WYSHW: The Poughkeepsie Tapes

I’m sure many of you, or at least those who avidly scour the web (okay, so the majority of you), have come across this gif and discovered the source of this perplexing horror show.  For those who still have yet to see the film, may I introduce to you one of the most horrifying serial killers ever brought to the indie screen – for the sake of this installment, I will call him “Master.”  That’s right, he doesn’t even have an official name.

To be honest, I’ve never seen a horror film quite like The Poughkeepsie Tapes.  It’s confessions of a serial killer presented via third-party documentary.  And it’s downright freaky.  You know how when every other horror film comes out, the tagline or quote on the poster or DVD case is “don’t watch it alone?”  Clearly whoever has been putting that on there has never seen this movie.  Believe me, the fact that this is a fake documentary later came as comfort.  The saddest part is, the film had a limited release back in 2007, and according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, as of now a DVD release-date is still not available – on top of that it’s been removed from YouTube.

…And theatrical. He’s very theatrical.

I don’t know what’s up with this corporate foolishness, but this movie needs to be unleashed.

As mentioned, it’s a horror film unlike any other, with an original villain to boot.  Master is patient, methodical, and all those nasty things in between. I can’t even conjure a basis of comparison – the best I can do is the sadism of Hannibal Lector meets Jigsaw’s planning and coordination.

If you love a good horror film – one that makes double-check your doors and windows but still provides an intelligent story – The Poughkeepsie Tapes is an absolute must.

Next time on WYSHW, a zombie survival comedy that isn’t Shaun of the Dead.  In the meantime, I have to hit the matinee.  It’s been a while.

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Posted on May 28, 2012, in Feature, What You Should Have Watched and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I tried to watch this, but… I don’t know. It just looked like more pain than I cared to see.

    • I’m playing devil’s advocate, but it’s less torture porny than most main stream movies.

      • I guess that Prisoners would mark the limit of my endurance for torture porn – or just plain torture.
        I do have another working definition of cinema torture but that’s related to the proportion of film length to story depth and quality, so it’s probably not applicable to this film.
        On another film entirely, Nikki, was it you who told me about Take Shelter with Michael Shannon? That was one I enjoyed completely, even when it was scaring hell out of me.

      • That wasn’t me, but I’m definitely adding it to the list!

      • That list! You can write your next thesis on that list. ‘Films recommended to me by Gregoryno6.’
        Well, guess what. There is one more to add.
        An Australian film from the late 1970s: In Search of Anna.

        I thought this movie had been forgotten but there’s now a dvd available. Quality isn’t all it could be, according to one review, but I expect the storytelling will more than compensate.

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