The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 24, 1976
DVD Release Date: November 6, 1995
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A spooky dramatization of actual events, but in the end it feels like a docudrama more than a horror film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The true story is so fascinating that it overcomes most of the film-making flaws.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

Most students of horror cinema will slap themselves awake solely for the murder scenes, which generally don't reward one's attention.

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Scott Weinberg

Plainly dated and a bit slow, but there are also some solid chills and it makes a respectable attempt at historical accuracy.

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Dustin Putman

Leaves us with such striking moments of stark, raw terror, that it puts many less serious horror films to shame.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
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… More
Luke Baldock
Real life serial killer films probably owe a lot to this film. It's by no means perfect, but offers a lot of memorable imagery. The voice-over is too… More
Tim Salmons
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a semi-autobiographical story about the Phantom Killer who went on a murder spree in the 1940's in Texarkana, Texas. I… More
Cassandra Maples
I've seen this a couple of times now and really enjoy it. The first time I was right on the edge of sleep throughout, in fact I think I even drifted in and… More
Stephen M
A surprisingly successful low budget horror movie based on the true story of a hooded serial killer who terrorised Texarkana in the mid-1940s. Whether by… More
El Hombre Invisible
A mood piece in which the characters don't stand out as much as the situation. It's too bad the comic relief was in either bad taste or just plain… More