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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Rating:
- Dylan = 7 / 10;
- Eloise = 8 / 10;
- Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
- IMDb = 5.6 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 6.8 / 10;
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Synopsis:
Almost 40 years after the events that terrorized the town of Texarkansas, the mysterious phantom killer is back for a series of gruesome murders.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a remake of the 1972’s slasher of the same name. The original was a good movie (still is), but was made with a budget too low to be as good as it could have been. For this reason, it did not age very well and I think remaking it was a good idea, especially since this remake does such a great job at refreshing the classic.
Actually, this movie is more of a modern time sequel (or reboot) rather than a remake. It does not simply reuse the 1972’s scenario but cleverly conserves the concept and cult scenes of the original while building a whole new “movie inside a movie” story around it.
The addition of central characters in the scenario is something that lacked in the original movie. The heroine here, a young woman with no parents, is quite an endearing one and she adds a nice sentimental touch to the movie. The paranoia generated by the murders in the city is still here, as is the suspenseful police investigation aspect of the movie.
The real highlight of this remake, however, is the many murders. The classic cult ones are there, along with some spicy additions. The killer is creepy, and each of his apparitions is extremely brutal and stressful.
Overall, this sequel/remake is a nice complement to the original movie and a great standalone slasher. Highly recommended.