The Town That Dreaded Sundown (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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A nice young couple move into an eerie house located in a small Louisiana town, unaware of its violent history. Soon they find themselves tormented by the previous owners. Vic Morrow (Combat!, Humanoids From The Deep), Michael Parks (Django Unchained, Argo) and Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Phantom Of The Paradise) star in this chilling horror film.
Shout Factory's Blu-ray/DVD presentation offers a surprising wealth of extras on both the film's production and the crime spree that inspired it. In tried-and-true drive-in fashion, the DVD pairs Town with Pierce's The Evictors (1979), a modest period thriller that benefits from its cast of cult favorites, including Michael Parks (Django Unchained), Jessica Harper (Suspiria), and Vic Morrow (Combat!), and impressive photography. Extras on both the Blu-ray and DVD are led by interviews with Prine and Wells, with Prine coming off best by virtue of his rakish recollections. Director of photography James Roberson also provides some insight into his experience on the picture as a twentysomething relative novice, while author Justin Beahm (Halloween: The Complete Authorized History) leads an informative commentary track with historian Jim Presley, who provides expert details on the Phantom Killer case. Genre writer Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990) contributes an interesting essay on the film and its key players, as well as its impact on Texarkana (whose town fathers were less than pleased with the one-sheet's tag line claiming that the killer was still loose on their streets). Collections of well-worn promotional material, including posters and publicity stills, as well as the theatrical trailer, are also featured on the two-disc set. --Paul Gaita
Top Customer Reviews
Shot in 1976, this film presents the true story of a Texarkana, Arkansas crime spree in 1946. World War II had ended bringing the military boys back home and Texarkana was enjoying peace and prosperity. From the murky depths of night, a killer mysteriously emerged to taunt and terrorize the inhabitants of the quiet town. Young couples were attacked in their cars on lovers lane in intervals of 21 days...and even a famous Texas Ranger couldn't solve the case.
The story is presented in documentary style, with a narrator weaving direction through the onslaught of terror. There is no shock value to this movie. It is presented with raw facts and the chilling realization that this crime could happen anywhere at any time. The Phantom Killer of Texarkana, always wearing a hood to cover his face, left a crude and bloody path of destruction in his wake and throughout this film you can feel the terror gripping the tiny town. This movie is a necessary selection for anyone who loves sitting in the dark and being scintillatingly terrified or for anyone who simply enjoys a true unsolved mystery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Weird 70's docu-drama serial killer flick. Good if you are into this kind of thing. Good B movie.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
A true story horror masterpiece before Friday the 13th but without all the gore and sex! this is a classic American movie for those who love
great movies before the crap... Read more
For years, my mom talked about this movie as being the scariest movie she's ever seen. She hasn't been able to find a copy of it anywhere, so I got on here and found this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashes
Cheesey, Not even a B Movie. I'd give it an F. Probably scary in 1976, but NOT in 2015. Save your money....Published 3 months ago by Brian D. Johnson
This movie is supposedly based on a true story, about a killer in Texarkana in 1946. It is not scary. It seems to be a very low budget film. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BlueRidgeBob