It’s been nearly 40 years since the town of Texarkana was terrorized on the big screen in Charles B. Pierce’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown, but now the Phantom Killer is back thanks to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy.
There’s bound to be skepticism when you’re getting a sequel to a film almost four decades later, but this new trailer actually plays well enough. Hit the jump to check out The Town That Dreaded Sundown trailer. The film is set to premiere at Fantastic Fest after which it’ll hit Beyond Fest and the London Film Festival before it arrives in theaters on October 16th.
The piece is incredibly exposition-heavy at the beginning, which is unfortunate because based on the footage in the quick-cutting montage at the tail end of the trailer, there could have been so many more interesting ways to explain what’s going on in this town rather than having nameless characters come right out and say it. However, if you make it through all of the plodding scary story nonsense and hit the point where the music kicks in, the piece actually gives the impression that this new The Town That Dreaded Sundown could offer a fun, B-movie thrill.
Here’s the synopsis for The Town That Dreaded Sundown:
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.