The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)


I feel like the events in Texarkana are becoming more mainstream. I, for one, did not even know about the Phantom killer until this year. Now it seems every few weeks the story pops up again.

Here is a brief history lesson on the Texarkana Moonlight Murders, which inspired many of the lover's lane horror stories: In 1946, a killer known as the 'Phantom' attacked 8 people, five of which died over several weeks in Texas. The attacks took place at night and in rural places where couples would go for some privacy. The killer was never found. An original film with the same title, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, was first released in 1974 and included embellished stories which added to the folklore.

This film takes place in present day with copycat killers wreaking havoc across the town once again. Our protagonist, Jaime, a victim of the Phantom killer is determined to solve the mystery of the phantom's identity. The old film and actual history are referenced through out the film building a case against the killer.

I thought the movie was a good slasher flick with hints of history. I was surprised at the decent cast, and you will recognize a few faces for a small film. Overall, I really recommend this movie for your classic cat and mouse game with a killer needs.

Overall Ratings-- Scare Factor: Mostly just a classic slasher film but with a few good gore shots. Rating: ❤❤❤


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