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Ryan Murphy reveals remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown and American Horror Story 3 details

01.18.2013

Ryan Murphy, creator of GLEE and AMERICAN HORROR STORY, is working to develop a remake of the cult classic THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN. The Hollywood Reporter says Murphy and Jason Blum will be producing the remake at MGM with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Second Unit director for BABEL and ARGO) making his feature debut directing from a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (CARRIE).

The original film was released in 1976, and told the story of a serial killer dubbed the Phantom Killer murdered several people, throwing communities into fear. He was never caught. The film was made in a documentary style which will be retained for the found footage remake.

This sounds like an interesting project. While I am getting a little tired of found footage films, if done right they truly can be as scary as any standard narrative movie.

Murphy has had an interest in horror which has served him well on the first two seasons of AMERICAN HORROR STORY. I have enjoyed both seasons very much, especially the performances of Jessica Lange. While it is already known Lange will be back for the third season, Murphy has also confirmed Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will be back. Rumors are swirling that the next season will switch the story to a Southern locale and take more of a Gothic approach.

Murphy shed some light on what to expect in Season 3: "We want to have some new people come in and some [Season 1] people come back," said Murphy. "I'm also interested in getting into a horror romance. That's certainly something that's going to be in the water for season three. You're going to see a very different tone in season three, but that's the joy of the show. I think as a person right now I do feel lighter and wanting to embrace something a bit more fun."

Both projects should turn out well. AMERICAN HORROR STORY will return around Halloween 2013. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN has no release date yet.

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3:32AM on 01/19/2013
I like the original movie a lot, and I wouldn't mind a remake if it were able to retain the creepyness the original had at times. With maybe adding some "better" kills. But this found footage garbage has got to stop! It can work well from time to time, for certain movies. But when studios come to rely on this method because it is mostly cheap (and trendy these days) it's just bad.
I like the original movie a lot, and I wouldn't mind a remake if it were able to retain the creepyness the original had at times. With maybe adding some "better" kills. But this found footage garbage has got to stop! It can work well from time to time, for certain movies. But when studios come to rely on this method because it is mostly cheap (and trendy these days) it's just bad.
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11:51PM on 01/18/2013
American Horror Story is overrated. I get my horror fix from The Walking Dead and soon The Following.
American Horror Story is overrated. I get my horror fix from The Walking Dead and soon The Following.
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6:34PM on 01/19/2013
The Following looks great. I'd say the Walking Dead is more overrated than American Horror Story, but that's just my opinion.
The Following looks great. I'd say the Walking Dead is more overrated than American Horror Story, but that's just my opinion.
10:25PM on 01/18/2013

Damn I really don't care...

Just as long as lange and peter's is back. And keep coming back. I hope the show doesn't lose it's edge and gore too thats what makes it interesting.
Just as long as lange and peter's is back. And keep coming back. I hope the show doesn't lose it's edge and gore too thats what makes it interesting.
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8:22PM on 01/18/2013

A bit more fun?

I hope this doesn't mean we'll be seeing soft comedy in place of the horrors that viewers have experienced with Season Two.
I hope this doesn't mean we'll be seeing soft comedy in place of the horrors that viewers have experienced with Season Two.
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6:28PM on 01/18/2013
I'd love if they bring back the young maid from season 1. Good God, she's hot.
I'd love if they bring back the young maid from season 1. Good God, she's hot.
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5:58PM on 01/18/2013

Lange is in Season 3.

Jessica Lange was already confirmed for the third season of "AHS". Loving the second so far, and happy that Paulson's returning, as she's nearly as compelling as Lange. Here's hoping Lily Rabe returns as well.
Jessica Lange was already confirmed for the third season of "AHS". Loving the second so far, and happy that Paulson's returning, as she's nearly as compelling as Lange. Here's hoping Lily Rabe returns as well.
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