Some 65 years after a small town on the border between Arkansas and Texas experienced a series of brutal murders, the annual Halloween showing of a horror film about those heinous deeds sparks a new wave of knife-thrusting terror. Although neatly framed to explore the way cinema imitates and perpetuates violence, Gomez-Regon’s hurting heroine is a little too meek to inspire our sympathies and his baddies too average to elicit more than a mild shudder.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Regon (USA 2014) with Addison Trimlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson. Starts April 9
Originally published in issue #137, April 2015