History Film / ThePoughkeepsieTapes

5th Jan '17 4:35:43 PM Stellarvore
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* MoodWhiplash: "Ed" is prone to this. One minute, he'll be [[Main/SoftSpokenSadist speaking in a soft tone]] to his victims, but before you know it, he'll be SuddenlyShouting at them.
5th Jan '17 8:15:33 AM Stellarvore
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* OhCrap: A very dark and serious example. When the English woman sitting in the back of his car realizes who's driving, there's a long pause as you can see her silent realization in the dark.
5th Jan '17 8:10:50 AM Stellarvore
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* OhCrap: A very dark and serious example. When the English woman sitting in the back of his car realizes who's driving, there's a long pause as you can see her silent realization in the dark.

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* OhCrap: A very dark and serious example. When the English woman sitting in the back of his car realizes who's driving, there's a long pause NoKillLikeOverkill: Tim's death, as you can see her silent realization in the dark. described by Edgar Cummings.
5th Jan '17 8:05:07 AM Stellarvore
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* ChewingTheScenery: "Your name ... IS SLAAAAAVE!"


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* DisposableSexWorker: The killer starts targeting prostitutes to confuse the public.


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* MalevolentMaskedMan: The killer hides his face by wearing a creepy Venetian bird mask.


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* SerialKiller: The Water Street Butcher.


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* SnuffFilm: The eponymous tapes.


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* SuddenlyShouting:
-->'''Hooker:''' (starts bouncing on a balloon) Like this?\\
'''Killer:''' (calmly) Yes.\\
(the hooker continues bouncing on the balloon for a few seconds)\\
'''Killer:''' Now pop it.\\
'''Hooker:''' What?\\
'''Killer:''' [[Main/MoodWhiplash POP IT!]]
1st Mar '16 6:31:07 PM benda
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* StockholmSyndrome: Poor, poor Cheryl.

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* StockholmSyndrome: UpToEleven. Poor, poor Cheryl.
18th Oct '15 7:40:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* BodyHorror: Two of the Butcher's victims were a young married couple. The Butcher kidnapped both of them and decapitated the man before drugging the woman, performing a C-section on her, placing her husband's decapitated head in her womb, sowing her up and leaving her to die in a locked room with her husband's head inside her uterus.
18th Oct '15 7:04:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Right before getting kidnapped, Cheryl tells her friend on the phone that she feels like she's been being watched and that something bad is about to happen to her.
14th Dec '14 9:21:40 PM randomtroper89
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** It also has some similarities to Leonard Lake and Charlies Ng, who would take there victims to a secluded compound, torture them, and record it on a video camera.

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** It also has some similarities to Leonard Lake and Charlies Charles Ng, who would take there victims to a secluded compound, torture them, and record it on a video camera.
7th Dec '14 1:17:30 PM randomtroper89
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* InfantImmortality: Subverted to hell and back. The killer's murderous rampage begins when he kills a young girl by bashing her head in with the camera, and it gets worse from there.

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* InfantImmortality: InfantImmortality:
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Subverted to hell and back. The killer's murderous rampage begins when he kills a young girl by bashing her head in with the camera, and it gets worse from there.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The film is only available as a bootleg since MGM shelved the film due to their financial issues (a release date was planned for February 2008 and trailers had come out in November 2007). The bootleg is also from a rough cut of the film shown at festivals, as the directors never got to finish the final cut.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The story is similar to the crimes of real-life serial killers Roy Norris and Lawrence Bittaker, who, in the late '70s and early '80s, kidnapped five young women and sound-recorded the girls' screams while torturing them with a pair of pliers and a wire hanger.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory:
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The story is similar to the crimes of real-life serial killers Roy Norris and Lawrence Bittaker, who, in the late '70s and early '80s, kidnapped five young women and sound-recorded the girls' screams while torturing them with a pair of pliers and a wire hanger.hanger.
** It also has some similarities to Leonard Lake and Charlies Ng, who would take there victims to a secluded compound, torture them, and record it on a video camera.
16th Nov '14 5:41:58 AM Terrie
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* StylisticSuck: The efficacy of the horror is subjective, of course, but the film is absolutely awful as a documentary. While it manages to be rather convincing in looking like it was a made-for-TV documentary made in the early '90s, it's also very technically clumsy and oddly paced, with weird editing and transitions and lots of uneventful footage that could be trimmed. It's unclear how much of this was intentional; as noted above in KeepCirculatingTheTapes, the only available version of the movie is a rough cut, so the hypothetical final cut might've been better.
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