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Shined-up studio remakes of grindhouse horror classics are usually best appreciated by viewers unfamiliar with the original films’ scruffy texture, but Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s tricksy take on “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” may be an exception: As it riffs on the professed legacy of Charles B. Pierce’s shoestring 1976 serial-killer thriller, this tediously metatextual exercise conjures few inspired jolts of its own. Following a plucky teen on the trail of a masked maniac methodically restaging murders from Pierce’s film, the redesign is riddled with in-jokes, yet contains little of the Grand Guignol humor one might expect from Gomez-Rejon and his “American Horror Story” collaborator Ryan Murphy. An inauspicious effort to mark the return of the long-defunct Orion Pictures label, the film opens in limited release this week, but is unlikely to spark strong word of mouth ahead of Halloween.
- Guy Lodge
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Robert Hack
Lettering: Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Publisher: Archie Comics
Sabrina #1 is a prequel, spin-off of sorts stemming from the Afterlife with Archie universe. For those unfamiliar with Afterlife, it effectively proves Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s worth as not only an excellent writer but really adding a unique flavouring to very well known characters. Having Aguirre-Sacasa on the helm for Sabrina is exciting for fans of Afterlife. Though it may seem unfortunate that Francesco Francavilla is not doing the artwork, there is no need to worry because Robert Hack really brings a classical horror tinged touch (EC Comics style) to the pages of Sabrina.
The issue begins on October 31st, 1951, a year after Sabrina was born. Edward Spellman, Sabrina’s warlock father is introduced, alongside her human mother, Diana. Sabrina is to be given to Edward’s two witch sisters, Hilda and Zelda, entrusting them »
- Anthony Spataro
Presented by Diamond Comic Distributors on October 25th at participating comic book stores is the 3rd Annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf), featuring costume contests and giveaways of horror-themed comics. Shops will be giving out 19 free titles this year, and readers can seek out tales of the living dead in Afterlife with Archie #1, Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, and Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade #1.
Press Release - “Diamond Comic Distributors announces a celebration of comics, comic shops, and pop-culture in October with the third annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf) event! Communities are encouraged to check out their local comic shop and get free comics while also participating in shop’s special Halloween events such as costume contests, sales, character appearances and more on Saturday, October 25th, 2014!
During Halloween ComicFest, adults and kids can go into a local participating comic shop and get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics published specifically for Halloween ComicFest. »
- Derek Anderson
Walking into Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown, I expected a fairly straightforward remake of the Texarkana horror story, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s screenplay inserts us into a world where Charles B. Pierce’s original movie exists, repeatedly referencing the old-school horror flick through spliced-in clip insertions and actual character acknowledgement. It’s an extremely metaphysical movie that twists and turns in the name of horror, yet there’s also a recycled feel to it all that becomes a bit repetitive instead of sneakily ingenious. The 2014 version finds a way to become some hybrid sequel/remake slasher homage that tries to pay respect while traversing its own gory story, but the novelty of comparison becomes rather predictable as “The Phantom” hacks his way through a new batch of victims. It’s a fun and spirited watch, don’t get me wrong, »
- Matt Donato
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
The Cabin in the Woods was the final frontier for slasher films… or at least it should have been. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s 2011 horror-comedy took all of the subgenre’s tropes and turned them on their head. It acknowledged every character stereotype and rejected each one. The slasher film received a complete deconstruction, and now it may be best to simply pack it away. Sadly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown heralds an uninspired return to form. It just may be the blandest movie to feature violent homicide and ruthless killers.
A remake of the 1976 cult film, The Town That Dreaded Sundown heavily incorporates its predecessor into its story. Set in Texarkana, Texas, the movie takes place several decades after a string of serial murders were committed. Each Halloween the town »
- Jacob Carter
The American Psycho musical will not have an off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre after all. Though it was scheduled for a run in 2015, Second Stage announced Friday it would not be producing the show, which premiered in London. “We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage,” Artistic Director Carole Rothman said in a statement. “We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks.”
