Tourist Trap

1979

Tourist Trap

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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.

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  • Oct 22, 2014
    Borrowing elements from 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (the transvestite villain) and 'House of Wax', 1979's 'Tourist Trap' is wholly derivative but it is also one of the most unsettling horror flicks I've seen in many a moon. The usual cliches are recycled throughout from the car-that-won't-start trope to the flat tire to the skinny-dipping scene (however, being that is slapped with a PG rating, no nubile flesh is shown). It can't be denied that the atmosphere is thick with dread whenever the lifelike mannequins are inside the frame. Just the shot of peripheral eye movement from one puppet is a hair-raising moment. Once they begin to cackle with their mouths agape, it is a severely unnerving pantomime. A duality twist about the abductor's identity near the denouement is sensible from a logistical point-of-view. The syncopated sound mixing for the snortling Davey is quite disturbing. Sometimes the tenor swings too far towards the farcical side with a telekinetic Davey sharing a meal of soup with one of his autonomous figurines and the characters' actions are loathsomely stupid (splitting off in separate directions, exploring further when they hear ominous moans, etc.). Regardless of those shortcomings,'Tourist Trap' is a skin-crawling diamond in the rough that deserves more praise heaped upon it.
    Cory T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2014
    This campy classic was actually quite entertaining. The characters and dialogue were laughable, the special effects were even worse. The mannequins were rather creepy, especially when they started to pile up onto the characters. It could have been better if there was more graphic violence and better use of the lighting/music.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2012
    Tourist Trap is campy, it's weird, and it's better than it's reputation because it uses eerie music, dark lightening and creepy sets rather than violent, bloody gore. There is very little violence or gore in Tourist Trap. Instead, four friends find themselves off the highway and stumble upon a closed tourist attraction, which appears to be some kind of museum of oddities. One look and you'll no doubt understand why it went out of business. This film is very offbeat, and Chuck Connors keeps you off balance with his creepy charm throughout. The plot is confusing at times, but you never quite know whether Connors is acting alone or not until late in the film. This is an underrated 70's horror gem, flawed and fun at the same time. The best way to describe this film is part Texas Chainsaw (rural, hot, dusty 70's locations) and the remake of House of Wax (closed tourist attraction with spooky mannequins who may or may not be fake). This isn't a great piece of cinema, but horror films rarely are. But this is better than most and is certainly a worthy entry into the genre.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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