Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The original THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN isn't very well known outside of cinephile and genre nut circles, but it was essentially a proto-slasher. Based on true events, the flick filmed in the same locations where the series of unsolved murders unfolded three decades previous. A cloth sacked faceless killer was depicted years before Jason hid his face with a sack in Friday the 13th Part II.
It's an odd title to remake, but Ryan Murphy is producing it alongside Jason Blum. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct from a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
What's interesting is that they're taking a meta approach to the remake. In the world of this movie the 1976 TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN was made and this film centers on a young girl who survives a copycat attack during the town's annual tribute screening of the 1976 film.
That girl will be played by CALIFORNICATION's Addison Timlin, according to Deadline. She'll be investigating who this copycat is and why he/she/it are recreating the killings. The big question: are they copying the original 1946 Moonlight Murders, the 1976 film's depictions of these murder or a combination of the two?
It's a weird project, but weird doesn't necessarily mean bad. Very curious to see how this one comes out.