I know that I have written on the reboot of the The Town That Dreaded Sundown before, but since the original has just turned up on Netflix, I though I’d throw something together. If you’re into horror movies, it’s worth checking out because it’s a pretty good movie, though another reason is that if you intend to catch the upcoming reboot, it would be good to see the original first, for comparison’s sake.
What’s always creeped me out about it is that you see the killer quite a bit–though never his face. It’s an acknowledgement that he moved around with a degree of impunity that only a person who was local, and by extension known to the community, could.
And as far as I am aware he was never caught, though for whatever reason the killings stopped.
The movie also has a narrator, which reminds me of the approach taken during certain parts of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s not a particularly gory movie, though the filmmakers do a good job of crafting the atmosphere of a small American town held tightly in the grip of fear.
Another thing that I enjoy about the movie is while a lot that you see on the screen is based on speculation, there’s no attempt to glorify or make him any scarier than he already is.