A brutal slasher, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a meta-sequel to the 1976 film of the same name. In 1946, a serial killer – the Phantom Killer – brought panic to Texarkana in the US, by slaying five victims ranging in ages from 15 – 37 years old. The killer was never caught or unidentified. The premise of the latest film is that residents of Texarkana still watch the 1976 movie every Halloween in tribute to those who were killed. And then the copycat murders start.
It’s the usual slice and dice fare but is done very stylishly; director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Emmy nominated for his direction of Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven) and cinematographer Michael Goi (also American Horror Story) make this film watchable and above average for what you usually get in this genre. There’s some real moments of dread; the Phantom stalking a victim in a cornfield (cornfields ARE scary) and the motel killings where Kendra (Morganna Bridgers) jumps out of a window and snaps her leg, the bone sticking through. Yuck.
Ultimately, however, the script is pretty turkey with the dialogue not matching the look. But it’s a good Shocktober watch and we really want to check out the original.
GORE RATING: 5/5
Watch it for: A stylish slasher
Watch out for: Murder by musical instrument – interestinggggg…
Next up…Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)