By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Ten years ago, John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle’s documentary-style shocker THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was picked up by MGM…and then went into limbo despite posters and other promotion for a theatrical release. Now it’s finally set to emerge on disc, and the details have been announced; read on for those and the cover art.
Shout! Factory will issue THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES as a Scream Factory Blu-ray/DVD combo on October 10. John Erick directed, Drew produced and the two scripted the movie (which led them to subsequent films like DEVIL, QUARANTINE and AS ABOVE, SO BELOW); it will be presented at 1.85:1 on the discs, accompanied by new interviews with the brothers and actress Stacy Chbosky and the theatrical trailer. The synopsis: “Throughout the 1990s, a serial killer terrorized upstate New York. After a decade-long crime spree conducted largely under the radar of law enforcement, the killer left behind the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives had even seen—hundreds of homemade videotapes that chronicled the stalking, abduction, murder and disposal of his victims. THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES examines these horrific tapes at length: what they reveal about the killer, why they were made and how FBI profilers have used them to better understand violent, psychopathic behavior. THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES combines interviews surrounding the devastating impact of the ‘Water Street Butcher,’ with shocking footage from the tapes themselves.”
Retail price is $29.99, but you can pre-order it from the Shout! website for $23.99 and get it shipped two weeks early.