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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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In 1946, a hooded serial killer terrorizes the residents of a small Arkansas town.

Director:

Charles B. Pierce

Writer:

Earl E. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... Captain J.D. Morales
Andrew Prine ... Deputy Norman Ramsey
Dawn Wells ... Helen Reed
Jimmy Clem ... Sgt. Mal Griffin
Jim Citty Jim Citty ... Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
Charles B. Pierce ... Patrolman A.C. Benson
Robert Aquino Robert Aquino ... Sheriff Otis Barker
Cindy Butler ... Peggy Loomis
Christine Ellsworth Christine Ellsworth ... Linda Mae Jenkins
Earl E. Smith Earl E. Smith ... Dr. Kress (as Earl E. Smith)
Steve Lyons Steve Lyons ... Roy Allen
Joe Catalanotto Joe Catalanotto ... Eddie LeDoux (as Joe Catalanatto)
Roy Lee Brown Roy Lee Brown ... Rainbow Johnson
Mike Hackworth Mike Hackworth ... Sammy Fuller
Misty West 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreaded Sundown See more »

Filming Locations:

Texarkana, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1976
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

With the film's scarce home video availability (the 1983, 1988 Warner Bros. VHS release and the later 1994 Good Times EP VHS release being long out of print) and occasional late night TV airings, it slowly started to become a cult classic. With the advent of online discussion forums and a proper widescreen version finally shown on cable TV in the mid 2000s, the film's popularity suddenly grew even faster with only bootlegged copies being available since an official re-release on Blu-ray/DVD would not happen until 2013. This would rectify the hiatus period of almost 20 years. See more »

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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

Deputy Norman Ramsey: I think the occupants of this parked vehicle have been abducted!
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The one that got away.
24 September 2009 | by ZeegradeSee all my reviews

Proving that it's the totality of a person's work that should rightfully categorize whether someone has a talent for directing, The Town That Dreaded Sundown proves that there is more to Charles B. Pierce than his more well known albatross Beast of Boggy Creek II and to a lesser extent The Norseman. Centered in Texarkana, Texas in 1946 a series of assaults and murders by a man wearing a sack over his face turns the friendly town into a community that quickly becomes scared of it's own shadow. Ben Johnson as Captain J.D. Morales is called in to assist Texarkana Deputy Norman Ramsey in one of Andrew Prine's finest performances ever. Charles B. Pierce supplies the movie's comic relief as lead-footed hothead A.C. "Sparkplug" Benson that provides genuine bright spots in an otherwise dark movie. What makes this such an interesting story is that the case remains unsolved to this day as apposed to all the connect the dots maniacal killer movies that flood the market. There is no happy ending and sometimes the bad guy does win, just like in real life. A very underrated movie that isn't too long and yet pulls you as the storyline progresses. How many films do you know that have an attempted murder of Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island fame? Just one my man, just one. Well done Charles, I knew you had it inya!


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