In a movie release seven years in the making, John Erick Dowdle’s The Poughkeepsie Tapes is finally going public... though the release is just about as mysterious as the film itself. In 2007, the found footage-style horror film, featuring scenes found on over 800 tapes in a (fictional) serial killer's house, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to generally positive reviews.
And then.... nothing.
The movie pretty much disappeared until now, though versions were available on the Internet if you looked hard enough. Now, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is available via DirectTV VOD, but the interesting thing is no one seems to be claiming responsibility for the film's sudden availability. Is this all marketing hype to increase the film's mystique? Is it really horror film's version of the white whale? Right now, we don't know for sure. But if you are a DirectTV subscriber, you have the ability to find out!
Directors John and Drew Dowdle have also directed Devil, Quarantine, and the upcoming As Above, So Below, so these guys have some horror credentials. But just how well The Poughkeepsie Tapes does on VOD is yet to be seen.