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The Poughkeepsie Tapes
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
Produced by Drew Dowdle
Written by John Erick Dowdle
Drew Dowdle
Starring Stacy Chbosky
Ben Messmer
Samantha Robson
Ivar Brogger
Music by Keefus Ciancia
Cinematography Shawn Dufraine
Edited by John Eric Dowdle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
April 27, 2007 (Tribeca)
Running time
86 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a faux semidocumentary horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle. It is scheduled to have a theatrical release sometime in 2008.


A serial killer obsessively documents his career in carnage in this pseudo-documentary thriller. When police raid a house in upstate New York, they discover a profoundly disturbing record of one man's ugly crimes. A psychotic serial killer once called the house his home, and along with the implements of his grisly pastime, investigators find over 240 hours of videotape shot by the killer which present a visual record of his murders in all their horrifying details. Both state and federal law enforcement teams sift through the gruesome images, looking for clues of the slayer's identity, the identity of his victims, and where he could possibly have gone. But repeated viewings of the material reveals little beyond the terrible facts of the crimes, and as the authorities comb through the madman's images, they find the tapes have had a disquieting effect on them.



Most of the filming for The Poughkeepsie Tapes was done in upstate New York during late 2006. The film was directed by John Dowdle, and produced by Brothers Dowdle Productions. The brothers, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, cast Minneapolis-St. Paul station KSTP-TV news anchors in the film's news scenes.[1] The main protagonist is played by Stacy Chbosky, the director's wife.[2] Dowdle has said that the film's villain is based upon real serial killers including Ted Bundy, Ed Kemper, and Gary Ridgway.


The film was originally screened at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2007[3][4] The Poughkeepsie Tapes film was expected to release February 8,2008 but Bloody DIsgusting reported that it was delayed. As of yet the film has no official release date. The film has been rated R by the MPAA for "sadistic horror violence/gore, disturbing images, and descriptions."


  1. ^ "Poughkeepsie Tapes". December 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Ryan Stewart (May 12th 2007). "Tribeca Interview: John Dowdle, Director, The Poughkeepsie Tapes". Cinematical. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Tribeca interview with John Dowdle, director of The Poughkeepsie Tapes, May 12, 2007"
  4. ^ "2007 Tribeca Film Guide - The Poughkeepsie Tapes". Retrieved 2007-12-08.

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