"A docu-drama that is more enjoyable for it's 70's feel than anything else."
Supposedly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is based on facts. At least that is what it claims in the beginning. A serial killer is loose in Texarkana and it is up to the local police, and an imported famous ivestigator, to find the killer before the body counts rises any higher. A decent horror movie if you can take the Dragnet-style narratation and lame-brained humor and wait for the good parts to kick in.In the late-forties, a hooded killer preys on a small town who supposedly dreads sundown. For a town that dreads sundown these folks sure don't act like it. I think mabye the prom should have been cancelled that year, but thats just me.
The killer has an unpredictable modus operandi and leaves no clues as to his identity or his motivation for the murders. This is all established in the opening frames.
Enter the stereotypically honest Deputy Ramsey (Andrew Prine) and a legendary lawman, Captain J.D. Morales (Ben Johnson), to crack the case.
The whole thing has the feel of a low-budget, and poorly acted, version of Smokey and The Bandit (released a year after this one) meets Halloween (released two years after this one.) It maintains it's appeal by producing a handful of genuinely creepy moments and by the promise that all of it is based on real-life events.
The point that it is a true story is hammered home several times by the use of narration and visual aids (the actual dates of the murders appear on the screen proceeding each killing.)
An undisclosed castaway from Gilligan's Island appears in a cameo role. I'll just tell you it ain't Bob Denver (Dammit!)
Only worth your time if you are really into slasher flicks and/or true crime. This is not "In Cold Blood" but you could do much worse.A cool period piece that has some well done slasher moments. Purists should be able to make it past the Dukes of Hazard style humor and modest budget, others may want to look elsewhere.