31 Nights of Horror, Night 4: The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Three sentence review:
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is loosely based on a real serial killer who hunted down eight “Lovers Lane” victims in the small town of Texarkana, TX in the late 1940s. It’s a little slow, but I enjoyed it because I’ve been to Texarkana (I drove there by myself while working in Little Rock, AR because I’d never been to Texas), it’s filmed in fantastically low budget cinema verite style, and there’s a really bizarre scene involving a trombone. Horror movies from the 1970s are my absolute favorite and The Town That Dreaded Sundown was indeed way ahead of its time; inspiring or at least influencing future serial killer flicks like Zodiac and Summer of Sam (and probably Jason Vorhees’ burlap hood) that have permeated the horror genre for the last forty years.