Film #278: THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
3.5 out of 5 stars
Another rewatch. 3.5 stars really. An interesting & well-made ‘documentary’ which details the actions of a cunning & resourceful serial killer. While the acting is on the amateur side (with a few professional exceptions), the vision and strength of storytelling is admirable. There are more than a few moments of pure brilliance here, but sadly there are also an equal number of missteps as well (although, again, those are most on the acting side). A word of warning must be given though… there are some very disturbing things here (particularly those involving children). Not overly gory or bloody, there remains a distinct creepiness to the proceedings. One wonders how this got a short shrift both in distribution & in the press.