I had seen the viral video showing the woman tied to a chair being toyed with by a masked killer. Instantly, I knew the authenticity was not valid but my manager claimed that this was genuine footage (Yes. On YouTube). That was the last I heard about the film The Poughkeepsie Tapes until it finally leaked. I had been waiting too long to see this film. After hearing my manager's rants about how the Poughkeepsie killer terrified his community, I pushed his words aside. Thankfully so, as upon further inspection this entire film is a faux documentary depicting incredible loose events of a serial killer that murdered 8 women.
Apart from the hilarious lies & scandal I had been fed by an inane egomaniac, The Poughkeepsie Tapes fares up pretty well to other serial killer incarnates of the present. The intent to procure your attention with graphic over-edited imagery is a valiant effort on behalf of the creators of this alternate universe. The presented statistic of there being 30 active serial killers in America is curiously not as intimidating as the numbers should allow. I find that the country we live in is a relatively secure area, that is, until a personal incident allows for paranoia to seep in, blurring the illusion all the while.
The composition of this documentary is many interview scenes that appear "over budgeted" and often trash the build up of intensity. The other scenes are the reason why you'd be viewing this film in the first place; the sweet chocolaty center - the killer's tapes. From featuring brutal acts of dehumanization and a master & slave relationship that spirals into an absolutely depressing fictional case of Stockholm syndrome, these scenes don't disappoint but allow for the fluff of the film to stand out like a sore thumb alleviating any melodrama this film pursues.