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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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

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Captain J.D. Morales
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Helen Reed
Jimmy Clem ...
Sgt. Mal Griffin
Jim Citty ...
Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
Charles B. Pierce ...
Patrolman A.C. Benson
Robert Aquino ...
Cindy Butler ...
Peggy Loomis
Christine Ellsworth ...
Linda Mae Jenkins
Earl E. Smith ...
Dr. Kress (as Earl E. Smith)
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Roy Allen
Joe Catalanotto ...
Eddie LeDoux (as Joe Catalanatto)
Roy Lee Brown ...
Rainbow Johnson
Mike Hackworth ...
Sammy Fuller
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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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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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 of a hooded man. To this day no one has been convicted and these murders remain unsolved. See more »

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Cameraman (and his camera) reflected on the wagon train during the slow motion final chase. See more »

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Sgt. Mal Griffin: [Trying to bait the killer, Griffin and Benson are stationed on a lonely road in a car late at night, with Benson dressed as a woman] Ah, Sparky. Ah, Sparky.
[reaches over and touches Benson in a sexual manner]
Patrolman A.C. Benson: [turning to him] What the hell do you think you're doing?
Sgt. Mal Griffin: You heard the captain, we're supposed to make this look good. Now, we're supposed to be lovers. I might get a little lovin' before the night's over.
Patrolman A.C. Benson: You watch that hand.
[Griffin touches him again]
Patrolman A.C. Benson: Man, what the hell's wrong with you?
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He still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas.
29 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – 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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