The Town That Dreaded Sundown

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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.

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Ben Johnson
as Capt. J.D. Morales
Andrew Prine
as Deputy Norman Ramsey
Dawn Wells
as Helen Reed
Jimmy Clem
as Sgt. Mal Griffin
Charles B. Pierce
as Patrolman A.C. Benson
Cindy Butler
as Peggy Loomis
Earl E. Smith
as Dr. Kress
Christine Ellsworth
as Linda Mae Jenkins
Mike Hackworth
as Sammy Fuller
Jim Citty
as Police Chief R. J. Sullivan
Robert Aquino
as Sheriff Otis Barker
Misty West
as Emma Lou Cook
Steve Lyons
as Roy Allen
Bud Davis
as The Phantom Killer
Joe Catalanatto
as Eddie LeDoux
Roy Lee Brown
as Rainbow Johnson
Jason Darnell
as Gus Wells
Mike Downs
as Reporter
Bill Dietz
as Reporter
Michael Brown
as Police Officer
Woody Woodman
as FBI Agent
James B. McAdams
as Sheriff's Deputy
John Stroud
as Dr. Preston Hickson
Mason Andres
as Rev. Harden
Richard Green
as High School Principal
Don Adkins
as Suspect
Vern Stierman
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for The Town That Dreaded Sundown

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Audience Reviews for The Town That Dreaded Sundown

  • Oct 19, 2018
    The concept has a lot of promise. Even setting aside the horror, there'a so much to explore in how communities react to danger. Unfortunately all you get are sub par genre thrills.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2016
    For some reason it tries to be both funny and scary, but fails at both and ends up floundering somewhere between the two.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    One of the most overlooked horror films, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is based on a series of real life double homicides in Texarkana where the killer was never found. Unlike other slashers, the film used a pseudo-documentary style and eerie atmosphere to generate fear. It was really silly at times and the ending was ridiculous but nevertheless, it should be watched just once.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2013
    The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a surprising Slasher film that is very different than the standard Slash and dice formula of so many others in the genre. The film relies more on atmosphere to create the terror on-screen, and it doesn't have a lot of bloodletting, which makes for a terrific little yarn that has been forgotten by many fans of the horror genre. Another thing that sets this film apart from the traditional Slasher is the good acting from its cast. The cast do a fine job in their roles and Director Charles B. Pierce has assembled a good cast here. The plot is based on real events, which makes this for compelling an engaging viewing. This is a skillfully executed picture that gives the viewer a true, terrifying horror experience that is gritty, tense and in your face. A film like this is rare in the Slasher genre, and only a few films have had the honor of joining this one in terms of using atmosphere and suspense to deliver the chills necessary to thrill the viewer. The kill sequences are nerve racking, and are better constructed than many mainstream Slasher flicks. Since this is a true story, it makes it that much scarier. Actor Ben Johnson (Terror Train) is one of the high points of the film, and his performance in itself is very good. Director Charles B. Pierce has crafted something totally unique here, and this is the most surprisingly effective Slasher yarn that has been released in the 70's that has some well thought out kills that doesn't overdo anything and effective performances with a well structured plot. This is a rare gem of a horror film that is overlooked, but should definitely be seen by every serious horror film fan. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is far better than many films in the genre.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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