The Town That Dreaded Sun­down (15)

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A hor­ror re­make with a dif­fer­ence, this one, as the plot fol­lows a con­tem­po­rary se­ries of killings echo­ing the orig­i­nal 1976 film.

Di­rec­tor Al­fonso Gomez-Re­jone is clearly a fan of Scream as he takes a post-mod­ern ap­proach full of in-jokes and genre sta­ples.

Ad­di­son Tim­lin does a fine job in the “fi­nal girl” role amid clever nods to the peril of celebrity af­ter she sur­vives the masked killer’s ini­tial at­tack.

Solid sup­port comes cour­tesy of Gary Cole, Veron­ica Cartwright and Joshua Leonard.

It’s no mod­ern hor­ror clas­sic, though, as Gomez-Re­jone and the writ­ers lose the courage of their ear­lier con­vic­tions dur­ing a con­ven­tional, pre­dictable stalk-and-slash fi­nale.

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