“THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN” To Premiere at BFI London Film Festival; First ImagesNews Samuel Zimmerman
Calling it a “fiendishly clever riff” on Charles B. Pierce’s beloved 1976 original, the BFI London Film Festival has announced the world premiere of the Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy-produced, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN.
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN 2014 is the feature debut of Gomez-Rejon, whose breakout, stylish work on AMERICAN HORROR STORY surely puts interest in this film far above “just another remake.” Also upping the intrigue is that this redo seems to take its cues from the offbeat, unsettling, meta-textual end of Pierce’s docudrama-horror as the original film very much exists in this new iteration. BFI writes:
Drawing inspiration from the 1976 classic of the same name, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s striking debut is not so much a remake as it is a shrewd reinvention, resulting in a genuinely innovative and unexpected meta-horror experience. Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet streets of Texerkana plagued by a maniac who bears striking resemblance to the same Phantom Killer who wreaked havoc on the town decades before. Is history repeating itself? Or has somebody just seen the original film too many times? Perhaps the key to the mystery lies with a young high school girl Jami, who must uncover the truth if she wants to survive the carnage. Meticulously styled with an unmistakable 1970s genre vibe, but with an ultra-modern twist, this is that rare beast; a horror reboot that actually feels like it has been made with horror fans in mind.
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN premieres October 14th as part of the BFI London Film Festival’s Cult Program. Also included in such is upcoming TIFF premiere CUB, spelunking horror IN DARKNESS WE FALL, the acclaimed IT FOLLOWS and Danish werewolf film WHEN ANIMALS DREAM. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit BFI.