The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
From the filmmakers that brought you “Quarantine” and “As Above, So Below” comes a descent into the twisted crimes of a perverse killer! Throughout the 1990s, a serial killer terrorized upstate New York. After a decade-long crime spree conducted under the radar of law enforcement, the killer left behind the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives had ever seen – hundreds of homemade videos that chronicled his crimes! Directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Stacy Chbosky.
After a decade-long crime spree conducted under the radar of law enforcement, a killer left behind the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives had ever seen – hundreds of homemade videos that chronicled his crimes!
Cast: Amy Lyndon, Ben Messmer, Ivar Brogger, Kim Kenny, Lou George
It's a decent movie that is a little frustrating at times. The experts build the killer up as this almost mystical, mythical figure - in a way that isn't very realistic to what law enforcement would typically do. It feels as if the movie is trying to convince the viewer that the killer is much more impressive than what is actually paid off in the film. And less important to the quality of the film, my biggest gripe is that it perpetuates the misconception that you can only file a missing person report 24 hours after the person in question is missing. The case in the film was even more ridiculous because it was a child and there was reason to believe there had been foul play.
It was fine but I personally didn’t find it very scary.
Like many films that aspire to be known for their brutality, it manages to be neither clever nor even particularly brutal. Creating a truly disturbing film requires insight and intentionality, and this has neither. It's a shame that sometimes, a hard-to-find film is simply rare because it didn't deserve to be preserved.
Just as disturbing as "The Golden Glove".