Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)


Year: 2007
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Stacy Chbosky (Cheryl Dempsey)
Country: United States
Language: English (English Subtitles)
Official Release: 01:17:36
Rough Cut: 01:24:10
Genres: Sexual-Violence against Women, Snuff, Serial Killers, BDSM, Captivity-Kidnapping, Mystery, Necrophilia, Old-Young, Torture

About the Two Cuts:
The Rough Cut was shown at a few screenings in 2007 but the official release is how the Director wanted the movie to be seen. This release took over 10 years due to some issues with MGM.

The two cuts have small differences wrt the editing and extra/missing footage. The Rough Cut is longer by about 7 minutes, and apart from one murder scene which is longer here, the extra runtime is mostly distributed across stuff the agents and others talk with a second or two here and there from the tapes.

Our suggestion is to watch the Official Release first, so you get an understanding of the events and then if you feel, watch the Rough Cut as the sound is bad and subs are unavailable.

Plot – Spoilers:
The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a documentary about a fictional serial killer who stalked the city of Poughkeepsie. He is the master race serial killer as he is able to turn all investigative profiling methods on their heads and confound the police for years.

Interviews with FBI agents, family members of victims and others involved with the cases are deftly intercut with snuff takes from tapes recovered at the killer’s home. These tapes run into 2400 hours of footage and contain scenes of prepping, abductions, torture and killings.

A central figure in the docu is victim Cheryl Dempsey, a college girl, and much of the movie is a leadup to understanding what became of her.

Random: There’s a little hidden scene if you sit through the credits.

4 thoughts on “Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

  • April 1, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Better then I thought would be. Not as shocking as I expected.

  • July 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Very enjoyable film.
    I liked the psychological torture element.
    Reminded me of Henry: Portrait.
    The B-grade actors make it work really well.
    Could definitely see myself as a Master one day….

  • March 26, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Is this movie or its scenes real ???

  • April 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    A favorite of mine. The brain-breaking captivity stuff is gruesome and the Andersen’s at the beginning are my favorite movie kill period.


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