The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014)


The Phantom killer once again strikes old-school fear into Texarkana in this meta remake/sequel of the 1976 film of the same name.  The 1976 version of The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a film that I’ve tried to watch more than a few times (more than a few drunk) and I just couldn’t get into it.  I normally dig on cult flicks, but I just wasn’t feeling the original due to a lack of it being an unfocused mess of a film that isn’t scary or entertaining in any way at all. As with most films based on a true story (yes this is actually a true story) the creators play fast and loose with quite a bit of the facts concerning the story of the Phantom Killer, who claimed eight lives between the months of February and May of 1976.  Despite the film not being very good (or perhaps because of) it does has a cult following, and evidently part of it’s fan base is one Ryan Murphy — yes, the Ryan Murphy who created American Horror Story series, and the more terrifying Glee. Continue reading