‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ Remake Casts Unknown

The Town that Dreaded Sundown

Here’s a late afternoon news brief coming via Hollywood Reporter.

Young newcomer Travis Tope, pictured below, has booked the male lead opposite Addison Timlin in MGM’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum are producing the remake of a 1976 horror thriller which is being directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

The story centers on a rural Texarkana town that was stalked by a serial killer in 1946. The maniac was never caught and in 2013, he comes back.

Timlin plays a young high schooler being raised by her grandmother who’s targeted by the mysterious killer. Tope will play a classmate who befriends Timlin’s character, and decides to make a documentary about the search for the killer.

The pic begins shooting in May in Louisiana.

 
  • Aaron Emery

    66 years later, he comes back!
    The original is not something I would ever think about revisiting, IMO it was a fairly awful film. I’m not sure how much a remake can improve on that without making a completely different film. I don’t see where the studios made sense out of this one, not just from a creative point but from the business aspect it doesn’t make much sense either. ‘Town that Dreaded Sundown’ isn’t really well enough known to have the brand recognition that other remakes have going for them.

    • djblack1313

      but Aaron, the fact the original isn’t really well known is exactly WHY this is a (possibly) good thing as far as a remake goes. i’d rather them remake lesser known/obscure or just outright bad movies as opposed to remaking already awesome/good movies.

      • Aaron Emery

        That’s true. I’m just trying to figure out where it makes sense from a business perspective.

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          It’s kind of exciting, though. It seems like the people behind this may actually want to make a cool new version of this lesser known film rather than remake another well known classic and make money off of the name recognition. Plus, is this really a remake? I’ve been hearing stuff about this involving an attack or something at a screening of the original film. Kind of sounds like a “Scream 4″ type of thing, where the original “Town” is like a “Stab” film and a new real murder spree begins.

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          It’s kind of exciting to me, though. It seems like the people behind this may actually want to make a cool new version of this lesser known film rather than remake another well known classic and make money off of the name recognition. Plus, is this really a remake? I’ve been hearing stuff about this involving an attack or something at a screening of the original film. Kind of sounds like a “Scream 4″ type of thing, where the original “Town” is like a “Stab” film and a new real murder spree begins.

          • WalkWithMeInDarkness

            Shit, sorry, didn’t mean to post this twice.

  • DarrelDreadful

    I never seen the original but if it was indeed awful, well I think its smart to remake it. I always leaned more on the side that awful horror movies from the past should be remade and improved while the better ones should just be left alone. If aint broke, why fix it? If it is broke, well then fix the damn thing. I could always go for a good slasher movie.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I agree. I’ve said this before, but I’d like to see Curtains and The Burning be remade, not that they’re awful films, I just think they could be done a lot better.

      • DarrelDreadful

        Completely agree with you on The Burning! When I was little, it was the first horror film to stick with me and give me nightmares because of one(!) scene, that I could always remember so perfectly, it haunted me for years. I recently found it on Netflix and was so glad I remember it being that I only had seen it one time before. Not a terrible film but could be improved tremendously because it seriously just had a lot of missed opportunities and just doesn’t feel complete. I really miss all the “campy” camp slasher films from back in the day. Even though they were rip offs from each other, they all felt like classics in their own right lol

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          Yeah,I miss those kind of movies, too. What’s the scene that haunted you for years? Is it the canoe massacre?

      • djblack1313

        i agree on both CURTAINS & THE BURNING!! but if they remake CURTAINS they must MUST use that same old hag mask (the killer wears)!! that mask was fucking scary as hell.

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          Hell yes, the hag mask is one of the scariest fucking masks in any slasher movie. I’d love to see that up on the big screen, along with a recreation of the ice skating scene.