Town That Dreaded Sundown, The

Featured In Issue 199, September 2015

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Based on the true story derived by the 1976 cult-classic film directed by Charles B. Pierce, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the brutal “Moonlight Murders” suddenly begin again. While on a trip to Lovers' Lane, 17-year-old Jami (Timlin) watches as her date is brutally slain by a masked killer. Barely escaping with her life, Jami becomes obsessed with finding the killer referred to as “The Phantom.” As the body count mounts and the carnage comes closer, Jami delves deeper into the mystery with the help of the town archivist Nick (Tope), following clues that point her toward the killer's true identity. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the trailer.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is stylized in particular scenes and provides an intriguing visual experience. The color palette is nicely saturated with vibrant and rich hues and natural fleshtones. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The cinematography is definitely creative, with contrasting highlights and backgrounds. Resolution is effectively revealing of fine details in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a terrific visual experience, though, the imagery is often intense. (Gary Reber

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is often frontal focused with predominant dialogue. The dialogue is generally well integrated spatially. Atmospherics and sound effects are more prominent during the more intense scenes, but some scenes deliver delicate atmospherics and sound effects. Of course, in the vicious scenes of murder the sonics are heightened with extended surround activity. The music score is varied and well recorded throughout, and provides surround energy during the more engaging scenes, as well as deep bass in the .1 LFE channel. This is a surprisingly engaging sonic experience, which is sure to please fans of the cult classic. (Gary Reber)