Welcome to Freaky Friday, our ongoing series that highlights our extensive, awesome collection of free horror movies on Tubi TV. Whether you like slasher sequels, moody foreign films, or gore-filled comedies, we’ve got the film for your tastes. This week, we’re sharing 2014 creeper The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Want to have trouble falling asleep tonight? Here you go:
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) is a meta-sequel to the 1976 film of the same name. It even begins with a drive-in screening of the original movie that told the story of the Phantom Killer, who murdered people in and around the small town back in the ’40s. The Phantom Killer strikes again in 2014, bringing fear back to Texarkana. This movie is loosely based on a true story, which makes it even more horrific. It was also featured on an episode of true crime podcast My Favorite Murder.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown was the feature directorial debut of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who had previously worked in TV, including Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. Murphy is also a producer here, as is horror king Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Productions have been behind some of the biggest genre hits such as Get Out, Split, and the Insidious, Sinister, and The Purge franchises. Gomez-Rejon next helmed the quirky Sundance dramedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (a totally logical move).
Plenty of familiar faces appear here, including Aliens‘ (and general genre MVP) Veronica Cartwright, Black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson, Office Space‘s Gary Cole, and AHS‘s Denis O’Hare. It was also one of the final roles for Gilmore Girls‘ Edward Hermann.