The Poughkeepsie Tapes

Movie • 2007 • Horror  

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When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer's decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever seen.
This movie contains 65 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
149 supporters
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M0USEB0NES
There are no animals in this movie
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Unanswered Triggers
Does someone lose their virginity?
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Abandonment
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KamiSteele
If it counts, the killer leaves his traumabonded captive behind along with the tapes. When she's interviewed, she's traumatized and still believes that he loves her despite his cruelty. She later dies from suicide, leaving a note declaring her love for her 'master.'
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probablyadalek
No, but there is a kidnapping.
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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M0USEB0NES
Sort of, one of the characters is very clearly suffering from stockholm syndrome
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Is someone stalked?
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masonisaaccccc
There is POV footage of a man stalking a 19-year-old girl
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masonisaaccccc
No, but [SPOILER] a victim that survives is interviewed and says how the killer loved her and that he will come back for her and didn't mean to leave her. Soon after she kills herself (only talked about) and in her note she confesses her undying love for her "master"
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KamiSteele
Most of the killer's victims are female, with the intent explicitly being sexually predatory. Most of the SA is either discussed or heavily implied, but it's a definite theme. The victim that gets the most focus is one that's been held captive for years, having developed an intense traumabond that results in her ending her life (not shown). Her corpse is later removed from her grave, with the implication being that the killer took her corpse to further violate.
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5
Yes
27
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4
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masonisaaccccc
Yes! There is gaslighting!
Someone says they told a girl that she was being paranoid for feeling watched and followed. Another scene in which a little girl asks what "that" (a victim screaming) was, the serial killer tells the her he just left the TV on in the basement.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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3
Is a child abused?
55 supporters
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34
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Seenit
Corpse of child implied under body blanket for crime scene pictures. An 8 year old’s kidnapping is shown, and it explains that he raped and murdered her, but off camera.
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Addiction
7
apostle
a character is drugged
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Is there addiction?
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13
Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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19
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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19
Are animals abused?
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18
Yes
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15
Is there a dead animal?
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14
Is an animal sad?
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3
Are rabbits harmed?
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3
Does a cat die?
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19
Does a pet die?
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5
Does a dragon die?
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15
Are there spiders?
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14
Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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3
Are there snakes?
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12
Are there sharks?
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3
Are there bugs?
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
12 supporters
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9
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1
probablyadalek
Yes, chloroform.
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Is there pedophilia?
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11
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0
Is someone held under water?
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Yes
10
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Is rape mentioned?
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9
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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4
Yes
22
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1
Yes, in multiple scenes women are restrained
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32
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10
There is direct verbal confirmation of rape, including of children, throughout the movie. There are multiple scenes with naked corpses of women, and a few scenes of torture that are sexualized by the killer. To my memory, there was not any visuals of penetrative rape.
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4
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0
0
M0USEB0NES
Yes, with tape
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7
Bodily Harm
Yes
24
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4
Seenit
Murder by knife shown twice, one from camera POV one slit throat
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3
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M0USEB0NES
One of the victims is shown in an interview to have had her hand amputated, very briefly
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Are there dislocations?
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2
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1
Is there throat mutilation?
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Yes
25
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1
2
masonisaaccccc
Someone is drugged with a cloth+chemical in a up close face shot. There is also a scene in which a victim is bonded crudely and sounds like she is having trouble breathing while she is sobbing. Another clip has a girl choking briefly
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5
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KamiSteele
A man's head gets sewn up inside a woman's abdomen while she is still alive. The scene depicting this shows the killer trying to wake her up to reveal what he did while she was unconscious. We later see the desiccated corpses of the man and woman, the head still inside her body. There is also intensive talk of dismembering bodies post-mortem, complete with some brief visuals.
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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10
Is someone choked?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Yes
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0
*spoilers* no, but one of the victims is found alive in a coffin that had been hidden underneath the killers bed.
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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1
3
***SPOILERS***



As well as post mortem dismemberment, both for disposal and for the amusement of the killer, there is a live victim who had a hand cut off at some point off screen. In the interview with her you see the arm with hand missing briefly.
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3
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17
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No but there is a brief shot of a post mortem beheading, and another of a decapitated head emplanted in a corpse's stomach.
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Yes
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spookysailor
Not on screen
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Yes
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4
Yes, and you see xrays
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Does someone have a seizure?
