Haunted Enloe, Texas
ENLOE, TEXAS. Enloe is way out in the lonely countryside of North East Texas. The nearest town, Commerce, is twenty-one miles away. It’s the home of my alma mater, East State University (Now Texas A&M University, Commerce). The area was settled by 1888. In 1897, the settlement began to develop around the Texas-Midland Railroad.That same year, the first Enloe post office opened reported a population of about 100. Enloe continued to grow and by 1904 had 273 inhabitants. In 1914 the population was 400. Residents could attend either the Baptist or Methodist Episcopal church and had access to a telephone exchange. Businesses included two banks, a telegraph office, a restaurant, two general stores, an apothecary, a seed store, and a bakery. Cotton shipping was the major industry, and the community supported seven cotton buyers and two gins. In 1929 the town had 450 inhabitants. In 1936 the population was 265, and the town had a school, two factories, five businesses, a post office, two churches, and about forty homes. But with the onset of World War II, more residents moved away in search of jobs. By 1956 the population totaled 186.
In 1984 Enloe had three businesses, two churches, and a factory. That year, I wrote and directed Bloodsuckers From Outer Space. In this tongue-in-cheek science-fiction thriller, an alien contaminant turns ordinary Texans into bloodthirsty brutes. One of the primary locations was "The Bloodsucker Town." The deserted, ghost town was the perfect backdrop for bloodsucker mayhem. We bused our zombie extras from Dallas. The owner of the Enloe State Bank let us use the lobby as our make-up department where all that hokey zombie make-up was applied.
In 2017, I retarned with lead actor, Thom Meyers, Cinematographer, Chad Smith and our camera man. We shot a special feature segment for the Blu Ray release of the movie called Return to Bloodsucker Town.
In 2018, Enloe was deader than ever when I took a French video crew to the town. Producer, Achud Malaxe and his cameraman were in the U.S. from Toulouse, France shooting a documentary featuring drive-in movie theaters. They were familiar with the Bloodsucker movie. I took the town .so they could shoot some scenes around the deserted downtown.
In a bizarre twist, we were surrounded by a swarm of bees. The two Frenchmen were stung several time and I was stung once on the top of my head. We couldn't escape. They continued to swarm us as we hurried around the town. Finally, we made it back to car, which was parked next to derelict cotton gin behind the downtown buildings. Miraculously, we got inside the vehicle without the bees joining us. We got out of Dodge but we took the bee stings with us!