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NYCC ’14: Screenwriter says “TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN” remake is a “hardcore” R

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At this past weekend’s New York Comic-Con, FANGORIA caught up with film, TV and comics scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who promised that the TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN remake he penned and that hits theaters this week has not toned things down.

“People who’ve seen it have said that it’s even more violent and disturbing than the original,” Aguirre-Sacasa (a former Fango intern) tells us. “It’s pretty hardcore; it’s a serious slasher movie.”

Opening this Thursday, October 16 from MGM under the newly revived Orion Pictures banner, TOWN is set in present-day Texarkana, where the 1977 Charles B. Pierce-directed TOWN, about the Phantom Killer who terrorized the area in the ’40s, is screened every Halloween. Aguirre-Sacasa’s story is told from the point of view of Jami (Addison Timlin), who survives the first in a series of attacks by a new Phantom. Bucking current trends, the writer says, there was no pressure to conform the mayhem to PG-13 levels.

“From the get-go, we knew this was going to be an R movie,” he says. “You know, there was some early talk about ‘Maybe this is PG-13,’ and they were like, ‘Well, here are the 18 things you can’t have in a PG-13 movie,’—and we realized we had every single one of them. So it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, if we take this out, it’ll be PG-13’; the whole thing is R.”

Look for more words from Aguirre-Sacasa about TOWN and his other current projects, including the SABRINA comic reboot, the AMERICAN PSYCHO musical and the film adaptation of the novel NIGHT FILM, at this site tomorrow!

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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