Saturday, October 04, 2014
Countdown To Halloween Post #4 - STAY AWAY FROM LOVER'S LANE!!!
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is alive and well and available for streaming on Netflix. "But I don't have Netflix!" I hear you saying. That's alright, I have you covered. It just so happens to be available on You Tube (but not as pristine a print as is screening on Netflix). Here you go:
This film is directed by Charles B. Pierce, a familiar name to you if you've ever heard Shyboy Tim and I go on and on about the classic Bigfoot film, The Legend Of Boggy Creek. Pierce went on to direct other films, but for my money these two are his best. He utilized an almost documentary style of film making with effective narration by Vern Steirman that leads us to believe that what we are watching is true. In fact, both films were loosely based on actual events. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is influenced by the Texarkana Moonlight Murders of 1946 in and around the town of Texarkana. The serial killer, called by locals the Phantom Slayer, attacked eight people over the spring and summer months of 1946, killing five of them.
The Texas Rangers joined forces with local police to try and solve the murders, but they never did. The internet is full of stories and leads and theories concerning the Phantom Slayer's true identity, but likely this will just go down in history as unsolved. It is definitely a series of true events that have gone on to become the origins of many an urban legend.
If you are looking for a creepy double bill for the evening, I suggest you watch The Town That Dreaded Sundown and David Fincher's film Zodiac. Both are streaming on Netflix, and both will scare the living daylights out of you.
Keep the lights on Shuffle Functioneers! See you tomorrow for another Countdown To Halloween blog post. Don't forget to send us any suggestions or stories you might have that would be appropriate for our Halloween Countdown. You can reach us firstname.lastname@example.org