Fairly cheesy docudrama thriller has its moments, but just never really takes off, maybe too often trudging into some painful and painfully inappropriate slapstick comic relief (often provided by director Charles B. Pierce himself). A decent enough watch for cult movie fans for its flaws more than anything else, but nothing all that special.
One of those tonally unbalanced weirdo exploitation movies, but an oddly classy enterprise all told. It certainly looks great (especially all digitally dolled up as it is now). Although, let's be frank: the main reason to watch this is for a number of pretty scintillating sequences of murder and mayhem (two especially). Clearly ahead of the curve, for what it's worth. Portents of screen slayings to come.
1 1/2 out of 5 stars. Total and absolute crap. The Town That Dreaded Sundown felt like a cross between the cutting room floor of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and a later season episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. Mostly hokey hillbilly inbrededness with some sort of impressive brutality. Watching Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island being terrorized and attacked was random to the point of mind boggling. At least it was short...
A small town is terrorized by a masked serial killer in this low budget horror film that would go on to inspire HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13th. Charles B. Pierce had a knack for crafting effective chillers despite poor scripts and even worse performances, as well as some bizarre comic relief (in this case, Pierce himself as a Barney Fife-eque cop). Manages to scare in spite of low production values.
Logrado filme que en efecto tiene la semilla de "Zodiac". Pierce, sin embargo, no tiene deseos de convertir esto en una larga épica, mas sí en un cuento de terror, casi una leyenda, un hito dentro de un suburbio. La voz en off desde un inicio da pista que este caso no se resolverá. Un asesino en serie anda suelto, aparecen los primeros patrones ¿o es que solo son distractores? Está también la paranoia colectiva.
The movie reaches its best moments when the killer is attacking the defenseless victims, the close ups of his blue eyes and the heavy breathing with the mask are really tense and works really well because of the minimal use of soundtrack, that said, the characters are non existent and the tone is all over the place mixing a dramatic voice over with slapstick humor. Die hard fans of slashers only.