Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Proto-Slashers :: … And He Still Lurks the Streets of Texarkana Today! (February, 1977)

 

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The Town that Dreaded Sundown was Texarkana mini-movie mogul Charles B. Pierce’s follow up to his wildly successful crypto-zoological expose, The Legend of Boggy Creek. And cashing in on his own pseudo-documentary template, here, Pierce tells the tale of the Phantom Killer, who murdered five people in the late 1940’s and was never caught. And thanks to some savvy TV-spots and some striking promotional art, the image of the masked killer left a lasting impression on many children of the 1970’s, even though Pierce basically chucked out the facts and fabricated most of the story, including the most unique kill in screen history, helping to usher in the era of found-object killers, when our Phantom takes out a victim with a trombone.
 
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The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976) Charles B. Pierce Film Productions :: American International Pictures / EP: Samuel Z. Arkoff / P: Charles B. Pierce / D: Charles B. Pierce / W: Earl E. Smith / C: Jim Roberson / E: Tom Boutross / M: Jaime Mendoza-Nava / S: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem, Charles B. Pierce

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