The incredible story you are about to see is true, where it happened and how it happened; only the names have been changed. The Narrator
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) is an early slasher example, and one of the better ones that go on the top shelf with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Last House on the Left (1972). The opening statement is correct if you consider loosely based true. Either way this is a fantastic film that shouldn’t be ignored.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown has the old documentary feel with a narrator (Vern Stierman) interjecting from time-to-time, adding more detail to the events. The comic relief from the deputy was unnecessary as it didn’t add anything to the film and is the only cheese in the film that wasn’t needed.
The killer used several methods to kill his victims, and I wonder how close to real those were; it’s not like I’m going to read the real case files of the incidents that happened in Texarkana. This movie has some phenomenal screamers, and the best came from Dawn Wells (who you might know as Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island). She played Helen Reed who miraculously escapes the phantom.
There’s a remake of this film that almost duplicates it completely, but why watch a remake when you can see the original?
I love The Town That Dreaded Sundown and give it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.