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18
1
pitifulcowboy
mention of genital electrocution, but nothing is shown
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0
1
echoevemorrow
Finger tips are snipped off
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Is someone tortured?
50 supporters
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5
Yes, there is a lot of sexualized abuse and torture. There is a lot shown visually, but even more is described verbally.
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Yes
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3
No, but there are a lot of creepy shots of faces with masks on where you can only see their eyes.
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Is someone stabbed?
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Is there excessive gore?
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18
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2
Children
Is an infant abducted?
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8
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1
Does a kid die?
25 supporters
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0
3
Seenit
A 10 month old baby and an 8 year old girl
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Yes
10
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1
Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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4
Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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6
Yes
4
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1
0
Yes, a large part of the plot is focusing on the victims of the murderer.
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Does a non-human character die?
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6
Does someone die?
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7
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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0
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11
0
M0USEB0NES
Briefly, one of the victims, Cheryl Dempsey, who is played by Stacy Chbosky, is shown to have had one of her hands amputated, though Chbosky is not an amputee
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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9
Family
Yes
26
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0
3
Seenit
Several victims
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Does a parent die?
8 supporters
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4
No
10
6
roughentumble
Technically yes, but there's only one sentence that mentions it, everything about the death is offscreen, and the child didn't survive either.
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Does someone cheat?
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14
Is a child's toy destroyed?
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15
Yes
3
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0
0
*spoilers* yes, a woman’s (adult) daughter dies, though we don’t see her reaction to her death. Many of the victims families are mentioned as well.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
26 supporters
Yes
21
No
2
2
masonisaaccccc
The transitions between tape clips and "documentary" clips have a loud screech-like noise (similar to a Five Night's at Freddy's jumpscare noise) that is very jarring. There is also a lot of sudden yelling towards already upset women
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Is someone possessed?
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15
Are there ghosts?
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14
Are there clowns?
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13
Are there natural bodies of water?
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1
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2
Is trypophobic content shown?
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3
Are there razors?
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4
Yes
19
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5
To clarify the above comment; no nudity in the shower scene, just the sound of water and you see the shower curtain. It is from the view of the killer outside though, so if you're sensitive to scary stuff around the shower be prepared!
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4
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acrackerwhoisnotvibing
No but there are very creepy masks worn that remind me of the uncanny human-like-ness of mannequins
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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10
Does someone vomit?
49 supporters
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15
No
2
1
Seenit
Someone vomits blood during a killing
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Is someone eaten?
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5
Is there on-screen pooping?
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4
Does someone spit?
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15
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1
Is there audio gore?
26 supporters
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14
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0
1
masonisaaccccc
A short clip features bone sawing body smashing/amputation. There are several instances of bones breaking.
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Is there farting?
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5
Large-scale Violence
Yes
5
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2
1
MeghanCherry
9/11 is briefly mentioned as a plot point, though a full depiction is not seen on screen.
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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0
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11
Is there incarceration?
4 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there transphobic slurs?
21 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Yes
0
No
3
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
11 supporters
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0
No
3
Is there bisexual cheating?
14 supporters
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0
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4
Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
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0
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3
Medical
Yes
0
No
11
0
M0USEB0NES
No, but there is mention of genital mutilation via electrocution
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Yes
20
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0
2
Seenit
A needle is used for lethal injection, and a woman is murdered with two needle esq objects
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ZenWalker
There is talk about her being in one but nothing is shown.
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Is there a hospital scene?
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13
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0
Is there menstruation?
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Yes
0
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3
Does someone have cancer?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
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12
Mental Health
Yes
12
No
2
0
KamiSteele
While PTSD is never mentioned, it's made clear that the various professionals working on the case are scarred by the grotesque and brutal nature of the killer's actions. An early scene has an interview with the person who had to watch the tapes in their entirety and is clearly affected by it (this is a commonly traumatizing thing for law enforcement who have to analyse CSEM, sexual abuse videos, violent footage, etc. as part of their job in real life). Shortly after, we get a classroom scene full of people interested in criminology, with the instructor guaranteeing that at least some of them will go home after the lecture to rethink their career path, indicating some of the people would realistically decide not to pursue criminal justice after being scarred by the details of the crimes. The killer's captive also shows signs of traumabonding once she's returned home, as she genuinely believes the killer loves her, asks to be 'taken home,' (actually back into captivity), self harms in the hospital, and acts confused and distraught during an interview. She ultimately ends her life shortly after the interview, with her suicide note declaring her love for her 'master.'
