The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
Directed By – Charles B. Pierce
Staring – Ben Johnson
1 Hr 30 Minutes
The Town that Dreaded Sundown being released on Blu-Ray really shows how great the format is. This is a movie, like Godzilla Vs Biolante or many other cult films was lost to the DVD era and is now being put out on Blu-Ray by amazing companies like Shout Factory. Hopefully we will see some great releases like this in the future.
TTTDS is similar to Pierce’s other well known work The Legend of Boggy Creek. But a little more dramatized then it. It’s about a serial killer that terrorized Texarkanaka, Arkansas. it’s in the documentary style of Boggy Creek, but is more of a slasher film then a pseudo documentary.
As much as I love Boggy Creek, overall TTTDS is a better film. It has some great suspenseful moments. But it also has some pretty awful moments, like Charles Pierce’s role of Sparkplug, an inept sheriff’s deputy who gets into all sorts of hilarious Hi-jinks is one of the worst parts of the film and parts like that put it below boggy creek in my opinion.
The Scream Factory/Shout Factory Blu-Ray of the film is fantastic. Picture quality is great for a 70s exploration film, and the disc comes with some pretty decent special features. Also the DVD in the set comes with a copy of Pierce’s film The Evictors which is making it’s first DVD appearance as well.
All and all this is a great Blu-Ray set for someone who wants to get acquainted with some Charles B Pierce movies other then the Boggy Creek films, The movies are good (I’ll get to reviewing The Evictors later) and the disc has some great special features for such a cult film. This movie gets a yes from me
- One of the best slasher of the 70s
- Great Atmosphere when it wants to have it
- Well made and one of Charles B Pierce’s best films.
- Spark plug, and other comedic relief kill the horror parts of the movie sometimes.