Monsters Are Such Interesting People – The Town That Dreaded Sundown

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 1976a

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) Loosely based on The Phantom 1976bKiller, who is thought to be responsible for a series of murders in Texarkana in 1946. Charles B Pierce  directs in a pseudo-documentary style, as he does with The Legend of Boggy Creek. The killer wears a hood identical to the one Jason wears in Friday the 13th part 2 five years later. Ben Johnson and Andrew Prine are cops, and Dawn “Mary Ann” Wells  escapes the 1976ckiller by the skin of her teeth. A good handful of murders and a slight bit of comedy supplied by some inept deputies. Not a bad film at all.
Here’s a wikilink about the real Phantom Killer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_Killer

2014a

The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014) Interesting sort-of remake of the 2014b1976 film of the same name loosely based on some real-life killings in 1940s Texarkana. Set in modern day, this year’s annual Drive-In showing of the 1976 film sparks a series of copycat killings that has law enforcement from both Texas and Arkansas baffled, and one teenage girl terrorized. A good, serious performance from comedian Anthony Anderson as a Texas Ranger. Gary Cole and Ed Lauter play cops, Dennis O’Hare (True Blood, American Horror Story) is a conspiracy theorist, and Veronica Cartwright (Alien) is the main girl’s grandma. Very creative the way they used the older film in the plot, however the ending was derivative of another well-known slasher. Feature film debut for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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