DVD Talk says, "its mix of terror, humor and police procedure is uniquely entertaining." Stomp Tokyo says, "The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a sad little movie that no one needs to see, but its true-story origins and "factual" presentation have given it a more positive reputation than it deserves." 1000 Misspent Hours points out some good elements and says, "a movie that any serious horror fan should probably see, even though they probably won’t like it very much." DVD Verdict calls it a "simple yet seminal film". The Rotten Tomatoes critics rating is 50%.