The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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  • Release Date:  1976
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Charles B. Pierce
  • Screenwriter:  Earl E. Smith
  • Cast & Crew: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem, Jim City, Charles B. Pierce, Robert Aquino, Cindy Butler, Christine Ellsworth, Steve Lyons, Joe Catalanotto, and Mike Hackworth.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.1/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.0/10.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) Synopsis:

The film follows a team of police officers hunting for a mysterious killer who is terrorizing the young people in a small city in Texas.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) Review:

The Town That Dreaded Sundown is in the pure style of masked killer films from the same period (Friday the 13th, Halloween, My Bloody Valentine, etc), which means lots of bloody and inventive kills, a great atmosphere, and a notorious killer.

The film is inspired by true events, namely the killing that terrorized the small city of Texarkana, Texas, back in 1946. The highlight of this film is definitely the killer itself. As in the real story, his face is hidden and no one never saw him. The choice of a potato sack on the head is simple but efficiently scary. Moreover, his ruthless and animal-like attitude in the film creates a very disturbing atmosphere.

The drawbacks may lie in the story itself, which is not as good as in films cited above. The film is shot in semi-documentary ways, mixing fiction with narrative moments that explain the story. The fact that the killer is never revealed is nevertheless interesting.

Overall, this film remains truly entertaining despite its old looks, and definitely above your average slasher.