I have never seen the original 1976 horror, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, so sadly I cannot compare how the remake stands up to its source material based on the first ever trailer.
However, what I do get from this trailer is that the remake looks very good indeed. The lengthy trailer (two and a half minutes) is filled with some really chilling dialogue, so gruesome killing and a great villain. A few sexy ladies help make the trailer even more exciting, but it is the dialogue, the music and the really sinister atmosphere that wins over here, and this remake actually appears to be a very unique little horror feature.
The remake of the 1976 horror, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, is due to show at the BFI London Film Festival.
Jason Blum (Sinister, Paranormal Activity, Insidious) is producing along with Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) is directing. The cast includes Addison Timlin, Travis Tope, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, and Joshua Leonard.
The BFI festival describes the film:
Drawing inspiration from the 1976 classic of the same name, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s striking debut is not so much a remake as it is a shrewd reinvention, resulting in a genuinely innovative and unexpected meta-horror experience. 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 a striking resemblance to the same Phantom Killer who wreaked havoc on the town decades before. Is history repeating itself? Or has somebody just seen the original film too many times? Perhaps the key to the mystery lies with young high school girl Jami, who must uncover the truth if she wants to survive the carnage.
Meticulously styled with an unmistakable 1970s genre vibe, but with an ultra-modern twist, this is that rare beast – a horror reboot that actually feels like it has been made with horror fans in mind.
And here’s the official synopsis:
Based on a terrifying true story, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up sixty-five years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the “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 the murderer.