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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 »


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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In addition to playing Charles B. Pierce, Jr. in the film, actor Denis O'Hare also voices the narration heard at the beginning of the film. See more »


At the beginning of the film, the annual tradition of showing the original The Town That Dreaded Sundown plays at a drive-in. In real life, it is played at Spring Lake Park which is not a drive-in theater. Cars are parked in the parking lot and the audience views the film in portable chairs or on blankets in an open field. See more »


Jami: Grandma, do you remember anything about the murders?
Lillian: Oh dear God, barely. Just what I heard later. You know your great grandpa and your great grandma lived in this house when it happened. I remember my mama once said ti was like the town was being tested and no one knew why, even the grown ups were scared. He was the boogeyman they said, can't catch the boogeyman, can't kill the boogeyman, his father's the devil and his mother's a whore. Know before that summer, everybody would leave their ...
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References Boxcar Bertha (1972) See more »

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"Maybe we could jerk off together?"
28 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The 1976 movie this is a 'sort of' remake of was a quirky, fun, low-budget horror film made by Charles B. Pierce. I realize it's not going to be to everybody's tastes but I'm a fan of it. I don't say that like the makers of this movie do. I actually mean it. They obviously don't mean it since they spend most of this insulting the people involved with the original film as well as the people of Texarkana, where the real events the original film was based on took place. At the point where they introduce a loser character based on real person (and son of the director of the '76 movie) Charles Pierce, Jr., I almost turned the movie off in disgust. I can't stand cheap stuff like that. If you don't have respect for the first movie or the people involved with it, screw you for exploiting that film to make a few bucks, you talentless hacks. Love all the random artsy camera angles, by the way. That doesn't scream "recent film school graduate" at all.

Anyway, I stuck with this turd, not because I was enjoying the movie up to that point (I wasn't) but because it was almost over and I wanted to see just how bad it would get. The '76 movie has its detractors, and I admit it isn't perfect, but it was different and unique. This remake/meta-sequel (I give the finger to that stupid term) starts out promisingly enough but quickly becomes yet another post-Scream slasher where the pretty heroine with a tragic backstory investigates while everybody around her is killed. Everything is handled with a heaping dose of camp, thumbing its nose at the genre while using the same old tired tricks every standard slasher uses. Like being ironic somehow makes it less clichéd. Speaking of Scream, the movie doesn't miss an opportunity to rip that series off. From all the meta crap referencing the '76 movie to the virginal heroine giving it up to the guy she likes near the end, only to seemingly seal her fate with the killer. The ending also rips off Scream in a pretty obvious way. So this winds up being something that's more inspired by that series than anything Charles B. Pierce ever did.

Addison Timlin is attractive and does fine but she pretty much lost me when she said with a straight face "I don't get asked out all that much." I got a good laugh out of that one. Only in Hollywood. I like her but this wasn't a good vehicle for her. The movie wastes many talented actors like Ed Lauter, Edward Herrmann, Gary Cole, and Veronica Cartwright. This is referred to in press as a '70s homage. I guess what that means is that, despite taking place today, there are people who dress like it's the '70s without explanation. Mixed with this is lots of modern stuff like an aggressive sex scene set to loud music, a couple of awkward gay guys debating going down on each other, and cheap bits of gore that the camera lingers on like they are impressive (they're not). The gay scene is particularly funny with laughable dialogue. The two actors didn't seem to know whether to play it straight or not (no pun intended). Anyway, this is a piece of crap. Avoid it and go watch the original. Warts and all it's at least entertaining, not insulting like this garbage. Oh, I totally buried the lead by talking about this crappy movie so much. The real news is Orion Pictures is back and using the same logo from the '80s.

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