thoughts that it could actually be true. ( although it isnt )
Truly a fascinating and creepy film. I highly recommend it.