The Poughkeepsie Tapes

  • 2007
  • R
  • 86min
  • 6.1 / 10

In Poughkeepsie, New York a murder investigator comes across one of the biggest finds of his career. In an abandoned house he comes across hundreds of videotapes showing the torture, murder, and dismemberment of a serial killer's decade long career.

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John Erick Dowdle was born on December 21, 1972. His is an American director and screenwriter who specializes in horror films. He often works with his brother Drew Dowdle as The Brothers Dowdle. Dowdle's first film released was fresh out of college was the 1996 film Full Moon Rising on which he wrote, produced and directed. His second film, The Dry Spell, was a production alongside his younger Brother Drew, who produced the film with John writing, directing and editing.

Together the two brothers have released Quarantine, Devil, As Above, So Below, and No Escape. The 2005 release The Dry Spell was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival. The two are said to be currently working on a movie or basic cable release about the questionable death of Dorothy Kilgallen, a newspaper columnist.


about the movie

The Poughkeepsie Tapes were first released in 2007. This film was a documentary-style horror film that was directed by John Eric Dowdle. The film was written by Drew Dowdle. The film starred Bobbi Sue Luther, Samantha Robson and Ivar Brogger. The film had a rather turbulent release. It was originally scheduled to be released by Metro Goldwyn Mayer in February of 2008 and was being advertised as such, but then was removed from their release schedule. In 2009 a DVD screener leaked the movie on the web. In 2014 the movie was briefly offered as a video on demand release via Direct TV. Finally, in July of 2017, there was an announcement that Scream Factory would be offering the film on Blue Ray and DVD by October of 2017.