History Film / ThePoughkeepsieTapes

16th Mar '18 6:10:50 PM Stellarvore
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* {{Dehumanization}}: Similar to [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Buffalo Bill]], the killer acknowledges his victims as "it" to strip them of their individuality and as such, not feel any shame for what he does to them.


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* ItIsDehumanizing: Similar to [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Buffalo Bill]], the killer occasionally acknowledges his victims as "it" to strip them of their individuality and as such, not feel any shame for what he does to them.
25th Feb '18 12:20:05 PM Stellarvore
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* AmbiguousDisorder: It's never really made clear what exactly is wrong with the killer. He displays traits of psychopathy and narcissism, but is implied to have the capacity for remorse, and as such, goes out of his way to distance himself from the reality of his murders by employing theatricality in his tapes. He also deliberately invokes this to confuse the public into thinking his killings are unrelated.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: It's never really made clear what exactly is wrong with the killer. He displays traits of psychopathy psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and narcissism, but is implied to have the capacity for remorse, and as such, goes out of his way to distance himself from the reality of his murders by employing theatricality in his tapes. He also deliberately invokes this to confuse the public into thinking his killings are unrelated.



* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Carver, realizing that he's getting too much heat for his crimes, starts exclusively killing prostitutes to make the public believe that they're safe. During this time frame, when the public is still searching for his new persona, he frames a cop for his tenure as the Water Street Butcher, believing he would receive the death penalty for his murders (which he does). As such, he's able to commit at least one of his "regular" murders undetected by law enforcement and then slip away.]]



** It's shown also during the baloon sequence. Despite not being on-screen his voice says all (POP IT !!)

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** It's shown also during the baloon balloon sequence. Despite not being on-screen his voice says all (POP IT !!)



** It also has some similarities to Leonard Lake and Charles 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 Charles Ng, who would take there their victims to a secluded compound, torture them, and record it on a video camera.




24th Sep '17 1:12:33 PM Stellarvore
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* AmbiguousDisorder: It's never really made clear what exactly is wrong with the killer. He displays traits of psychopathy and narcissism, but is implied to have the capacity for remorse, and as such, goes out of his way to distance himself from the reality of his murders by employing theatricality in his tapes.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: It's never really made clear what exactly is wrong with the killer. He displays traits of psychopathy and narcissism, but is implied to have the capacity for remorse, and as such, goes out of his way to distance himself from the reality of his murders by employing theatricality in his tapes. He also deliberately invokes this to confuse the public into thinking his killings are unrelated.



* {{Dehumanization}}: Similar to [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Buffalo Bill]], the killer acknowledges his victims as "it" to strip them of their individuality and as such, not feel any shame for what he does to them.



* LargeHam: The Water Street Butcher has a flair for the theatrical and tends to wear a beaked Carnival mask with a ruffed cape. There's also the [[MemeticMutation infamous]] manner in which he kills the English woman--he creeps up on her on all fours (actually using his feet as opposed to his knees for maximum effect) despite nobody being able to see but the camera, then slowly lances her through the neck.

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* LargeHam: The Water Street Butcher has a flair for the theatrical and tends to wear a beaked Carnival mask with a ruffed cape. There's also the [[MemeticMutation infamous]] manner in which he kills the English woman--he creeps up on her on all fours (actually using his feet as opposed to his knees for maximum effect) despite nobody being able to see but the camera, then slowly lances her through the neck. Justified because he uses it to dissociate himself from any guilt.
23rd Sep '17 3:20:28 PM Stellarvore
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* AmbiguousDisorder: It's never really made clear what exactly is wrong with the killer. He displays traits of psychopathy and narcissism, but is implied to have the capacity for remorse, and as such, goes out of his way to distance himself from the reality of his murders by employing theatricality in his tapes.
22nd Sep '17 2:01:44 PM Stellarvore
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:He gets away.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:He gets away.[[spoiler:Carver escapes justice, having successfully framed James Foley for his murders as the Water Street Butcher, and driving Cheryl to suicide.]]



* {{Frameup}}: The Water Street Butcher successfully frames a former cop, who ends up being executed.

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* {{Frameup}}: The Water Street Butcher successfully [[spoiler:successfully frames a former cop, who ends up being executed.]]



* SerialKiller: The Water Street Butcher.

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* SerialKiller: The Water Street Butcher.Butcher, [[spoiler:real name Edward Carver]].



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* SuddenlyShouting:SuddenlyShouting: This exchange.
22nd Sep '17 8:03:20 AM Stellarvore
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* AntiClimax: Around three-fourths of the way through the movie, the police claim that they've captured the killer. They're wrong.

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* AntiClimax: Around three-fourths of the way through the movie, the police claim that they've captured the killer. They're wrong. [[spoiler:They're wrong.]]



* MyBelovedSmother: According to Stacy Chbosky, Cheryl and her mother didn't get along, [[spoiler:even after her return home, where Victoria dressed her in church clothes and tied her hair in a French braid, since she couldn't.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The credits in the official release reveal that the killer's real name is [[spoiler:Edward Carver.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: In a tape the killer shows he started his "career" by killing an 8 years old girl. In another [[spoiler: he attempted to kill two little girls scout only to be stopped by Cheryl's screams.]]

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: Footage from the Dempsey's home movies show a young, more carefree Cheryl long before her abduction.
* WouldHurtAChild: In a tape the killer shows he started his "career" by killing an 8 years year old girl. In another [[spoiler: he attempted to kill two little girls scout only to be stopped by Cheryl's screams.]]
20th Sep '17 7:25:27 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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The film was made during 2008 but never got a theatrical release, though a rough-cut of the film has been leaked online and is screened at film festivals. It would eventually get a home video release from Creator/ShoutFactory, being released on Blu-Ray and DVD under their Scream Factory label.

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The film was made during 2008 but never got a theatrical release, though a rough-cut of the film has been leaked online and is screened at film festivals. It would eventually get After years of being in limbo, it finally saw a home video release from Creator/ShoutFactory, Creator/ShoutFactory in October 2017, being released on Blu-Ray and DVD under their Scream Factory label.
6th Jul '17 3:49:50 PM Chris
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The film was made during 2008 but has yet to be officially finished or released. Though a rough-cut of the film has been leaked online and is screened at film festivals.

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The film was made during 2008 but has yet to be officially finished or released. Though never got a theatrical release, though a rough-cut of the film has been leaked online and is screened at film festivals.
festivals. It would eventually get a home video release from Creator/ShoutFactory, being released on Blu-Ray and DVD under their Scream Factory label.
28th Mar '17 7:37:55 PM Mikeyfan93
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