The Pougkeepsie Tapes. (2007) Written and Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. This particular movie was released in 2007 and has yet to distributed on DVD, nor is it on Netflix or youtube. Such a shame, because this movie is one that sends chills up and down your spine and although, it’s not a perfect movie, it just stays in your head for days. First off, it’s a mockumentary, so you already know there is going to be quite a bit of uneven amateur camera action to make it more “believable”. But it’s truly not bad. It didn’t give me a headache like Blair Witch did, or make me nauseous like Cloverfield did.
The Premise: In the 1990s, a serial killer terrorizes upstate New York. He taunts the police with his crimes and always manages to stay one step ahead. He even manages to frame an officer for his crimes. If nothing else, the killer’s cleverness and obviously very well-thought out crimes makes him an enthralling character. He leaves the polices over 800 tapes of his crimes with disturbing, creepy footage. He kidnaps a teenager, Cheryl, and makes her his “slave”, eventually making her take part in his crimes. Despite all those tapes, the police are no closer to catching the killer. Okay, okay, enough with the spoilers.
This movie isn’t for everyone, some may find it disconcerting to watch the torture and murder scenes, but for others, like me, it’s not over-the-top, but just the right blend of creepiness and the macabre to keep me watching. This film has cult classic all over it.