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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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In 1946, a hooded serial killer terrorizes the residents of a small Arkansas town.

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Charles B. Pierce

Writer:

Earl E. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... Captain J.D. Morales
Andrew Prine ... Deputy Norman Ramsey
Dawn Wells ... Helen Reed
Jimmy Clem ... Sgt. Mal Griffin
Jim Citty Jim Citty ... Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
Charles B. Pierce ... Patrolman A.C. Benson
Robert Aquino Robert Aquino ... Sheriff Otis Barker
Cindy Butler ... Peggy Loomis
Christine Ellsworth Christine Ellsworth ... Linda Mae Jenkins
Earl E. Smith Earl E. Smith ... Dr. Kress (as Earl E. Smith)
Steve Lyons Steve Lyons ... Roy Allen
Joe Catalanotto Joe Catalanotto ... Eddie LeDoux (as Joe Catalanatto)
Roy Lee Brown Roy Lee Brown ... Rainbow Johnson
Mike Hackworth Mike Hackworth ... Sammy Fuller
Misty West Misty West ... Emma Lou Cook
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Set in the late 40's the residents of Texarkana, Texas are left terrorized by a mysterious hooded killer who is stalking victims during the evening and leaving the local police at a loss. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreaded Sundown See more »

Filming Locations:

Texarkana, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1976
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is a semi-documentary based on the real-life string of mysterious killings that terrorized the people of Texarkana, Texas, in 1946. The murder spree became known as the "Texarkana Moonlight Murders" and ultimately would claim five lives and injure many others. The only description of the killer ever obtained was that of a "hooded man". To this day, no one has been convicted and these murders remain unsolved. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie a graphic is put onto the screen to draw attention to the fictional date of the first attack. The graphic reads, "SUNDAY, MARCH 3". Later, as a lead-in to the second crime, the graphic, "SATURDAY, MARCH 24" appears on the screen. The narrator's voice adds, "Now, it is a rainy Saturday night, March 24, 1946, 21 days after the attack on lover's lane." 21 days from March 3 would indeed be March 24, but it also would be, and was, a Sunday, just as March 3 was. The second graphic and the narrator's script were incorrect. See more »

Quotes

Patrolman A.C. Benson: What the hell is wrong with you, boy? You try that again and the Supreme Court of the United States ain't gonna be able to save your ass!
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True Crime Drama Needed Bigger Budget, Better Screenplay !
7 September 2001 | by Kelt SmithSee all my reviews

I have always maintained that things that could or have actually happened are far scarier (than say space aliens, the undead, Jason etc ). THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN , therefore had a terrific basis for a movie. A series of murders, largely perpetrated on isolated couples on lovers lanes occurred in the town of Texarkana right after WWII. The killer was never caught. Great premise for a thriller ! Unfortunately, the budget, screenplay, and most of the acting is far from worthy. ANDREW PRINE, DAWN WELLS do fairly well with the little they have to work with. BEN JOHNSON, on the other hand, come off like he is royalty visiting The House of Commons. The whole production has the feel of one of the old IN SEARCH OF episodes with LEONARD NIMOY. Aside from the actors mentioned previously, the rest of the cast appears to have been locals with no acting ability, let alone projection.

The movie is scary at times, dull at others. Lackluster would be a good word to describe it. What could have been a very scary motion picture disappoints !


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