This trailer for THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN can't catch the boogeyman

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Remake. A word that elicits a knee-jerk ragequit from most film fans. Throw the word “horror” in front of “remake” and you get an even worse reaction, and justifiably so as we’ve been forced to endure mediocre slasher remake after dull zombie reboot. There have been a few exceptions though, and we may just have found another in The Town That Dreaded Sundown.  

I’ve never seen (and only vaguely heard of) the 1976 original film – an odd slasher/comedy/documentary hybrid based on real life killings in the 1940’s that served as some inspiration to Friday the 13th – so I can’t really compare. This new film though seems to mix of remake and sequel – heavier on the sequel, it seems – and I can’t say that what I’m seeing in this first trailer doesn’t have some promise.

Based on a terrifying true story, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up sixty-five years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the “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 the murderer.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is produced by American Horror Story (and Glee?) co-creator Ryan Murphy, directed by one of his AHS directors Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and penned by acclaimed scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It will be making its debut at the upcoming Fantastic Fest, before opening on October 16, 2014.

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Last Updated: September 11, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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