The Town That Dreaded Sundown Reviews

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April 4, 2019
So much obvious thought has gone into making the film visually striking that the script seems to have gone unread. There's no other explanation for the woeful stupidity of some of the characters' actions and the blandness of the dialogue.
March 2, 2016
While its tone wildly varies, when it comes to the glut of horror remakes, it's a slight step ahead of the standard batch.
April 20, 2015
Knowledge of the first film probably helps, but it's a nifty little genre experiment nonetheless.
April 19, 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 ...
April 16, 2015
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.
April 16, 2015
Not a straight remake of the 1976 cult horror movie, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is more a self-referential homage that takes the original film's legacy and embellishes it.
April 16, 2015
A straightforward, slickly edited psycho-killer flick with moments of razor-sharp tension and a welcome appearance from Alien star Veronica Cartwright as Timlin's granny.
April 16, 2015
Those who like their shivers served up with a spattering of grey matter should leave with a sunny disposition.
April 16, 2015
It's an odd, if somewhat original, way of playing with sequel conventions: the plot exists in a reality where the original film also exists. But outside of knowing winks, this is cookie cutter carnage.
April 16, 2015
Clever enough, but forgets to be exciting.
April 16, 2015
A film that bounds towards the cult appeal of those self-reflexive horror classics, but agonisingly doesn't quite stick the landing.
April 15, 2015
This isn't only another rote slasher movie, full of ridiculous coincidences and obvious red herrings: it's actually worse than that, yet thinks it's clever.
April 15, 2015
After a strong start, it's unfortunate that the director's efforts and fun cinematic trimmings are ultimately stymied by a narrative that gradually runs out of steam before the same old stalk and slash machinations are wheeled out.
April 13, 2015
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.
April 13, 2015
It's too late to reinvent this wheel but there's no denying Gomez-Rejon's given it one hell of a spin.
April 13, 2015
Offers something more complex and intriguing than a straightforward trudge through the events of the original.
April 10, 2015
It's self-aware and funny, and packed with veterans who are all having a good time.
February 20, 2015
Dutch angles, dual-focus, dream sequences and at least one belting tracking shot invoke B-movie masters in a film that's way more stylish and thoughtful than one might expect.
February 16, 2015
...a misguided endeavor that's often far too self-referential for its own good...
November 14, 2014
A strong slasher in its own right that can either be watched with the original thriller, or as a stand alone love letter.
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