The Town That Dreaded Sundown ()

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In 1946, a Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town.


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Captain J.D. Morales
Deputy Norman Ramsey
Helen Reed
Sgt. Mal Griffin
Jim Citty ...
Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
Patrolman A.C. Benson
Robert Aquino ...
Sheriff Otis Barker
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 ...
Don Adkins ...
The Phantom Killer
Vern Stierman ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Tom Moore ...
Police Officer (in drag) (uncredited)
Violet Neff ...
Girl looking through blinds (uncredited)

Directed by

Charles B. Pierce

Written by

Earl E. Smith ... ()

Produced by

Samuel Z. Arkoff ... executive producer
Tom Moore ... associate producer (as Tom Moore) / associate producer
Charles B. Pierce ... producer

Music by

Jaime Mendoza-Nava ... (as Jaime Mendosa-Nava)

Cinematography by

James W. Roberson ... (as Jim Roberson)

Film Editing by

Tom Boutross

Editorial Department

Betty Moortgat ... negative cutter

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
Michael Galloway ... sound recordist
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)


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
Steve Lyons ... first assistant camera
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

Other crew

Lynn Andres ... production assistant
Cindy Langford ... slate girl
Barbara Pryor ... script supervisor
Ginger Tanton ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Not Everyone Who Comes to This Lover's Lane Has the Same Thing on Their Mind. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Dreaded Sundown (United States)
  • Der Umleger (Germany)
  • Terror al anochecer (Spain)
  • Phantomkiller (West Germany)
  • Der Umleger (West Germany)
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  • 90 min
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Budget $400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia This movie is a semi-documentary based on the real-life string of mysterious killings that terrorized the people of Texarkana, Texas, in 1946. The murder spree became known as the "Texarkana Moonlight Murders" and ultimately would claim five lives and injure many others. The only description of the killer ever obtained was that of a "hooded man". To this day, no one has been convicted and these murders remain unsolved. See more »
Goofs In the sheriff's office, there are some shots of the bulletin board in the background. On the board is the FBI's Wanted Poster for Frank Morris, following his escape from USP Alcatraz. The Alcatraz escape took place in June of 1962, sixteen years after the events in the film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Grindhouse Universe (2008). 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?
[bursts out laughing]
Patrolman A.C. Benson: I'd like to know what difference it makes. You think I'm gonna let the son of a bitch come in and fondle one before I blow his head off?
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