Hey, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is Out – Here’s Where to Find It

The_Poughkeepsie_Tapes_poster_20111212_7457550687Here’s a day I thought would never come: The Poughkeepsie Tapes has quietly found its way onto VOD. Currently, I’m seeing it listed on DIRECTV, but check your local VOD service to see if it has reached your provider as well.

The film has been sitting on the shelf for years thanks to MGM. It was originally expected to open in theaters in 2007. That was when the studio released an official trailer and issued the poster you see here into theaters everywhere, but then MGM pulled the plug on those distribution plans and allowed the film to wait…until it could release the film this week on VOD with little to no fanfare (thanks for the heads-up, studio!).

I can’t blame the studio for doing this: The film has sadly been torrented to death and bootlegs have hit the convention circuit everywhere.

This was the film that put the Dowdle brothers – John and Drew – on the genre map and got them the Quarantine directing gig. This August will see the release of their latest horror film As Above, So Below.

About The Poughkeepsie Tapes:

In 2001, police in Poughkeepsie New York made a shocking discovery ten bodies buried in the backyard of a residential house. Astonishingly, that was only the beginning. Inside the home, police uncovered over 800 neatly organized videotapes detailing the exploits of one man’s decade-long crime spree. The most disturbing part of the find, was that the killer had filmed all of the footage himself from his first moments stalking his victims to their last seconds alive.

“The Poughkeepsie Tapes” examines the homicides – incorporating interviews from criminal experts, testimony from the only victim ever rescued alive, and chilling footage shot from the killer’s own camera. All of which document the twisted path of a serial killer as never before.Beginning in 1988, a wave of missing person reports and unsolved murders from New York to Pennsylvania, began to alarm law enforcement officials. Many of the strange disappearances and dead victims held similarities. Soon the authorities realized they were dealing with a serial killer. The hunt to identify and capture the killer was layered with troubling facts and haunting events, eventually ending at the house where the tapes were found. Unfortunately, the discovery left more questions than answers. Did the killer leave the tapes intentionally? Do the tapes hold hidden clues? Is he still active?This film dares to show what has never been presented to the public before the evidence, the puzzle, and the footage of “The Poughkeepsie Tapes.”

Big thanks to Scott Weinberg for giving me the heads-up about this!


  • Jay Pletz

    heard about this a while ago, i want to see it.

  • Jason Scarpelli

    Saw this back in 2007, it sucked lol

  • footnotegirl

    Oh god, worst movie ever.

  • John Maddening

    It was really not very good at all. The showing that we saw, people were laughing at it (not with it).

  • Dibal

    I agree with the other comments. It’s certainly not very good but, considering what does get a release these days, I think it too is deserving of one. When it is I’ll purchase it to give it a little support. Not good but not terrible either. The poor quality screener that exists on the torrent sites? The film will probably benefit from it as it’s the only real word of mouth that it has had.

  • ryan larsen

    trash movie

  • MadCows

    I must be the only one that likes this movie. Maybe a Blu-ray release soon?

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  • Dr. Decker

    saw this a few years ago. not much good there. way over-hyped. fake documentary with very bad acting. creepy/perverted pathologist/doctor guy is laughably eye-rolling lame. final victim interview head scratch is the best thing in the flick. lol.

  • mrelectriccity

    this movie would’ve never made it to theaters if it did would be a complete and utter fail at the box office cause of the way it was shot looks to low budget and poor acting, sure a slim few low budget films to succeed in theaters like Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity 1, both were made for less than 20K and profited millions but even they was done better than this. just dont have the it factor that a mass of people would wanna go and see in theaters. but the movie is already on youtube for free

  • Iedric

    Saw this a while ago. I quite liked it.