Synopsis – 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.
My Take – This remake of the 1976 slasher film is a definite reminder of why we love films of this genre. Here the director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon gives us all ingredient of a slasher flick, right from the creepy killer, an interesting back story, plenty of spooky night time scenes with him, plenty of chase scenes, and excellent and bloody kills while filming the whole with great atmosphere & suspense!
This film is really intelligently shot, it mixes in several scenes from the original film while also creating some copycat scenes with different characters. Yes, the concept does resemble the Scream series especially the recreation of a real story in the film angle. Addison Timlin does well with the lead role, and easily does give the best and only note-worthy performance of the film.
Despite the film’s borrowing of ideas and strong resemblances to other films of this genre, along with the cool twist in the end, The Town That Dreaded Sundown remake is ultimately a fun slasher film, which doesn’t take itself too seriously, & compared to the garbage people make, it can stand tall as one of the most enjoyable slasher film in town!
Directed – Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Rating – R
Run Time – 90 minutes