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Tourist Trap (1979)

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Release Date: Mar 16, 1979 Wide

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In this horror outing, a seemingly abandoned desert gas station turns out to be a grotesque museum filled with murderous mannequins who come to life when visitors come to call. The ill-fated "guests" are lured in by a strange siren's song. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Jan 11, 2000

Astral Films

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Unless you have a severe phobia of mannequins, you'd best be looking for your cheap scares a little further on down the road.

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A truly unique concept for a Slasher film, Tourist Trap directed by David Schmoeller (Puppet Master) is a tense, creepy and very well done film. Unlike many Slasher films that came after it, this film has barely any gore, and uses suspense to build up the chills and tension. Add to that the killer's mannequins, which are very eerie, and add so much dread to the overall tone of the film. The story itself is fairly simple, but the filmmakers know how to pull off something effectively entertaining by having the killer play a cat and mouse game with his victims. The standout of the film is Chuck Connors as Slaussen, the owner of the museum, and who is perfect as the films villain. Slaussen turns his victims into mannequins for his museum. This is a terrific, obscured gem of late 70's horror. This is a nightmarish film, and it leaves on the edge of your seat. The mannequins are a key component in delivering the chills and David Schmoeller keeps the ball rolling as the elements unfold before the unsuspecting viewer. The beauty part about Tourist Trap is that, it doesn't rely on logic, and you never know what to expect. Everything is a surprise, and this is what separates this Slasher film from the rest. Tourist Trap is a truly satisfying horror gem that every horror fan should check out. This is definitely David Schmoeller's best film, as Puppet Master lacked in terms of effective scares and engaging story. Tourist Trap is a memorable film, and one of the standouts in the genre. This has plenty of bits from previous horror works, which I won't spoil, but it plays out beautifully for a very imaginative horror experience.
June 7, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Late 70s slasher all set in a mannequin museum where four unlucky friends find themselves preyed upon by the psychotic owner. What this one lacks in gore and sleaze it makes up for in sheer creepiness! There's some real spine-tingling moments with the mannequins being used very effectively. Unfortunately the pace drops too often in between the shocks and I did find myself a little bored at times. I do prefer my slashers to be accompanied by good bloody death scenes but the kills in this are very tame, but they still have a creepy quality to them. Chuck Conners does very well in his role and is very menacing indeed. This one is definitely for those who prefer atmosphere over non-stop carnage.
December 9, 2011
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Lee ?

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Holy crap, those were some creepy dolls.

Slightly reminiscent of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Maniac with a hint of The Boogeyman (1980).
October 7, 2009
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