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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (screenplay), Earl E. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Addison Timlin ... Jami
Veronica Cartwright ... Lillian
Anthony Anderson ... Lone Wolf Morales
Travis Tope ... Nick
Joshua Leonard ... Deputy Foster
Andy Abele ... Sackhead
Gary Cole ... Chief Deputy Tillman
Edward Herrmann ... Reverend Cartwright
Ed Lauter ... Sheriff Underwood
Arabella Field ... Dr. Kelly
Denis O'Hare ... Charles B. Pierce, Jr.
Spencer Treat Clark ... Corey
Wes Chatham ... Danny
Morganna Bridgers ... Kendra
Jaren Mitchell ... Johnny
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for brutal violence, grisly images, strong sexual content, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassino Invisível See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character Chief Deputy Tillman who is played by Gary Cole is a reference to the former real life Miller County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tillman Johnson. See more »

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When Jamie is on the laptop reading about the original murders from "Infomania", the article is misspelled as "The Town that DREDED Sundown". See more »

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Kendra: [during vigorous sex] I'm sore, I need a break!
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70s inspired homage yet original
21 October 2014 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a fictional continuation on the story of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders told creatively to give homage to its predecessors.

Based on the terrifying true serial killings known as the Texarkana Moonlight Murders of 1946, The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014) is a continuation of the screen adaptation of the real murders told by 1976's horror film The Town that Dreaded Sundown.

Texarkana is still affected by the gruesome lovers lane murders some sixty-five years after the burlap masked figure terrorized the Arkansas/Texas area. When the 1976 film The Town that Dreaded Sundown came out the town chose to embrace rather than conceal its gruesome history.

The 2014 horror movie The Town that Dreaded Sundown is not a remake nor is it a sequel. The 2014 horror movie blurs the line between fact and fiction, paying homage to both the film and the real life murders, but from this point on is purely fiction.

Jami, played by Addison Timlin, is at the annual drive-in showing of the classic 70's horror flick about her hometown's moonlight serial murders. She and her date venture off for more privacy and are brutally attacked seemingly but impossibly by the same suspected killer that plagued her town in the 40's. When it is evident a serial killer is once again threatening the people of Texarkana the Texas Rangers once again join the search for the identity of the perpetrator.

Never having seen the 1976 film of the same name, I can not attest to the originality or compare it to the 2014 film. Having some knowledge of the Texarkana murders it seems as though screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa expertly parallels the real life killer's modus operandi and Earl E. Smith's fictional narrative as adapted in the 1976 film. Aguirre-Sacasa and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon are very honest about and respect the tale's history and, in doing so, find the perfect balance in their film successfully.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown keeps with its nostalgic past with an overall 70s vibe. The footage has a decidedly yellow tone reminiscent of popular horror films from the 1970s. The characters wear retro clothing despite the events portrayed in the film stated as taking place in 2013. Most importantly, the horror and gore is more implied, more often alluding to the violence rather than showing it, with the exception of the brutal and tense climactic showdown nearing its conclusion.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a well orchestrated horror with superb actors and gruesome carnage for a slasher atmosphere. The film has plenty of characters and suspects for sufficient misdirection to keep audiences guessing and on their toes until the end.

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