“ Don't waste your time.
“ Engrossing and very disturbing.
“ In the end the ultimate point is, if you ARE interested in crime documentaries, why even bother with this fake contrived junk when you can watch the real thing in documentaries about real life killers?
“ It's boring.
“ So therefore, if you say it's a BAD movie because it's boring, then what the hell are you watching a mock documentary for in the first place??
“The premise of the film is certainly interesting:the police raids a home of suspect and finds it empty aside from boxes of VHS tapes.
“The film rolls on at a steady pace, mixing fake interviews made with poor actors with 'found footage' which, at times, is completely unwatchable due to film makers going OTT with the 'they were VHS tapes, man!
“ This getting 6 stars is a disgrace, and the audience is to blame here for thinking this turd-sandwich is enjoyable.
“ The almost comical fact of the matter is that when you closely examine serial killers on a personal level, they present themselves as plain and mundane, almost boring individuals most of the time, which in fact was what allowed a killer like Gary Ridgway to become THE most prolific American serial killer of all time, because though at many times he was a suspect, he was written off every single time because he seemed like such an average Joe, which by contrast the killer in THIS film was an extreme oddball.
“ Simply, if you find shows like "American Justice" or "Cold Case Files" boring or uninteresting, and enjoy pure gorefests and slasher flicks rather than real life crime, you will NOT like this movie.
“There were also quite a few dull moments and little to no plot development.
“Waste of time.
“ Maybe this guy tortured his victims, but probably his craftiest move was that he got to torture large audiences with this snooze fest.
“ Don't waste your time.
“ The documentary style aspect of the film was very entertaining in learning bits about the killer himself and how he disappeared and how the tapes were found, and then there were the tapes..crickey. The tapes are honestly just..ya, very very realistic, blurry and gruesomely scary, the acting is spot on from the victims in the tapes, aswell as the deranged killer who we although don't see much of.
“Although,@the same time,they can also end up being pretty much another carbon-copy type of thing,or to where its even just flat out predictable,etc.
“ Because of how devastating her story is, and because a lot is left to the imagination as to how her story progressed, the movie is actually worth watching for horror buffs.
“I would recommend that you don't waste your time watching this movie.
“ If you can get past the horrible acting and cliché dialog you will find this to be an interesting story.
“ Have professionals and other schmucks talk about the tapes, the motive of the killer and other boring crap.
“ If you sat through The Blair Witch, bored out of your skull as three young film-makers traipse around the countryside hoping to make us all scared and you watched in terror as, in the final few minutes at the old house when everything hits the fan...
“ Films with such low production values need to pile on the blood and gore or spine-tingling thrills to get any sort of reaction, but this is just mildly unpleasant and utterly pointless.
“ 2 little notes: the first 15 minutes are kind of slow so give the movie time AND I don't see this as a "theater" movie (I saw a DVD screener).
“ The use of the 'tapes' may have been for 'realism' but they are so poor in quality it makes much of the film unwatchable.
“) This is however a fairly minor gripe and I enjoyed the film and found it pretty engrossing.
“For fans of real true crime media, "The Poughkeepsie Tapes" proves an entertaining sort of simulation of the true crime documentary format that has only grown in popularity over the last decade.
“With The Poughkeepsie Tapes, the Dowdle's decided to go all out with what many could consider a more intense ID Channel special.
“ It was creepy and the entire time I was on the edge of my seat wondering just HOW they were going to catch someone who's pretty much made a perfect "persona" and perfected his way of killing.
“but ultimately pointless.
“ They also had some very contrived lines to say such as, "My wife watched half an hour of the tapes and she couldn't touch me for a year.
“ You may even be a little bored for a while.
“ This film goes to proof how a movie about killing, torturing and mutilating people in fact can be boring when there are no brains behind it.
“ The story and the main character are intriguing enough without all the blood and guts.
“ Very creepy and entertaining.
“ Completely Pointless .
“Overall, this movie would have been good for a college film project, but falls short of anything fantastic, or even mildly entertaining.
“ Sleep inducing drivel .
“ Don't Waste Your Money.
“ The brief Q & A after the film was thoroughly enjoyable.
“ I have to say, this was the biggest waste of my time in a movie I have seen.
“ These FBI agents in the film come off as actors who want to be noticed by exaggerating their parts and making their lines seem more poignant than that of how your typical dull federal agents would express themselves on camera, a place where they are not naturally comfortable being.
“ With a few plot holes involving a suspect,this movie is very gripping and shocking.
“ Without going into detail, somethings are slightly off and open small holes or just seem pointless altogether.
“ Not only is this a must-see for horror fans, this film is a testament to the fact that you do not need "A-list" actors, bloated budgets, or absurd amounts of computerized effects to make a compelling film.
“Slave is your name" too cliché in my opinion.
“ Has some very intense and awful moments that will deeply affect the uninitiated.
“ There was not a lot of blood and guts, or even scenes that showing violent acts with blood spurting or scenes of drawn out struggles or fighting.
“ There needs to be more to a film other than it just being scary, otherwise it just turns out dull, even though it did do scary very well.
“ There's no plot or character development, no twists and not even a real ending, it just plays out exactly in that way, only it is painfully stretched over 90 minutes.
“ Engrossing simulation of the "true crime" docu-format .
“As the film progresses, things become deeper, more intriguing, and inevitably, more and more consuming.
“ The plot line is unoriginal and VERY boring.
“It Honestly Troubled Me,I Had To Walk Out Of The Theater And Catch My Breath At One Point.
“ Don't waste your time with it.
“Otherwise I felt the acting was entertaining, especially the case officers and teacher whom were interesting, humorous and real.
“ However this movie was plagued by bad acting, poor character development, and generally uninteresting plot, making much of it painful to watch.
“ Her story also makes the serial killer in the story much more engrossing, since it gives a kind of unusual psychological depth to his character which is often missing in horror.
“ It's mind boggling how no one involved in making this film realized this horrible error they were making.
“ -Fascinating and believable performances by all involved, especially the killer himself.
“ After the movie my boyfriend and I talked for an hour or so about the most horrific parts, whether we thought it/parts were real, the truly sick nature of a human being like the killer was very intriguing.
“ I just found the film as a whole kind of pointless.
“ His killings are as cliché as can be, with his victims young women and such.
“ Don't get me wrong, though, it IS an entertaining film; and a lot of the video effects were interesting.
“ Another thing that is laughable is the use of 3 real life reporters- HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE acting and pointless.
“ One particular victim develops a love so fascinating for her captor that it makes us shudder at her unnerving desire to continue to please her "Master".