The production may, however, be looking directly to Broadway. »
- Esther Zuckerman
The Town That Dreaded Sundown has released its first trailer.
Charles B Pierce's 1976 film was set in 1946, based on the true story of a murderer terrorising the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas.
The film sees a new spate of killings, which leads the townsfolk to wonder whether the killer has somehow returned.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown will premiere at Austin's Fantastic Fest next week. It will screen at the London Film Festival on October 14 and arrive in Us cinemas on October 16. »
From the original 1976 film
From Blumhouse Pictures and American Horror Story producer Ryan Murphy comes the trailer for the long gestating re-imagining of 1976′s cult classic The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The pseudo-remake/sequel hybrid is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who are both frequent collaborators on Murphy’s Glee and Ahs. The new version of The Town That Dreaded Sundown looks like an awesome throwback to the slasher movies of yesteryear, but with a unique voice of its own, and will be a nice change of pace in an October filled with supernatural horror. The film stars Addison Timlin and hits theaters on October 16th.
The post Watch the trailer for old school slasher ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ remake appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Max Molinaro
Touted as a remake of the 1976 original, the new The Town That Dreaded Sundown, on the evidence of this-just-released trailer, turns out to be a much-belated sequel. The latest opus from Jason Blum's prolific Blumhouse shingle, the director is Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) and the writer is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (last year's Carrie). For those of a certain age, the first glimpse of the Orion Pictures logo since 1998 will be almost as exciting as what follows.Charles B. Pierce's original was an unusual '70s slasher in that it was set in the '40s, just after World War II. Based (natch) on a true story, that one was about a killer with a bag over his head picking off the local youth.Gomez-Rejon's new attack picks up the story 66 years later, with the killer re-emerging for some new blood. Is it the same guy as before? Is it a ghost? »
Summer’s winding down, the nights are drawing in and Halloween is the next big holiday. For all you horror fans out there, this means one thing: a cinematic calendar filled with spooky, gory, and altogether frightening flicks to aid your insomnia. Or, in more recent years: remakes, sequels and reboots. Either way you’ll likely leave the theatre screaming; from fear or frustration. To prepare you for the dark nights ahead, we urge you to scope out the first trailer for meta-remake, The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Resist the urge to rant for at least the remainder of this article. This isn’t your typical cash-in. This remake of the 1976 classic horror comes from two genre masters. American Horror Story‘s Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum – whose Blumhouse Productions gave the community Insidious, Sinister and the Paranormal Activity franchise. They’ve each forwarded the somewhat stagnant genre. With Ahs »
- Gem Seddon
“Before that summer, everybody would leave their doors unlocked. And after the summer, you saw a stranger, you’d run the other way. And now… he’s back.” The Phantom Killer changed the way of life in a small Texas town 66 years ago with a string of Moonlight Murders, and a modern-day copycat killer has emerged in the trailer for Blumhouse’s meta-horror remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown will play at the BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Beyond Fest before coming out on October 16th. We have the film’s first official trailer and poster below: (a big thanks to Shock Till You Drop for the poster image!)
“Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet streets of Texerkana plagued by a maniac who bears striking »
- Derek Anderson
It has been a long time since we've seen the Orion Pictures logo—maybe that says something about our age—but it's the first thing you'll notice in the new trailer for "The Town That Dreaded Sundown." A remake of the cult 1976 movie directed by Charles B. Pierce, this new promo reveals that the do-over has been given a contemporary polish. Starring Addison Timlin, Gary Cole, Joshua Leonard and more, the story kicks off 65 years after the events of the first movie, with another moonlight killer behind a series of grisly slayings. Is the original murderer still at it, is this a copycat or is it something a bit more complicated than all that? Well, you'll just have to wait and see what director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ("American Horror Story") and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the "Carrie" remake) have cooked up. "The Town That Dreaded Sundown," arrives on October 16 and will make »
- Kevin Jagernauth
MGM’s horror meta-remake from producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy has dropped its first trailer. Following the events of the low-budget 1976 slasher from Charles B. Pierce, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up decades after the Phantom Killer terrorized rural Texarkana when the murders start again and a teenager (Californication‘s Addison Timlin) finds herself in the killer’s sights. Town is helmed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon in his feature directing debut and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The film will have its first public screening this month at Austin’s Fantastic Fest before MGM’s Orion Pictures releases it in October. (See the fest lineup here.)
