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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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A hooded serial killer terrorizes the residents of a small Arkansas town in 1946.

Director:

Charles B. Pierce

Writer:

Earl E. Smith

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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 ... Dr. Kress
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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The residents of 1946 Texarkana, Texas should be celebrating the return of their boys from WWII, but a mysterious hooded killer is stalking victims by night, murdering them in horrendous ways, and completely befuddling the local police force. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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A True Tale of Texarkana Terror! See more »


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The 2013 Shout Factory Blu-ray/DVD release contains an onscreen essay in the bonus features called "The Phantom of Texarkana". The author refers to this film as a "creepy Techniscope horror film". While it's true that Charles B. Pierce shot two of his previous films on 2-perf 35mm Techniscope, The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) and Winterhawk (1975), he actually shot this film on 4-perf 35mm Panavision anamorphic. It was the third film that he had shot using the anamorphic format, the previous ones being The Winds of Autumn (1976) on Panavision and Bootleggers (1974) on Todd-AO 35. See more »

Goofs

(at around 19 mins) Close-up shots of Deputy Ramsey show the red lights on top of his car blinking. Long shots of the car show them off. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Norman Ramsey: We ain't never gonna catch him, are we Captain?
Captain J.D. Morales: You want an official or a private reply?
Deputy Norman Ramsey: Private.
Captain J.D. Morales: If we do catch him... it's gonna be a miracle.
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Referenced in Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

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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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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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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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