Tourist Trap

1979

Action / Horror

38
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 5427

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Cast

Tanya Roberts as Becky
Chuck Connors as Mr. Slausen
Linnea Quigley as Mannequin
Dal McKennon as Mask - Laugh
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692.19 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 3 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by The_Void 7 / 10

continuing Paramount's streak of atmospheric gems!

The slasher sub-genre has been pretty much exhausted - in fact, even by 1979, just one year after the supposed 'first slasher', Halloween (which was released seven years after Bay of Blood), was released; the sub-genre wasn't far from being exhausted; but Tourist Trap represents one of the more original outings. The film follows the same basic formula as most slashers - i.e. madman murders a load of kids, but draws its originality from the fact that madman is shown from the beginning (as opposed to an unseen assailant or a man in a mask) and we actually get some insight into his character. The fact that this killer also has telekinetic abilities, including being able to control the wax dummies that fill his house, adds to the originality. We kick off with a great opening sequence, which sees a young man fall foul of having a flat tire after finding himself in a gas station of terror. The scene is amazingly creepy, as the wax dummies taunt him and things fly from the shelves - and it gives the audience a great insight into what is to come; namely, a very creepy horror film!

The acting credibility is as non-existent as you would expect from a seventies slasher, but to be honest; it's not all that bad. The girls look hot, the boys don't really matter; and Chuck Connors is more than adequately creepy in the role of the psycho. He's not exactly Anthony Perkins; but still, good enough. It's not the acting that's the star of the show, however, and as you might expect - the creepy atmosphere takes that prize. Wax models, as proved by the likes of House of Wax (Vincent Price version...) are very creepy; and the film makes best use of that fact. There are very few things in cinema that can be frightening by simply being there - but wax statues are definitely one of those things. The killer's special ability could easy have gotten in the way of the atmosphere, but the film makes best use of this fact, even, by having various things fly off shelves and it goes well with the rest of the movie. On the whole, this is a very good film. While Tourist Trap might not be absolutely essential viewing; it's well worth seeing and I can recommend it.

Reviewed by GroovyDoom 9 / 10

Just when you think you know what is going on.....

There's a lot to be said for the pleasures of this movie, but the best that could be said is that the filmmakers are very adept at diverting the attention of the viewer from the obvious plot contrivances and lapses in logic and motivation, making for an enjoyable little thriller that actually delivers quite a few scares and startling images.

The film contains homages to "Psycho" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", especially in the plot elements that have been lifted from these classics. Chuck Connors plays a reclusive man who presides over a secluded "tourist trap", in this case a museum filled with wax dummies, mannequins, and other bric-a-brac. Motorists who develop car trouble seem to be the prime victims for the evil that lurks there, and the film opens with the murder of a character named Woody who ventures to the museum for help. Others soon follow looking for him, a group of four friends on one of those aimless jaunts that can only end in murder and mayhem in films such as these. We know this, and the filmmakers don't insult us by suggesting that we don't, throwing in knowing winks such as the sight of a vulture on a sign that says "CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC!" (accompanied by an ominous musical stinger, of course).

The young people are quickly lured into situations where they are victimized by a man in a doll-like mask, sort of a cross between the Shape from "Halloween" and Leatherface from "Texas Chainsaw". It's not quite clear what the intent of this figure is, but he seems to turn them into half-human mannequins who are forever imprisoned in the museum. The actors are effective in that they bring a certain one-dimensional realism to their roles...the vapid boyfriend, the sassy sexpot, the goody-two-shoes and the "other" one, played by Tanya Roberts from "Charlie's Angels". The virginal girl is Molly, played by the extremely well-cast Jocelyn Jones, and Molly finds that she has become the object of affection of the resident psychopath victimizing her friends.

The film features a great buildup of tension toward the climax, which features an image that elicits campy laughter as well as a chill. You won't find many movies where mannequins are supposed to strike terror into the hearts of the viewers, but "Tourist Trap" goes for the gusto and winds up being very entertaining.

Reviewed by Vancity_Film_Fanatic 5 / 10

Watch it with the lights out if you dare!

Although widely under appreciated, "Tourist Trap" is still a notable and worthwhile entry into the horror genre. The first film directed by David Schmoeller (of Puppet Master fame). Pino Donaggio's score is nothing short of amazing; elevating the film to a whole other level in terms of both tension and atmosphere. Connors delivers a deliciously over the top performance as Mr. Slausen; the other actors are all competent considering that this is a low budget flick. For being close to 26 years old, the film has stood up extremely well - a creepy back woods setting, decent effects, and few hidden surprises in the script; it's worthwhile viewing for any horror enthusiast. A definite cult classic! My grade 8/10.

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