The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
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This thriller -- based on actual events -- tells in a pseudo-documentary-style of the murders of five people by a man in post-WWII Arkansas. This mystery was still considered unsolved at the time of its release. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi
Nov 6, 1995
American International Pictures (AIP)
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Capt. J.D. Morales
Dep. Norman Ramsey
Sgt. Mal Griffin
Charles B. Pierce
Patrolman A.C. Benso...
Earl E. Smith
Linda Mae Jenkins
Police Chief R. J. S...
Sheriff Otis Barker
Emma Lou Cook
Rick "Rock" Hildreth
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A spooky dramatization of actual events, but in the end it feels like a docudrama more than a horror film.
Uses simple period detail and underpopulated settings to convey an anti-Mayberry notion of the South as a place haunted by unsolved, unavenged murder -- an idea that ties this fact-based tale to the genuine horror of the region's civil rights murders.
Plainly dated and a bit slow, but there are also some solid chills and it makes a respectable attempt at historical accuracy.
The true story is so fascinating that it overcomes most of the film-making flaws.
Leaves us with such striking moments of stark, raw terror, that it puts many less serious horror films to shame.
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