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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Texas. Loosely based on a true story.

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


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24 December 1976 (USA)  »

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During the film the narrator says "If you should ask people on the street what they believe happened to the Phantom Killer, most would say that he is still living here... and is walking free". The Texarkana police's best lead in the case was a car thief named Youell Swinney, whose wife, Peggy, supplied them with details about the murders only the police and the killer would know. As the admissible evidence against Swinney was only circumstantial, police instead charged him with felony theft of a car; under Texas law he qualified for the state habitual crime act and received a life sentence for being a repeat offender. He served 25 years before getting his case appealed and being released from prison at the age of 57. In 1975, he was arrested again for counterfeiting coins and stealing another car, was sentenced to two years in prison again, walked away from a prison labor job, was recaptured four days later, and sent to Leavenworth prison to serve an additional two years for escaping. Though still alive, he was incarcerated again at the time the movie was made and shown. He died in 1994 at the age of 77. See more »

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On several occasions, the killer is shown using a revolver with a silencer attached. Standard revolvers cannot be silenced. However, gas sealed revolvers can indeed be silenced. See more »

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Narrator: People were afraid to walk in front of their windows after the sun went down. Newspapers stopped making early morning deliveries, with newspaper boys waiting until daylight to make their rounds, and Western Union stopped making night deliveries. Over 150 police cars now cruised the dark streets, alleys, parks and parking areas of Texarkana from darkness until dawn in the most intense manhunt ever mounted in the southwest: Friday, May 25th, Saturday May 26th, and Sunday, May 27th, the target ...
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Women were Crying & Screaming in the Theater!
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out in Miami, Florida. When the 6feet 8inch. psycho killer wearing a potato-sack as a mask with the eyes cut-out, appears, and butchers the lover-lane couple, with his heavy breathing and the potato sack mask going in and out, a young woman in her 20s ran out of the theater hysterical, and a few other women were screaming! Made a few years before the slasher films of the 1980s, this film was way before its time. The killer was brutal, sadistic, and very realistic. The murders were done in a very realistic manner, and with a cast of almost complete unknowns, it had a documentary feeling to it. Veteran character actor Ben Johnson was excellent as usual, and a nervous looking Andrew Perine did a creditable job, but it was the killer who stole the show. Excellent movie, tame by today's standards, but a horror classic never-the-less.


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