The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
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as Lone Wolf Morales
as Man in Diner
as Reverend Cartwright
as Chief Deputy Tillmak
as Deputy Foster
as Sheriff Underwood
as Charles B. Pierce, Jr.
as Townsperson #2
as Dr. Kelly
as Older Farmer
as Arkansas Mayor
as Mr. Holland
as Mrs. Scott
as Newscaster #2
as Sheriff Rutland
as Texas Mayor
as Mrs. Holland
as Young Jami's Father
as Soldier #1
as Ronald Murray
as Gas Station Geezer
as Young Jami
as Texas Sheriff
as Paul Mason
as Radio Announcer
as Young Jami's Mother
as Preacher's Wife
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A clever concept and stylish execution (in both senses) aren't quite enough to make this achingly meta remake/reboot/sequel stand out from the slasher pack.
The 'American Horror Story' team remakes the cult 1976 slasher with gimmicky, mostly unscary results.
While its tone wildly varies, when it comes to the glut of horror remakes, it's a slight step ahead of the standard batch.
Knowledge of the first film probably helps, but it's a nifty little genre experiment nonetheless.
With its small-town atmospherics, a juicy supporting cast of character players, plus Addison Timlin's personable, plucky "final girl", this Town is pulled off with polished, enjoyable brashness ...
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A meta-sequel to the first film in which Texarkana experienced a series of murders based on the film 65 years later. It was very well directed even though the acting was terrible, there were some plot holes but overall it served as a sequel worthy of the title.
The concept behind the film, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, is actually a lot more interesting then the film itself. From the minds behind American Horror Story, comes a tale that is based on the true story of The Phantom Killer, who was active in Texarkana, Texas during 1946. The story was originally turned into a successful film in 1975, but rather than re-make it or do a sequel, the writers went in a totally different direction, one that I've never seen before. This film takes place in 2014 and acknowledges the story and even the previous film. In fact, clips of the original film are seen throughout this movie, and even the son of the original Director plays a part in this new film, which sees the Phantom Killer return after a nearly 70 year absence. Addison Timlin stars, following her leading role in Odd Thomas, and with new challenges comes experience. While I loved Odd Thomas, I thought she was terrible, but in this film it's a complete turn around, as Timlin is the strong female lead a film like this requires. As for the film itself, besides it's interesting play on the previous film, it really wasn't much more than your typical whodunit slasher film. Interesting to note though, unlike the first film, this movie was shot at the actual crime scenes from 1946. It also marks the last on screen appearances of both Edward Herrmann (Gilmore Girls) and Ed Lauter (Shameless, ER) who died shortly after filming. I love the concept of this film, it displays just how talented and imaginative the team behind American Horror Story and the upcoming American Crime Story really are, but overall, if you've seen one slasher film, sadly, you've seen them all.
Beautifully shot, scored and edited horror with a brutal, Zodiac vibe. The meta way it references the original film (which I haven't yet seen) doesn't always work, and the story beats are occasionally a bit clumsy, but this is a brilliant debut film - in parts genuinely scary, disturbing and thrilling.
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