Film Crew in Texarkana For Remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown

thetownthatdreadedsundownoldbannerA film crew is in Texarkana this week shooting a remake of  the 1976 horror movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

The late Charles B. Pierce, who was from Arkansas, originally directed the movie, which was inspired by a series of murders that took place in Texarkana in the 1940s. Eerily, the only description of the killer was that he wore a plain pillowcase over his head, with eyeholes cut out. Some might be familiar with Pierce as he also directed the cult Legend of Boggy Creek films that were based on a local legend of the state called the Fouke Monster.

As to the premise of the remake, the scary story centers on a rural Texarkana town that was stalked by a serial killer in 1946. The maniac was never caught, and in 2013, he comes back.

Here is the description of the movie care of IMDb: ‘65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.’

Actors that are appearing in the remake include Veronica Cartwright (The Birds, Alien), Gary Cole (Office Space,  Talladega Nights)  Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project, Humpday)  Addison Timlin (Stand Up Guys) and Lance Nichols (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Jeff Who Lives at Home).

The film is being produced by Ryan Murphy ( Glee, American Horror Story)  and Jason Blum and being directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The Town That Dreaded Sundown will mark the directorial feature film debut of Gomez-Rejon, who has directed several episodes of American Horror Story.


Four States Auto Museum in Texarkana. Photo by Kat Robinson.

Serving as the staging area for the cast and crew while they are filming in Texarkana is the Four States Auto Museum at 217 Laurel Street. The Museum contains a display of  vehicles representing four-to-five decades of auto manufacturing along with varied auto related items. You can learn more about this neat museum at

Some of the cars belonging to museum members are being used in the film. Robin Carter, who works at the museum, said they are using cars from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  The gas station that is in front of the museum is also being filmed in some scenes. So far, Carter said the crew has been filming from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning. Carter also got to be a ‘driver’ in one of the scenes but said is was difficult because, “they made me run the red lights.”

The film crew will wrap up their visit to town this week and the movie, which is being produced by MGM, is scheduled to be released nationwide in 2014.


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11 comments on “Film Crew in Texarkana For Remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  1. Vanessa says:

    Yes but Springlake Park is on the Texas side of town. I was born, and raised in Texarkana. The park was a hang out.

  2. Jon says:

    I saw the original paired with last house on the left when I was 12 at the drive in. Needless to say I was scared sh**tless. I just purchased the original on bluray. Perfect timing for the remake.

  3. Janise says:

    My husband and I saw the original and were so afraid we could not sleep for days. We lived in a first floor apartment and felt someone was watching us. Looking forward to be scared again!

  4. Dominico says:

    Looking Forward To This Remake:)

  5. clay berry says:

    they tried to say the texas rangers caught him

  6. clay berry says:

    italo forte of texarkana dressed up like a woman and was in a car with a guy in springlake park and almost caught the killer , he walked up and they went after him in the car but never caught him

    • Marty Pierce says:

      It’s good to see some of my uncles work still being watched and even remade , Of corse I’ll always love his original word the best , Marty Pierce

  7. joe says:

    my granddad was with the arkansas state police and he and my grandmother and my mother and aunt lived in texarkana and my grandad told me he was one of many that work on the case…my mother and aunt was still young kid’s at the time

  8. Jeff Stewart says:

    I love Mr. Pierce movies. I lived in Texarkana Ar and Fouke as a kid. They scared me but i watched them anyway. Looking forward to the remake.

  9. Karen Williams says:

    I’m born and raised a texarkanian… the corn field scene was filmed across the street from my childhood home. .. can’t wait to see the new one. . Hope it’s as creepy as the first

  10. Debbie cox says:

    I would like to know if any recent new information has come up about “The Phantom ” killer? Has more evidence of who he is or was been found? Also has anyone found out what happened to him? Thanks, Debbie

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