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The Poughkeepsie Tapes; Patchogue New York

Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
Produced by Drew Dowdle
Written by John Erick Dowdle
Drew Dowdle
Starring Bobbi Sue Luther
Samantha Robson
Ivar Brogger
Music by Keefus Ciancia
Cinematography Shawn Dufraine
Editing by John Erick Dowdle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a mockumentary horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and stars Bobbi Sue Luther, Samantha Robson and Ivar Brogger.



In this documentary thriller, when police raid a house in the suburbs north of New York City, they discover a profoundly disturbing record of one man's ugly crimes. Investigators find over 800 videotapes shot by the killer which present a visual record of his murders in all their horrifying details. Both state and federal law enforcement teams sift through the gruesome images, looking for clues of the slayer's identity, the identity of his victims, and where he could possibly have gone. But repeated viewings of the material reveals little beyond the terrible facts of the crimes, and as the authorities comb through the madman's images, they find the tapes have had a disquieting effect on them.


  • Stacy Chbosky as Cheryl Dempsey
  • Ben Messmer as Ed
  • Samantha Robson as Samantha
  • Ivar Brogger as Leonard Schway
  • Lou George as Felton Lewis
  • Amy Lyndon as Alice Endrisart
  • Michael Lawson as Simon Alray
  • Ron Harper as Mike Moakes
  • Kim Kenny as Pam Frears
  • Iris Bahr as Psychiatrist
  • Scott Beehner as Jason Ribling
  • Adarsha Benjamin as Victim 2
  • Kelli Bielema as Jane Gerber
  • Linda Bisesti as Sandra Willets
  • Lisa Black as Victoria Dempsey
  • Marissa Blanchard as Girl Scout 1
  • William "Bill" Bookston as James Foley
  • Oto Brezina as Dr. Farhad Mansourian
  • Jules Bruff as Blinker
  • Paul Buxton as Walter Kunkler
  • Todd Cahoon as Ted Bundy
  • Blaire Chandler as Cynthia Gorman
  • Larry Clarke as Edgar Cummings
  • Donna Cooper as Prostitute 2
  • Bruce Cronander as Harvey Scroggs
  • Meredith Cross as Jeanette Anderson
  • Henry Dittman as Frank Anderson
  • Bobby Alexander Eskandari as Dr. Arnold Montufar
  • Dennis Garber as Joseph Danvers
  • Chip Godwin as Hank Foley
  • Jennifer Griswold as Jennifer Griswold
  • David Haack as Tim Surrey
  • Tom Hauser as News Anchor
  • Keisuke Hoashi as Dai Loung
  • Sean Huze as Hector Gomez
  • Michael Hyland as Profiling Student 1
  • David James as Tim Surrey
  • Ceciley Jenkins as Traci Looner
  • Zale Kessler as Frederick Miller
  • Morgan Lariah as Profiling Student 2
  • Fiona Lincke as Reporter
  • Bobbi Sue Luther as Josephine
  • Sierra Marcoux as Jennifer Gorman
  • James Mathers as Bernard Golinko
  • Paulah May as Investigator
  • Leah McLean as News Anchor
  • Tracy Miller as TV Reporter
  • Naveen as Dr. Arjay Vintopeej
  • Philip Newby as Irwin Griffard
  • Bruno Oliver as Joel Gorman
  • Steven M. Porter as Albert Cromley
  • Adrian Roberts as Warden
  • Brad Satin as Himself
  • Brooke Sikkema as Girl Scout 2
  • Heather Snell as Jennifer Henshaw
  • Joann Socrates as Victim #1
  • Erin Stutland as Victim 1
  • Beth Tapper as Karen Tyler
  • David Wilcox as Jacob Polinski
  • Mark McClain Wilson as Mark Rongitch

Critical response

The film was Rated R by the MPAA for sadistic violence and torture, including terror and graphic descriptions.[1]


The film has some similarities to the crimes of Poughkeepsie serial killer Kendall Francois, who was convicted of 8 murders; he did not film the deaths. However, the director of The Poughkeepsie Tapes stated that he had never heard of Francois until weeks after the film was completed.


The film was originally scheduled for release on February 8, 2007, as seen on Myspace page of the Movie[2], but was delayed in January 2008 for an unknown reason.[3]


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