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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 Arkansas. Loosely based on a true story. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A very scary, suspenseful film See more (96 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:

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:R | Germany:16 (Blu-ray) | 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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With the film's scarce home video availability (the 1983 and 1988 Warner Bros. VHS and the 1994 Good Times EP VHS are long out of print) and occasional late night TV airings, it slowly started to became a cult classic. With the advent of discussion forums and a proper widescreen version shown on cable TV in the mid 2000's, the popularity grew even faster with bootlegged copies floating around since the film was never released on DVD until 2013, when finally a Blu-ray/DVD combo came to rectify the hiatus period of almost 20 years.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the beginning of the movie a graphic is put onto the screen to draw attention to the fictional date of the first attack. The graphic reads, "SUNDAY, MARCH 3". Later, as a lead-in to the second crime, the graphic, "SATURDAY, MARCH 24" appears on the screen. The narrator's voice adds, "Now, it is a rainy Saturday night, March 24, 1946, 21 days after the attack on lover's lane." 21 days from March 3 would indeed be March 24, but it also would be, and was, a Sunday, just as March 3 was. The second graphic and the narrator's script were incorrect.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:Texarkana today still looks pretty much the same. And 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.See more »
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A very scary, suspenseful film, 18 March 2006
Author: terrornights from United States

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is one of my favorite movies of all time. I collect anything I can find on the movie. I own lobby cards, pictures, posters. The movie has comedy, but is also really tense. The movie stars the great actors Ben Johnson and Andrew Prine as determined lawmen trying to stop the phantom. The director and producer of the movie Charles B. Pierce also stars and is very funny as Sparkplug, as he is sometimes called. As I mentioned the movie has comedy such as Sparkplug and others going undercover dressed as women hoping to catch the killer, but believe me the comedy is a welcome relief from the very frightening scenes with the phantom killer, who is one of the scariest killers I've ever seen in a movie. Based on a true story and with Dawn Wells of Gilligans island fame as one of the phantoms victims, you cant go wrong. I highly recommend this great film.

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