Our last article regarding “things to do in Texarkana” ,more specifically the section about “The Legend of Boggy Creek” and “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”,was the influence for these next two articles. What are some other music or movies that mention Texarkana? It turns out that Texarkana has been involved in quite a few films and songs. This two-part series will cover both of those topics with the first one being movies.
If you read our previous article, then you will be familiar with the first two films on this list. “The Legend of Boggy Creek” was directed by Texarkana native Charles B. Scott and is a documentary-drama about the “Fouke Monster,” a big foot-like creature that terrorized the Texarkana area. The legend was from the 1950s but was not adapted into the movie until 20 years later. The movie is not very good, but it is nostalgic to the Texarkana area. The “Boggy Creek” story has had numerous spin offs and sequels, one done by Charles himself, and they are not worth watching. The original film is entertaining and should be viewed by residents of the Texarkana area.
“The Town That Dreaded Sundown” was also in our “things to do” article. The second film directed by Charles B. Scott is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” is loosely based off of the “Texarkana Moonlight Murders”, a string of killings around Spring Lake Park in 1940s. If you are interested in seeing this movie wait until the end of October to watch it. The City of Texarkana shows “the Town That Dreaded Sundown” outside at Spring Lake Park near Halloween every year. Watching the movie at the same location where some of the murders took place adds an eerie effect to the viewing experience.
Texarkana is not near as important to the plot of these next films, with some of them just saying the name is passing. The following are in alphabetical order:
Texarkana has a miniscule role in American Psycho. The restaurant where Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) and Paul Allen (Jared Leto) meet for dinner is named Texarkana. American Psycho is a great drama about an investment banker that is a murderous psychopath.
Norwood is film from 1970 about a Marine returning from duty and looking to find his place in the world. The main character, Norwood Pratt, is from a small town near Hooks, TX, which is about 15 minutes from Texarkana. Early into the film Norwood meets a business man from Texarkana that offers him a job.
The movie is rather quirky and is not anything spectacular, but if you are looking to kill 96 minutes then it’s worth a watch. The movie has some big actors for being such a small film, the main character is played by Glen Campbell, a Grammy Award winning singer, Dom DeLuise, acted is many Mel Brooks films, Kim Darby, actress from “True Grit” and “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers”, and even football star Joe Namath.
This 1993 Kevin Costner film is another film that mentions Texarkana in passing. Costner is an escaped convict driving cross-country with a boy he kidnapped, they are asked where they are from by a farmer, Costner replies, “Drove from Texarkana Yesterday.” The second mention of Texarkana is shortly after the first. Phillip, the kidnapped boy, is asked how Texarkana was and he replies vaguely.
Texarkana was a detour for the main cast during “One False Move.” It was not heavily focused in the film but they mentioned the city and stopped there as well. The film itself, regardless of Texarkana’s importance, is pretty good. The early 1990s crime drama provides good character story lines and a satisfying ending.
This is perhaps the most well know movie where Texarkana plays a important role in the story. Texarkana was the pick-up location for Burt Reynold’s payload in the movie, and ultimately where his chase begins. This is a classic Burt Reynolds movie when he was in his prime and is a great viewing experience for everyone.
The remake of the 1980’s “Family Vacation” fell short to meet the mark of the original. There is no direct Texarkana relevance, however you can see “Texarkana 125” on a road sign while the family is driving down an Arkansas highway. Although the movie is not great it is nice to see our city on the big screen.
The Johnny Cash biographical film has a scene in Texarkana that Cash is not even in. Elvis Presley has a concert in the Twin City during the film. “Walk the Line” is a great movie that depicts the struggles of Cash’s life and the early stages of the music scene.
“Zombieland” was the beginning of the gigantic zombie fad that has taken over the world. The horror-comedy brought fans a movie that hasn’t been seen since “Shaun of the Dead.” Early into the movie Texarkana gets a shout-out from one of the main characters, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). Whether you are a fan of zombies, Texarkana, the actors in the movie, or just enjoy film check out “Zombieland”.