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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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Women were Crying & Screaming in the Theater! See more (83 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)

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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86 min
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According to the interview with Andrew Prine on the Region 1 Shout! Factory release, Prine had to write the ending for the movie because the script didn't have an ending.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: Closeup camera crew visible on a flatcar during long shots of the train.See more »
Quotes:
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?
[Griffin starts laughing]
Patrolman A.C. Benson:Watch the hand!
Sgt. Mal Griffin:[indicating Benson's fake breasts] What I - What I can't understand is... how come that one's bigger than this one?
[...]
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Women were Crying & Screaming in the Theater!, 31 July 2005
Author: legwarmers1980 from United States

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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