Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

Starring: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, and Anthony Anderson

Homicidal Maniac: Andy Abele as Sackhead

Run time: 1:26:00

Quick Synopsis:  Sixty-five years after the Moonlight Murders, the murders appear to have started again in the small town of Texarkana.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown was definitely a pleasant surprise.  Instead of taking the route of a pure remake, the filmmakers decided to walk between the lines of remake and sequel, similar to the approach taken by Scream 4.  The Scream series as whole was obviously an inspiration for the film (The original The Town That Dreaded Sundown was referenced in Scream).  Some may argue that they ripped off some things from the series, however, I do not feel the same way.  The irony of calling anything a rip-off of Scream is the fact that the men behind Scream acknowledged that the film used scenes from many films to pay homage to the horror genre.  That is what is going on The Town That Dreaded Sundown.  The acting is nothing special, but decent for a slasher.  The story is pretty simplistic, but it creates an enjoyable watch.  There was good flow and kept me entertained the entire film.  There was an unnecessary twist at the end of the film, however, it didn't frustrate me like some other movies that I have reviewed.  Something about this movie just put me in a good mood.  Part of it may have been the cinematography that had an old school slasher feel to it.  Even the blood just had a classic feel to it.  The Town That Dreaded Sundown is an entertaining awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: While the film is perceived as a remake by most, the film really is much closer to being a sequel in my opinion.

Hidden Gem: There is a character in the film who is the son of the original The Town Who Dreaded Sundown director Charles B. Pierce.  He is played by Denis O'Hare.  There is a really a Charles Pierce Jr. who is the same age as O'Hare and has been in a few films. 

Total Kill Count: 17
Corey???- Spencer Treat Clark??? (9:00) Stabbed in the Back Repeatedly Gore Rating: 6
Danny- Wes Chatham (20:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 6
Kendra- Morganna Bridgers (21:00) Stabbed Repeatedly Gore Rating: 8
Paul- Colby Boothman-Shepard (39:00) Shot Gore Rating: 2
Johnny- Jaren Mitchell (44:00) Shot in the Head Gore Rating: 7
Roy- Kurt Krause (44:00) Stabbed in Back with Trombone Gore Rating: 8
Jami's Mother- Katie Little (47:00) Car Accident Gore Rating: 4
Jami's Father- Michael McCormick (47:00) Car Accident Gore Rating: 4
Deputy Tillman- Gary Cole (54:00) Shot in the Eye Gore Rating: 7
Ardele- Lanee Landry (55:00) Stabbed Repeatedly Gore Rating: 4
Hank- Nathaniel Holt (58:00) Cut Into Sections Offscreen Gore Rating: 4
Gas Station Geezer- Jeremy Ambler (1:11:00) Shot Gore Rating: 5
Gas Station Cashier (1:12:00) Shot in Head Gore Rating: 3
Lillian- Veronica Cartwright (1:12:00) Shot in the Neck Gore Rating: 6
Nick- Travis Tope (1:14:00) Cut into Sectons Gor Rating: 6
Corey- Spencer Treat Clark (1:17:00) Shot in the Head Gore Rating: 3
Deputy Foster- Joshua Leonard (1:18:00) Shot in the Head Gore Rating: 3

             Horror Film: 7
             Entertainment: 8
             Gore: 7
             Overall: 7.25