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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 Texas town.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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In 1946 this man killed five people... Today he still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Ark. See more »


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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

While 'based on a true story', the film's creative liberties stray so far from the real events, Dr. Robert Kerr, a Texarkana journalist, wrote about the movie, "Poetic license has rarely been stretched so thin" and described the film as "Total fiction." See more »

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At the very beginning, during the quick wedding scene, the extra that plays the now husband is obviously waiting for his cue to come out of the church, as he's looking down with a serious expression, while everybody else is at least smiling or doing something to act like it was a wedding. 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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Referenced in Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain (2003) See more »

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He still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas.
29 January 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Another chilling docu-thriller from director Charles B. Pierce (who made The Ledgend of Boggy Creek in 1972), this film being his best!

It's 1946, in the small town of Texarkana, Texas-Arkansas a hooded murderer is terrorizing the community and making the local law enforcement desperate.

Based upon the real events that surrounded one of America's most baffling serial killers, this solidly made film is a compelling and generally under exposed fore-runner of the slasher genre. Director Pierce gives this film a nicely authentic feel of the era as well as a great atmosphere of dread. The movies strongest scenes are the re-enactments of the murders, which are effectively heart-pounding! Among the memorable moments is a creepy 'murder-by-trombone' and an intense stalking sequence with a bloodied Dawn Wells. Along with these thrilling bits comes some mild comic relief with the local police that thankfully don't hamper the proceedings. The moody music score is also a good touch.

The cast does well, veteran actor Ben Johnson is good as a criminal specialist, as is Andrew Prine as a local deputy. Director Pierce himself appears as a bumbling police officer.

An entertaining thriller from its shocking opening to its haunting conclusion, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a B movie winner.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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