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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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In 1946, a Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain J.D. Morales
... Deputy Norman Ramsey
... Helen Reed
... Sgt. Mal Griffin
Jim Citty ... Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
... Patrolman A.C. Benson
Robert Aquino ... Sheriff Otis Barker
... Peggy Loomis
Christine Ellsworth ... Linda Mae Jenkins
Earl E. Smith ... Dr. Kress (as Earl E. Smith)
Steve Lyons ... Roy Allen
Joe Catalanotto ... Eddie LeDoux (as Joe Catalanatto)
Roy Lee Brown ... Rainbow Johnson
Mike Hackworth ... Sammy Fuller
Misty West ... Emma Lou Cook


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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Release Date:

24 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Umleger  »

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2.35 : 1
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Cinematographer James W. Roberson had a broken foot when he shot this film. See more »


When the cop grabs the suspect "Eddie LuDoux" by his belt and pulls him over to the police car, the cameraman's shadow is seen on them as they walk across the frame See more »


Narrator: And when the sun went down... there was an eery, ghostly appearance to this town.
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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »

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Well made, sometimes effective horror film that is based on a true story.
25 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Set in the late 1940's Texarkana, Arkanasas. The residents of a small peaceful town are terrorized by a mysterious hooded killer. Who's been stalking and killing random victims during the night. When the police from the town are hopeless and confused by the terror. A professional detective from Texas, Captain J.D. Morales (Oscar-Winner:Ben Johnson) arrives in Texarkana to help the police office. Who is also charged in the case is Deputy Norman Ramsey (Andrew Prine). Although these vicious, then unusual crimes stopped as quickly as they begin. Morales and Ramsey are running out of time.

Directed by the late Charles B. Pierce (Bootleggers, The Evictors, The Legend of Boggy Creek) made an well made horror film that is occasionally scary and suspenseful. This sometimes, unusual movie is also narrated by the late Vern Stierman. Which is surprisingly effective, when it is used. Pierce himself appears in a supporting role as Patrolman A.C. Benson. Who is the comic relief of the movie but that's the only complain of the movie. Sometimes, i felt the film's sense of humour sometimes hurts the effectiveness.

Since the movie is only available in a bootleg release. You can find this movie in Full Screen or Widescreen. You are better off finding this in Widescreen. Since it is extremely well shot by James W. Roberson in Panavision. The movie is also gimmicky at times, especially during the conclusion. Since this picture has become an Cult Classic over the years. Now...There's an remake in the works and it might be shot in 3-D! If you haven't seen this, this is worth seeing. The look of the hooded killer is giving homage later in "Friday the 13th Part 2". The killer in this movie, who is truly scary is played by stuntman Bud Davis as the Phantom Killer. (****/*****).

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