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Does someone have a mental illness?
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3
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0
Yes
14
No
0
6
roughentumble
Only mentioned.
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Is autism misrepresented?
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3
Yes
10
No
2
2
punkrotte
they use the phrase "extremely mentally ill" to describe the killer
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
7 supporters
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0
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4
Yes
7
No
0
Is reality unstable or unhinged?
8 supporters
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0
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3
Does someone have a meltdown?
4 supporters
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Yes
1
No
2
Is there misophonia?
22 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there ABA therapy?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
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4
Is there body dysmorphia?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Yes
0
No
6
Yes
17
No
0
2
masonisaaccccc
Several panic attacks throughout the movie, although they are all during torture clips and not ptsd/past trauma triggered, they are panicked about the current torture/kidnapping they are experiencing.
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15
No
0
1
There is a scene where the killer hides in a closet, and two where a kidnapped girl is forced to be in coffin like boxes
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
12
Is there autism specific abuse?
24 supporters
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Yes
0
No
12
8
spookysailor
Not on screen
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
14 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Are there underwater scenes?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does a baby cry?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there shakey cam?
20 supporters
Yes
21
No
0
5
Seenit
Filmed from a serial killers home movie camera
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Is there screaming?
7 supporters
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Yes
3
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0
Is there obscene language/gestures?
4 supporters
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Yes
5
No
0
4
masonisaaccccc
YES! The camera the serial killer uses has horrible quality that frequently changes colour and becomes wavy and static-y. There is also some flashing of images
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Paranoia
0
Yes, there are multiple POV style stalking scenes.
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Yes
2
No
4
0
M0USEB0NES
This is a Mockumentary/Fake Documentary
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is there childbirth?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Are there abortions?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
1
quirklessbunny
only referenced, never shown
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Does someone miscarry?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
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11
Does a pregnant person die?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
0
KamiSteele
Not in a transphobic context, but a misogynist context. A few times the killer refers to his female victims as 'it,' clearly dehumanizing them.
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Does the black guy die first?
11 supporters
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0
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12
Are there homophobic slurs?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Yes
0
No
11
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there hate speech?
14 supporters
Yes
15
No
1
6
effete
A lot of misogynistic sentiments are expressed from the killer.
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
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4
Does an LGBT person die?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Yes
1
No
10
Are there n-words?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Is there aphobia?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Race
Is there blackface?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Relationships
Yes
8
No
0
3
punkrotte
a grown man r*pes a preteen
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Religious
Is religion discussed?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there demons or Hell?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Sex
Yes
25
No
0
1
bumblebree916
Many victims were raped
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Yes
11
No
0
2
CherryFizz
Rape
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Are there nude scenes?
13 supporters
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Yes
5
No
0
Is there bestiality?
42 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is there BDSM?
10 supporters
Yes
4
No
0
1
KamiSteele
Technically. The killer's torture is sexualized with BDSM undertones, especially in his treatment of poor Cheryl. In particular, he forces her to call him her 'master,' renames her 'slave,' keeps her in a mask and fetishwear, uses her as furniture, and makes her recite mantras about how she exists only to serve him. It's very much not safe, sane, or consensual for obvious reasons, and not indicative of regular BDSM practices, but the themes are still there.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
41 supporters
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Yes
0
No
12
Sexism
Yes
0
No
5
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Does someone have a chronic illness?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is someone terminally ill?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Social
Is someone homeless?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there anti-abortion themes?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there fat suits?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
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13
Are there end credit scenes?
9 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Does it have a sad ending?
22 supporters
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Yes
18
No
0
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
0 supporters
Yes
11
No
3
3
Seenit
There is a car crash scene from the killer’s camera pov
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
3 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Does a plane crash?
0 supporters
Yes
0
No
11
0
M0USEB0NES
No, but 9/11 is mentioned as a brief plot point
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Yes
0
No
12
1
masonisaaccccc
No but there is a camera POV car crash
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
14
Is there blood/gore?
26 supporters
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Yes
22
No
0
Does someone drown?
10 supporters
Yes
15
No
2
6
roughentumble
She doesn't die from it, but a woman's head is forcefully held underwater with the intent of hurting and scaring her.
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Yes
2
No
13
4
masonisaaccccc
Several automatic rifles are carried by FBI while storming a house. They are not used.
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