Movie Review: ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ 2014

February 2, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:


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In the 2014 movie ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ a killer strikes sixty five years after a series of murders rocked the small town of Texarkana . The original 1976 movie was said to have been based on the true story of the 1946 killings tagged as “The Moonlight Murders” . They were also referred to as “The Phantom Murders”.

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 The 1976 poster

In the 2014 movie the murders have started again, copying the original killings and the 1976 movie that was made about them. And a teenage girl maybe the only key to catching the killer.

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Addison Timlin (Stand Up Guys) plays the tough young girl Jamie. Jamie’s grandmother is played by Veronica Cartwright (Alien). Funny guy, Anthony Anderson (Transformers) plays the serious role of Detective Lone Wolf Morales.Joshua Leonard is Deputy Foster, who watches over Jamie. The Chief is played by Gary Cole (Pineapple Express). Edward Herremann (The Wolf Of Wall Street) has the role of Reverend Cartwright, the spiritual leader of the town. Ed Lauter, who starred in ‘The Number 23’ and ‘Shameless’ , has the role of Sheriff Underwood.

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The screen play for ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Earl E. Smith. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed the film.

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I won’t lie, I didn’t expect much from this movie. To be 100% honest I have been putting of watching it for a while. Tonight I couldn’t find anything else I haven’t seen on Netflix Streaming. I was pleasantly surprised. ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ was pretty good. The movie kept me guessing who the killer could be and I didn’t see the end coming. The story line was unique and it wasn’t a movie I felt I had seen a hundred times before. The movie had a good speed. All and all I enjoyed it.

You can find ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ in most stores and online, as well as on Netflix.


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