The Town that Dreaded Sundown
Directed by Charles B. Pierce. US. 1976. R. 90 minutes. Park Circus. 35mm.
Fri., October 7, 2016
Inspired by the real life atrocities of the Phantom Killer who terrorized Texarkana in the late 1940s, this drive-in favorite stars Ben Johnson (1971’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for The Last Picture Show) as a tough Texas Ranger tasked with tracking down a masked murderer preying on young couples. Eerie and atmospheric, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a step above the typical slasher fare, thanks to its cast, post WWII setting and documentary-style storytelling. This is the type of First Friday Fright Night film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.