Loren Hawthorne, pregnant, is found dead in a warehouse near a local college. She appears to have committed suicide. In a few months, three more bodies are found. Seeing the opportunity for a compelling story, a freelance journalist seeks out the key witness, Daniel Phipps, for an interview. After keeping to himself for months, Daniel gradually opens up to tell a story that has sealed him in alcohol, cocaine, and depression. He lays out a story of a young couple in a losing battle against the new pressures of adulthood; a group of kids fighting unmanageable change; and a young man who strikes out in desperation against his peers.
Daniel’s story is set in the last vestige of innocence, a time in life when they are no longer children but not yet adults. Through voyeuristic, vérité-style footage, Videotape reflects a generation with no direction, struggling to reconcile the bleak reality that faces them.