The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)




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65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
R (for brutal violence, grisly images, strong sexual content, and language)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Anthony Anderson
as Lone Wolf Morales
Charles B. Pierce
as Man in Diner
Edward Herrmann
as Reverend Cartwright
Gary Cole
as Chief Deputy Tillmak
Joshua Leonard
as Deputy Foster
Ed Lauter
as Sheriff Underwood
Denis O'Hare
as Charles B. Pierce, Jr.
Danielle Harris
as Townsperson #2
Wes Chatham
as Danny
Arabella Field
as Dr. Kelly
George Wilson
as Older Farmer
Lance E. Nichols
as Arkansas Mayor
Dave Nelson
as Projectionist
Bill Stinchcomb
as Mr. Holland
Pam Dougherty
as Mrs. Scott
Dodie Brown
as Townsperson
Tammi Arender
as Newscaster #2
Gerry May
as Newscaster
Ricky Wayne
as Sheriff Rutland
Geraldine Singer
as Texas Mayor
Andrea Cohen
as Mrs. Holland
Michael McCormick
as Young Jami's Father
Carlos M. Serrano
as Soldier #1
Lanee Landry
as Ardele
Garrett Kruithof
as Ronald Murray
Jeremy Ambler
as Gas Station Geezer
Gracie Whitton
as Young Jami
Michael P Gardner
as Texas Sheriff
John Donnell
as Sparkplug
Jeff Easterling
as Radio Announcer
Andy Abele
as Sackhead
Brad Victory
as Benjamin
Katie Little
as Young Jami's Mother
Grace Roberson
as Chrissie
Beti B. Gomes-Rejon
as Preacher's Wife
Beti B. Gomez-Rejon
as Preacher's Wife
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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

The 'American Horror Story' team remakes the cult 1976 slasher with gimmicky, mostly unscary results.

Full Review… | October 15, 2014
Top Critic

While its tone wildly varies, when it comes to the glut of horror remakes, it's a slight step ahead of the standard batch.

Full Review… | March 2, 2016
The Film Stage

Knowledge of the first film probably helps, but it's a nifty little genre experiment nonetheless.

Full Review… | April 20, 2015

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 ...

Full Review… | April 18, 2015
Observer (UK)

This is an exercise in nostalgia as much as bloodletting. The filmmakers are paying their very own tribute to teen-horror pics of the 1970s.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
Independent (UK)

Audience Reviews for The Town That Dreaded Sundown

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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