I had seen this particular movie on Netflix several times but had never considered watching it until reading an article a few days ago that recommended it. And, since my kids were in bed at a reasonable hour and my wife and I had time, we ended up picking this movie to watch last night as a result of that. As it turns out, my opinion of it was mixed.
When we first started watching this film, I thought it was going to either be a sequel to the 1976 film or a remake. It ended up being the former, but only to a limited extent. Instead, the film acknowledged the 1976 movie (which had the same title) as a fictionalized account of real events and possibly the inspiration of the newest set of murders.
As far as this plot goes, there were actually some things about it I did like. Primarily, I loved the mystery surrounding the newest hooded killer. Since the original murders were more than 6 decades earlier, it was obvious the man in the hood was a copycat. However, the film does a great job keeping his identity secret, mostly because his motives aren't very clear. Is he related to the killer? Is he getting revenge for one of the victims? Or, is he just obsessed with the movie? The last one seemed to make the most sense because the killer was copying it almost exactly. Yet, there was evidence that wasn't necessarily the case and that kept the movie from becoming boring.