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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:
Jim Citty ...
Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
Robert Aquino ...
Sheriff Otis Barker
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 ...
Mike Hackworth ...
Sammy Fuller
Misty West ...


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Closeup camera crew visible on a flatcar during long shots of the train. See more »


Rainbow Johnson: That's him! That's him! Mister, you owe me a dollar for driving you today! And ten dollers for taking ya to Lefkin!
Eddie LeDoux: [to the cops] What's the matter with that donkey? He crazy? Get him outta here!
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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He still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas.
29 January 2006 | by See 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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