Archive for The Town that Dreaded Sundown

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Friday the 13th Only! (October, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by WB Kelso


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Currently efforting to get the new proprietors of the refurbished Grand Theatre to restart this old tradition of a midnight horrorthon whenever a Friday the 13th rolls around.

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

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2013 by WB Kelso



















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.
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

Shameless Plugs :: Still Lurking About!

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , on June 23, 2013 by WB Kelso





So, imagine my surprise while going through the special features on my brand new SHOUT/SCREAM Factory BluRay of The Town that Dreaded Sundown and, while scrolling through the posters and stills gallery, find a bunch of newspaper ads that originated at good old Scenes from the Morgue amongst them. Needless to say, I let out quite the happy hoop and holler at this discovery that lasted for a good five minutes as I kept scrolling back and confirming over and over again.


So, yeah, it was quite the surprise, meaning no one contacted me about using them, at least as far as I know. It doesn’t matter. (Though some form of credit would’ve been a nice touch, ‘natch.) I just wished they would’ve asked, allowing me to offer to re-shoot the series of ads in question and provide some better images on some of them. Regardless, this secret toy surprise totally made my day. And I highly recommend the feature, which is stuffed full of all kinds of extras, and once more commend SHOUT/SCREAM on another stellar release. And, hey, if by some miracle this gets read by the right people who want to use anymore art, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll gladly hook you up.