The Fear Monger: The Poughkeepsie Tapes Hits VOD And Ron Jeremy Hits The Jersey Shore
Good day, haberdashers of all things torso-less. Are you guys staying indoors this weekend, or are you daring to face the streets, where Frank Grillo and the paint-faced asshats from The Purge: Anarchy are on patrol? Of course, thereís always Planes: Fire and Rescue, which presumably has completely horrific scenes of talking cars on fire. That is, if they used my screenplay without telling me anything.
In smaller headline news, eOne has acquired the rights toCatch Fire (formerly Shreveport), a violent revenge thriller that will serve as lead actor Ryan Philippeís directorial debut. Lionsgateís paranormal thriller Jessabelle has a new pushed-back theatrical and VOD release date of November 7, just in time for Halloween candy sales. Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller told Bloody Disgusting that the next Friday the 13th isnít necessarily going to be found footage or 3D, but it might be if they ever find a script that works. Finally, the geniuses at DocTerror.com and Hacktivision came up with this faux NES trailer for video games based on the works of Italian horror master Lucio Fulci. Enjoy.
And now, a story that I never, ever, ever thought Iíd be writing.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes is Finally Out!Are you kidding me? The horror genre is full of quasi-urban legends and "what-if" projects, and those concepts both come together in John Erick Dowdleís 2007 thriller The Poughkeepsie Tapes: a found footage-ish film that started life with an acclaimed Tribeca Film Festival debut and then quietly went nowhere. MGM acquired it, but never put it out in theaters, and no one ever stepped in to give it the inevitable halfass DVD or VOD release treatment. In the past seven years, The Poughkeepsie Tapes has amassed a large cult following, thanks to rampant downloading of the film on torrent sites, but at long grainy-video last, it has finally been officially released!
Oddly enough, it isnít quite clear WHO released it, as itís currently available on DirecTVís VOD service; and an admittedly quick Google search didnít lead me to any other sites hosting the film. (As a DirecTV subscriber, Iím pretty jazzed.) The film centers on a massive collection of videotapes found by NYPD detectives, detailing a serial killerís decade-long murder spree. For my money, itís better than both of the John and Drew Dowdleís Quarantine and Devil, though their upcoming As Above, So Below looks extremely interesting. The Poughkeepsie Tapes may not live up to 7-year-long expectations, but itís still an enjoyably creepy ride into the life of a maniac, and itís actually out!
This article was first published on July 19, 2014 and was last updated on August 10, 2014.
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