The Poughkeepsie Tapes

The Poughkeepsie Tapes ★★★★½

I don't know what you want me to say.

I see a lot of people dragging this film for its low production quality and for being "unrealistic," which I really don't understand. I watch a lot of horror films and I have to say that The Poughkeepsie Tapes is one of the most genuinely disturbing ones I've seen in a really long time. It pulls off true crime documentary so well that at times it was very hard for me to convince myself that it wasn't real. The lo-fi aesthetic and chromatic shifts of the killer's tapes bring a horrifying authenticity to them, even though they're less graphic than a lot of the torture porn that's been saturating the market for the last decade. This film delves into the depths of human darkness in a way that succeeds in genuinely unnerving the audience. Maybe it takes a certain level of desensitization to cinematic violence to really appreciate The Poughkeepsie Tapes, but the impact that it left on me was profound and I believe that this film should be essential viewing for any true fan of horror.

You are my master and it pleases me to serve you.

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