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The Town That Dreaded Sundown

  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • 2014
  • Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • 82 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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JamiAddison Timlin
LillianVeronica Cartwright
Lone Wolf MoralesAnthony Anderson
NickTravis Tope
Deputy FosterJoshua Leonard
SackheadAndy Abele
Chief Deputy TillmanGary Cole
Reverend CartwrightEdward Herrmann
Sheriff UnderwoodEd Lauter
Charles B Pierce JrDenis O'Hare
CoreySpencer Treat Clark
TownspersonDanielle Harris

Crew

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DirectorAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2015-04-17
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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