The Town That Dreaded Sundown

2014

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

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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.

Cast

Denis O'Hare
as Charles B. Pierce, Jr.
Anthony Anderson
as Lone Wolf Morales
Joshua Leonard
as Deputy Foster
Andy Abele
as Sackhead
Gary Cole
as Chief Deputy Tillmak
Edward Herrmann
as Reverend Cartwright
Ed Lauter
as Sheriff Underwood
Arabella Field
as Dr. Kelly
Lance E. Nichols
as Arkansas Mayor
Geraldine Singer
as Texas Mayor
Ricky Wayne
as Sheriff Rutland
Bill Stinchcomb
as Mr. Holland
Andrea Cohen
as Mrs. Holland
Dodie Brown
as Townsperson
Pam Dougherty
as Mrs. Scott
George Wilson
as Older Farmer
Gerry May
as Newscaster
Garrett Kruithof
as Ronald Murray
Tammi Arender
as Newscaster #2
Gracie Whitton
as Young Jami
Danielle Harris
as Townsperson #2
Jeff Easterling
as Radio Announcer
John Donnell
as Sparkplug
Brad Victory
as Benjamin
Michael McCormick
as Young Jami's Father
Katie Little
as Young Jami's Mother
Charles B. Pierce
as Man in Diner
Jeremy Ambler
as Gas Station Geezer
Dave Nelson
as Projectionist
Beti B. Gomes-Rejon
as Preacher's Wife
Beti B. Gomez-Rejon
as Preacher's Wife
Michael P Gardner
as Texas Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for The Town That Dreaded Sundown

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (9)

  • 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.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • Clever enough, but forgets to be exciting.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A film that bounds towards the cult appeal of those self-reflexive horror classics, but agonisingly doesn't quite stick the landing.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Town That Dreaded Sundown

  • Oct 19, 2018
    It's not the first horror sequel/remake to engage in meta commentary, but it's probably the only one where the original film is unremarkable and mostly forgotten. As a result, the killer's desire here to be remembered takes on a unique significance. Obviously it all falls apart by the end, but the movie is still an oddity worth checking out.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    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 K Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2015
    Interesting, but not that great. I do like how it kind of breaks the fourth wall and plays off of the 1970s film, as well as the real events to some extent, and gives an idea of what it's like to live in a town whose history is overshadowed by horrible events.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2015
    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 S Super Reviewer

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