- Jen Yamato
The folks living in a small Texas town thought the Phantom Killer behind the Moonlight Murders of 1946 was confined to the silver screen, via the 1976 film based on the real-life slayings, titled The Town That Dreaded Sundown. But a new copycat murderer has emerged in a meta-horror remake, and the film’s first photos show the new threat wearing a wardrobe similar to the original Phantom Killer.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown remake is making its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 14th. Here’s the film’s latest synopsis (via BFI London Film Festival):
“Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet streets of Texerkana plagued by a maniac who bears striking resemblance to the same Phantom Killer who wreaked havoc on the town decades before. Is history repeating itself? »
- Derek Anderson
The actor has reportedly been cast as serial killer Patrick Bateman in the upcoming U.S. premiere of the musical, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and 2000 film of the same name. Written by Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik and Big Love’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the dark show about excess and murder is set to open off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in March 2015 and will be directed by Rupert Goold. »
- Jake Perlman
Exclusive: I’m hearing that Benjamin Walker, the much-lauded star of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the loopy historo-musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, has landed the title role in the upcoming U.S. premiere of American Psycho the musical. The role of Patrick Bateman was created on film in 2000 by Christian Bale and starred Matt Smith (Doctor Who) in the recent London world premiere of the show scored by Duncan Sheik, with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and staging by Rupert Goold. Walker just co-starred in Hair at the Hollywood Bowl. The possibly Broadway-bound show will begin performances in February 2015 and open in March at […] »
Death seems to be following Archie Andrews around with the citizens of Riverdale becoming zombies and an armed assassin on the loose.
Afterlife with Archie #6 which has the title Witch in the Dream House marks the return of Sabrina the Teenage Witch who unwittingly caused the living to become the walking dead in the latest offering created by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and artists Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli.
The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been Much worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul!
Afterlife With Archie #6 which features a variant cover by Andrew Pepoy and Jason Millet is now available.
Whereas the »
- Trevor Hogg
Author Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel American Psycho, about a deranged Wall Street yuppie more interested in "murders and executions" than mergers and acquisitions, will be staged as an off-Broadway musical in February 2015. New York's Second Stage Theatre will host the production, with British theatre director Rupert Goold will direct it. No castings have been announced yet, according to The Associated Press.
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – who has written works with suitably dark titles like Say You Love »
The musical adaptation of American Psycho will open in New York City in 2015.
The production will begin previews at the Second Stage Theater in February, before opening officially in March.
Duncan Sheik - who wrote the music and lyrics for the play - told The New York Times: "We're going to put a bit more 'psycho' in the text and production; a little more horror and suspense."
Meanwhile, playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that he is making revisions to the script ahead of the show's Us transfer.
Carole Rothman, Second Stage Theater's artistic director, has confirmed that the show's cast will be all-American, with announcements to be made in due course. »
Off-Broadway powerhouse Second Stage will present the U.S. premiere of the much praised (and much debated) American Psycho, the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel (and 2000 Christian Bale-starring film) about excess, murder and flashing the right labels. The show — with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, staging by Rupert Goold and a starring performance by Matt “Dr. Who” Smith – opened last December at London’s Almeida Theatre and was considered a shoo-in for Broadway next season. It still may be. For now, however, the show will begin performances in February 2015 and open in March at […] »
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