Back in November, we learned that MGM was looking to make a new version of the 1976 horror classic The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Ryan Murphy (creator of American Horror Story) has just announced that Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is currently in talks to direct the upcoming remake with Murphy and Jason Blum producing.
The original film, directed by Charles B. Pierce, was loosely based on five unsolved murders attributed to the Phantom Killer during three months in 1946 in and around the city of Texarkana on the border between Texas and Arkansas. Pierce shot large parts of the movie in and around Texarkana with extras recruited from local residents.
With MGM already behind the upcoming remake of Carrie, it seems like an odd choice to be going from one of horror’s all-time classics to a film like The Town That Dreaded Sundown as their next project to get the remake treatment.
I included the original trailer below and the amount of scratches and grain in it is absolutely amazing. Whoever gets stuck with the job of restoring this film for blu-ray has one hell of a job ahead of them.