Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Yes, the female protagonist (played by Addison Timlin) is basically the traditional “last girl” of the horror genre moved to the center of the film. But that means that she is in charge of her own story, and her story isn’t just about trying to survive but about actively trying to solve the mystery of who wants her dead. So this is a positive move for the genre.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Town That Dreaded Sundown! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Town That Dreaded Sundown.