Two years ago for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I covered the film The Town That Dreaded Sundown which based off of a true story of a killer never found or arrested. So for today’s film, I saw that SYFY was airing the sequel of sorts as part of their 31 Days Of Halloween Marathon. In this version, it has been over 60 years since the original murders and almost 40 years since the film was made. The town of Texarkana now watches the film as some part of a tradition until Jami (Addison Timlin) watches her boyfriend get killed by a man in the mask. Now the murders are starting to occur in almost the same fashion as they did in the film and Jami tries to unlock the truth behind the murders hoping to find out who the killer is. The film also stars Gary Cole (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) as Chief Deputy Tillman, Veronica Cartwright (The Birds) as Lillian, Anthony Anderson (The Departed) as Lone Wolf Morales, Travis Tope (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Nick, Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project) as Deputy Foster, Edward Herrmann (The Lost Boys) as Rev Cartwright, Ed Lauter (The Number 23) as Sheriff Underwood, Andy Abele (Looper) as Sackhead, and the film was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl).
The question I had going in really was the film a remake or a sequel to the original 1976 version? It’s an interesting question and after seeing the film I would say that it was a requel (remake –> sequel) because the film isn’t based in 1976 and they acknowledge in the film that the killer would be very dead by now or at least super old. The killer in this film basically is a copy cat to the film version of the killer. Every kill he makes is based on the 1976 film as he copies them. I love the element of surprise that you find at the end when the true killer is revealed to us cause you won’t see it coming. The only thing that was confusing in this film was that it’s based in 2013 and some actors clothing seemed straight out of the seventies, but other than that everything else was fine. I thought having Anthony Anderson in the film was going to take away from it, but he actually didn’t. The same could have been said for Gary Cole, but he did an amazing job in the film. My favorite kill of the film would have to go to the Trombone/knife kill that was done in the original film, but in this one it’s to a gay couple. If you didn’t catch it earlier today then never fear cause it’ll air again tonight and I am sure you can find it online as well. This was a pretty enjoyable slasher flick to watch that has that Nancy Drew thing to it with our main character. So with all of that being said, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.