The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) – Review

Inspired by the original 1976 movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown and the real “moonlight murders” in 1946, this splatter movie is about a masked serial killer who seems to find pleasure in murdering couples during their moments of intimacy. A deadly attack in Lover’s lane marks the beginning of his violent murders and spreads terror in the suburban town of Texarkana. Zodiac much?

The Blumhouse Productions company proudly presents the newest version of The Town That Dreaded Sundown and increase their filmography with one more horror movie among others, such as Sinister, Oculus, The Purge, Paranormal Activity and Ouija.

The story is really simple. It takes place in a small town between Texas and Arkansas, where a series of brutal murders inflicted terror and pain in the hearts of people 65 years ago. The blue-eyed Phantom Killer became a legend – and the Boogeyman – of the area and his acts of violence were turned into a movie called The Town That Dreaded Sundown, which is shown every year during Halloween.

The entire community is shaken when a copycat killer begins to terrorize the small town once again and comes into the foreground with a series of gruesome murders that resemble those of the Phantom killer. Jami (Addison Timlin) is the lead actress and sole survivor of his first deadly attack and is forced to live a life with the haunting memories of her boyfriend’s death.

She is a vulnerable and yet curious character, who despite the torturous moments in the killer’s hands is determined to discover his true identity. There is an interesting mystery behind the identity of the killer and the talented director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (also known for directing the successful TV series American Horror Story and Glee), is deliberately trying to give a wide range of possible villains. Is it the blue-eyed cop with the intense look in his eyes? Or is it the quiet library guy who has a shy crush on Jami? To make things even more tricky, Gomez-Rejon choose to have an all blue-eyed male cast. Was it successful? Kind of. The killer’s true identity comes as a weird surprise.  It’s a twist that you probably won’t expect and that’s a plus for the story.

Of course, I must make an honorable mention to Anthony Anderson who really surprises us with his appearance as Lone Wolf Morales, the hardcore good cop, who is called in to help with the killer’s arrest. Even though I do like him as an actor, he didn’t seem to fit well into the plot and frankly his role was not of great importance.

We are surely entertained by the graphic bloodbath that follows each of the killer’s attacks and thankfully the action starts rather quickly. What’s good about it is that there are no pointless time-killers and annoying tropes spoiling the fun, which is very important especially when it comes to a story so widely used in the past.  Alfonso Gomez-Rejon tried to de-emphasize the flaws and create a suspenseful horror movie that won’t bore with cliché characters and settings.

And to quote Colin Clive in Frankenstein: It’s Alive! It’s Alive! 6/10. Only because it’s been a really long time since I last enjoyed a splatter movie even a little bit.

5 Responses to “The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) – Review”
  1. I’ve been meaning to watch this, it looks interesting. This is the first review I’ve read about it and it seems you have a mixed opinion. I’ll probably watch it over the weekend 🙂


  2. thycriticman says:

    I found this decent enough. Kind of bored me that he mostly kills random characters who we couldn’t give a shit about. The twist was also quite awful! I really wanted more of Anderson’s character as he was a lot more fun to watch than the actual leads.

    Otherwise, it was fun slasher goodness!


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    • maria kriva says:

      MERRYYYY CHRISTMASSSSSS LOUIEEEE!!! 🙂 Hope you had an amazing day!!!

      The twist was really bad, it kind of reminded me of the 90s horror movies! But I agree, overall it was quite decent, even though I feel that some parts of the story were really boring!!


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