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  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Blu-ray Revie

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    Release Date: July 7, 2015 (Best Buy Exclusive until Sept 8th) Region Code: A Running Time: 1:26:24 Audio: English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks Video: 1080P (2.40:1 Aspect Ratio) Subtitles: English SDH THE FILM: 65 years after a series of brutal slayings terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the “Moonlight Murders” suddenly begin again. While on a trip to Lovers’ Lane, 17-year-old Jami (Addison Timlin) watches as her date is brutally slain by a masked serial killer. Barely escaping with her life, she becomes obsessed with finding the man referred to as "The Phantom." As the body count climbs and the carnage comes closer, Jami delves deeper into the mystery, following clues that point her toward the killer’s true identity. I have seen this film referred to as a remake, reboot, sequel and meta-sequel by various people and websites. I think of it as a sequel or maybe those that say meta-sequel are right. Who knows. This film is very different from its predecessor in that this is more of a straight up slasher. The kills are violent, bloody and most definitely mean spirited... which I loved! The one thing this doesn't quite have that the previous film had, is the creepiness. The 1976 movie with its documentary style shooting was downright eerie at times. But I'm not complaining because the two films are a nice contrast with each offering something different. The film was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) and stars Addison Timlin (Californication, Odd Thomas), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish, The Shield), Gary Cole (Office Space), Edward Herrman (The Lost Boys), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story, True Blood), and Veronica Cartwright (Alien. Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1978) AUDIO: The English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track did a fine job with a good balance of sound effects and dialogue. I did not notice any issues with the sound. There are also English SDH subtitles available. VIDEO: "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" (2014) comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Image Entertainment with a 1080p transfer and 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio. PLEASE NOTE that the following negative aspects I mention are also present in the version playing on Netflix. So I can only surmise that they are a result of how this was filmed. In well lit scenes the image looks good and at times has very good fine detail. However in darker scenes, which is most of the film, the image tends to be a bit soft, with less detail. It's to be expected to see more detail in brighter shots but it seemed like a significant difference. My biggest complaint is the halo and bright glowing effect of many of the lights in the film. I found them to be distracting and very displeasing in some scenes. Below are two examples. Both pictures are from Netflix where the same issue exists (I do not have a BD drive in my computer to take screenshots of the Blu-ray). Anyhow, in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor annoyance as most of the film is fairly dark or at least does not have such odd lighting effects. Again... this was found on the Netflix version as well so I do not hold the Blu-ray at fault here. SPECIAL FEATURES: Sadly, only a trailer is to be found on the disc. The disc does at least have a Chapter Selection Screen. But that is all. IN CONCLUSION: The Blu-ray may be underwhelming as far as special features are concerned but I believe its low price makes up for it. I enjoyed the film and think slasher fans will as well. If slashers aren't your thing you may enjoy the 1976 film instead but should still give this one a chance. The Best Buy exclusive only contains a Blu-ray disc, no DVD, in case you were wondering. It did come with a slipcover for those interested. OVERALL RATING: 3/5

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A must See!

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    I had never heard of this movie, until I read about it in a horror magazine. If you like totally strange you'll love this movie. This is a remake the original is a must see as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Don't go out after sundown

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    As a huge fan of the original, I was pretty skeptical about this film. I figured it was simply another re-make where the gore and nudity would be amped up, but nothing of interest added to the story. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, which isn't a remake at all, and while the gore and nudity are amped up, the story presented is pretty strong and interesting. As the film opens, the town of Texarkana is celebrating Halloween with the annual showing of the Charles B. Pierce film "The Town that Dreaded Sundown", a schlocky 1970's horror film which showcased the murders of the Phantom, a hooded killer that stalked the town's lovers lane, and seemingly disappeared. Two teens decide to leave the drive-in and make the mistake of heading straight to the local lovers' lane, where the are immediately attacked by a hooded figure. It seems the a new Phantom Killer is back in Texarkana to carry on the killing spree. I like that the filmmakers built on the Phantom Killer legacy, and treated the original film with respect. They didn't sacrifice suspense for all out gore either, as there are several tense scenes throughout the film. The supporting cast is great; Ed Lauter. Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole and the late Edward Hermann. The only thing keeping me from giving this film 5 stars is the incredibly stupid ending. The final 10 minutes almost derail the entire film with it's "Urban Legend" like over-explanation. I was so irritated at the ending, I almost knocked this down to a 2 star review...but the preceding 80 minutes were just too good. So I will strongly urge viewers to watch and enjoy....but be prepared for a disappointing ending.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent update of/homage to classic cult horror

