Up until Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of 1976’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown last May, the low-budget indie flick was pretty damn obscure, only available up to that point on VHS. Then again, even today it’s still a fairly obscure little film, which is why it’s somewhat surprising that a remake is soon headed out of Texarkana.
Though it was originally announced some time ago, it’s been a while since we’ve had anything to report about the remake, and today two images from the film have surfaced, giving us our very first look at the masked ‘Phantom Killer.’
The original film, directed by the late Charles B. Peirce, was inspired by Texarkana’s ‘Moonlight Murders,’ which saw an unidentified killer claiming eight victims between February and May of 1946. To this day, the so-called Phantom Killer’s identity has never been discovered, a fact that serves as the basis for the modern day remake.
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and produced by Jason Blum & American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) centers on a high school girl named Mary, who survives a copycat massacre at the original film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past.
Check out the first images from the meta remake below, which doesn’t yet have an official release date attached to it.