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Directed by John Erick Dowdle
Written by John Erick Dowdle
Starring Stacy Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson, Ivar Brogger, Lou George and Ron Harper

In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Mystery, Found footage
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

5 / 10
Pretty standard found footage schlock. There's a couple of uneasy scenes but overall the movie didn't do much to separate itself from the other cheap flicks from its subgenre. I also had a very difficult time believing the presentation of its interviews in the movie, especially those from people in the law enforcement or medical fields. It just didn't seem all that authentic to me so I couldn't even entertain playing along with what the movie was going for.

I watched it once, and that's enough for me. I won't need to watch this one again.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
While not amazing, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a decent found footage-type film, utilizing many different techniques, from footage to interviews, news reports, etc., in telling the story of a serial killer who has avoided capture for years. It's not particularly gory or that visceral, but it is a bit disturbing at times. I just don't know how memorable it really is.

There's no doubt some quite unforgettable scenes here, such as a creepy crawling the killer once did, or a second toward the end revealing the depths of the killer's brutality. Some of it is hard to watch, such as the ending in which a victim of the killer's was found alive but completely screwed up mentally, giving a rather heart-wrenching interview.

But is it memorable? Truthfully, I don't really think so. It's certainly engaging in the moment, but I don't think it has the staying power required of a found footage movie to be recalled that often, despite the decent plot and solid presentation.

For what it's worth, I would say that the film's probably worth seeing, but I've seen it twice now, and I've not really been particularly moved either time. It's not a bad movie by any stretch, but I just don't think it's great. But hey, maybe I'm off-base, and it's your type of thing, so take it and fly.
Other Found footage movies that you may enjoy

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Cloverfield (2008)

The Visit (2015)

Ghostwatch (1992)
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The Mist (2007)

Turn the River (2007)

End of the Line (2007)

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