The Poughkeepsie Tapes was originally released in 2007. Ten years later, it’s finally getting a DVD release date – thanks to Scream Factory.
The film – arguably one of the best presented faux-documentaries in the horror genre – has struggled to find distribution for a while. It was supposed to have a theatrical release thanks to MGM in February 2008, but it was regretfully pulled from the schedule.
There was a brief video-on-demand release in 2014, but as of October 2017, and for the first time ever, we will be able to take The Poughkeepsie Tapes home for good. Scream Factory will release the film on Bluray and DVD on October 10.
Directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine and As Above, So Below), this graphic and chilling film is presented as a documentary focused on a series of tapes discovered by the Poughkeepsie police department.
The footage – shot over 800 video tapes – shows the stalking, abduction, brutal torture, and murders of the various victims of the “Water Street Butcher”, filmed by the madman himself.
With fake news footage and “expert” interviews, it’s an extremely well put together mockumentary, echoing something you’d see on late night TV (or – now – as one of those episodic specials you see on Netflix). But much, much more graphic.
Extras and special features have yet to be announced at this time. If you can’t wait for the October 10 release date, you can pre-order directly from Shout Factory and it will ship two weeks earlier. Every little bit counts, right?
Check out the official trailer and the poster below. For more on The Poughkeepsie Tapes, check out our list of Killer Mockumentaries.