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    Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's 2014 TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN is half-remake & half-sequel. It seems that with all the remakes of the last 10 years or so, there are also appearing some prequels & sequels that simply bear the same name as the original. So that's pretty useless. Fortunately, the other one that comes to mind, THE THING, was a very competent, well-told prequel; certainly worth watching (especially if you chase it with John Carpenter's original). The movie in question here is a prequel that sets itself up as based on true events. Like the 70s original. But in this case, the original flick is referenced & the killer is wreaking havoc in present day Texarkana. He seems to be a copycat killer & the original TOWN is constantly being watched & shown. Seems like it might be pretty derivitive, I know. But thanks to fun appearances by genre favorites (Gary Cole, Ed Lauter, Veronica Cartwright, Edward Herrmann) & an entertaining enough mystery plot wherein our "final girl" obsessively attempts to find the identity of the killer, this version of THE THOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN works well enough to be quite fun! My only complaint is the Scooby-Doo unveling scene, a sort of whimpy element that SCREAM seems to have left as an "important" element to slasher flicks; there's gotta be too much blah-blah-blah explanation from the deranged maniac. Know one cares.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great remake!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Awesome remake of a horror classic, and it’s based on a true story.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    An interesting take on the original

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    Overall not a bad movie, but with that said not a great movie either. I definitely suggest checking out the original Town That Dreaded Sun Down considering it in my opinion is a classic. With that said this reboot, remake whatever you want to call it actually surprised me. I was a bit skeptical when it was first announced because they made it like it could be the original killer, but if you do the math the dude would be WAY to old! After watching it I think they put an interesting spin on the story and made a decent movie. So for those looking for a different spin on the original or a fan of horror suspense I would say give this one a shot.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Underrated Slasher!

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    This film is extremely underrated. This is a really fun and sadistic slasher film that really carries that old school feel. Not a remake and not exactly a sequel, this film is pretty unique in its connection to the original, and that in itself makes it worth the view. The Blu-Ray is top notch, with a really nice picture presentation, and the audio has some great surrounds. I think you'll agree this is a great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent remake, bare-bones blu-ray

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    The original movie is kind of a revolutionary one in horror/slasher history, and it's pretty good. This remake is also pretty good. I think as far as remakes go, it goes about it in a really creative and interesting way. I think both the original and this remake are each worth about a 7/10. The blu-ray has good picture quality and sound, but no bonus features.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun and entertaining movie

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    Nothing ground breaking here, but it was overall a fun and entertaining flick. It was more fast-paced and gory than the original (which can be good or bad depending on your opinion). It could stand alone and be appreciated even if you were not a fan of the original or it you have never viewed the original. Overall recommended for horror fans!

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good

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    This is a semi-remake/sequel to the original. The original Town Taht Dreaded Sundown was inspired by the real murders in Texarkana, while the remake was inspired by concerns that the original would inspire copycats. Overall, it's good in terms of a slasher movie.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great horror.

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    I was very happy this was a best buy exclusive this movie was great not to many good horror movies out this is one of the few that is really good the downside for this release is there's no special features other then that great but at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sequel !! Esp to older fans of the original.

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    Great updated remake. New fresh ideas to an older, obviously creepy, original movie. Def ties in and explains the "age gap" between the two films. A must see for fans of that genre of films and for fans of that movie itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Throwback Horror

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    This reboot/sequel/remake of the classic film had me sort of confused on what its intention was, however, it was still a fun way to spend 90 minutes. And the low price makes it all that much more appealing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not A Remake

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    I went into the film thinking this was a remake. It is more like a straight up sequel to the one about thirty years ago. This one has closure that the first did not, but the lead actress in this was pretty bad.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Eye-Candy but predictable

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    This remake takes an unusual angle by including its original predecessor as part of the plot. Visually astonishing but weak in development. A nice horror-slasher flick for the fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Movie

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    This follow up to the original is a good movie for a low budget film. Pays respect to the original, while having original story. A good pick up for a cheap price

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A good horror flick

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    I enjoyed this movie. Some good kill scenes. I never saw the original but this was a good watch. I got it for $5. Definitely think it's worth that price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad

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    I'm a big fan of the first movie. I thought this was a re-make but it wasn't. It actually occurs 65 years after the original murders take place. It had it's moments, sort of like copycat murders. Not a movie that I would watch again though I have watched the original numerous times. Still, this one is worth a least a viewing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    another remake

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    but this one i truly enjoyed. and it's really a sequel

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great sequel

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    I wasn't expecting much going into this movie but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the atmosphere and look of the film. Camera and lighting are top notch. I thought the way they weaved the original movie into the plot was very creative. It has a some suspenseful moments and a few violent attack scenes.

    I would recommend this to a friend