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Release Date:
24 December 1976 (USA) See more »
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Not Everyone Who Comes to This Lover's Lane Has the Same Thing on Their Mind. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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He still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas. See more (100 total) »

Cast

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Ben Johnson ... Captain J.D. Morales

Andrew Prine ... Deputy Norman Ramsey

Dawn Wells ... Helen Reed
Jimmy Clem ... Sgt. Mal Griffin
Jim Citty ... Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
Charles B. Pierce ... Patrolman A.C. Benson
Robert Aquino ... Sheriff Otis Barker
Cindy Butler ... 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
Rick Hildreth ... Buddy Turner
Jason Darnell ... Capt. Gus Wells
Mike Downs ... Newspaper Reporter
Bill Dietz ... Newspaper Reporter
Carolyn Moreland ... Newspaper Reporter
Michael Brown ... Police Officer
Woody Woodman ... F.B.I. Agent
James Duff McAdams ... Sheriff's Deputy (as James D. McAdams)
John Stroud ... Dr. Preston Hickson
Mason Andres ... Rev. Harden
Richard Green ... High School Principal
Dorothy Darlene Orr ... Dispatcher
Don Adkins ... Suspect
Bud Davis ... The Phantom Killer
Vern Stierman ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Peabody ... Townsperson (as Sandra Cassel)

Dennis Lehane ... Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Violet Neff ... Girl looking through blinds (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles B. Pierce 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Earl E. Smith 

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Thomas W. Moore .... associate producer (as Tom Moore)
Charles B. Pierce .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jaime Mendoza-Nava  (as Jaime Mendosa-Nava)
 
Cinematography by
James W. Roberson  (as Jim Roberson)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Boutross 
 
Art Direction by
Grant Sinclair 
Myrl Teeter 
 
Makeup Department
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist (as Cheri Johnston)
 
Production Management
Bob Gates .... production manager
 
Art Department
Denise Broulette .... assistant props
Libby Smith .... property master
 
Sound Department
Dick Damon .... production sound mixer
Dan Finnity .... sound effects
Dimitry Gortinsky .... sound effects
Phil Haberman .... sound effects
Andrew Herbert .... sound effects
Fred Judkins .... sound effects
Fred Payne .... boom operator
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
Steve Shearsby .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Joe Catalanotto .... special effects (as Joe Catalanatto)
 
Stunts
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Butler .... grip
Joe Catalanotto .... gaffer (as Joe Catalanatto)
Jim Davis .... grip
Kevin Davis .... grip
Steve Fleet .... grip
Steve Lyons .... first assistant camera (1976)
Moss May .... grip
Cheyenne Rivera .... camera boat operator
Michael Sherfey .... second assistant camera
John Stroud Jr. .... grip
Dan Williams .... grip
Tim Williams .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chris Ellsworth .... assistant wardrobe
Karen Jones .... wardrobe
Bonnie Langriff .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Betty Moortgat .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Lynn Andres .... production assistant
Cindy Langford .... slate girl
Barbara Pryor .... script supervisor
Ginger Tanton .... production assistant
 

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90 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2015) | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2015) | UK:18 (1987) | UK:X (1977) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Captain J.D. Morales:You just got two speeds on this thing - wide open and stop?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »

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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
He still lurks the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas., 29 January 2006
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

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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