The Town That Dreaded Sundown

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (2014)

82min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Despite having the same title as the 1976 cult true-crime drama, this absorbing horror thriller from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) is more gruesome sequel than remake. A return to Texarkana 65 years after the Phantom Killer terrorised the town - and on the evening when that original film has its annual Halloween screening - is the prelude for a hooded maniac to go on a copycat rampage. Or is it the original madman? At the centre of this modern-day mayhem is student Jami (Addison Timlin) who survives the first attack and then sets out to uncover the truth. The fact the 1976 film becomes part of the narrative (True Blood's Denis O'Hare plays the son of that movie's director; there's a bloody homage to the trombone murder in the original) conjures up the meta-cinema riffing of Scream or Cabin in the Woods. But, ultimately, this is 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.

Summary

A woman investigates a series of murders in her home town committed by a mysterious masked man 65 years previously. A second outbreak of killings begins that are remarkably similar to the original crimes, and it falls to her to uncover if she is dealing with a copycat - or something far more sinister. Horror, starring Addison Timlin and Veronica Cartwright.

Cast & Crew

Jami Addison Timlin
Lillian Veronica Cartwright
Lone Wolf Morales Anthony Anderson
Nick Travis Tope
Deputy Foster Joshua Leonard
Sackhead Andy Abele
Chief Deputy Tillman Gary Cole
Reverend Cartwright Edward Herrmann
Sheriff Underwood Ed Lauter
Charles B Pierce Jr Denis O'Hare
Corey Spencer Treat Clark
Townsperson Danielle Harris
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 17 Apr 2015
Drama