Tourist Trap


Action / Horror


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Tanya Roberts as Becky
Chuck Connors as Mr. Slausen
Linnea Quigley as Mannequin
Jon Van Ness as Jerry
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692.19 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 3 / 5

Movie Reviews

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.

Reviewed by Jonny_Numb 6 / 10

see this as a child, and be scarred (and scared) for life...

There was a time, back before USA became the home of Emmy-award winning programming, when you could turn on the TV on a Saturday night and be treated to such highbrow programming as "Slugs," "Shock Waves," and the pervasively atmospheric creepfest, "Tourist Trap." Out of all the horror films I remember from my childhood, TT arguably left the most visible mark. As my family would gather around the TV and behold the spooky wonder of a house full of mannequins (my father was a fan of Chuck Connors as "The Rifleman"), I would go to my room and cower under the bed when things got too scary. For as much as this film (and others) frightened me, I was simultaneously drawn to the discomfort they produced. Scenes of a woman's face being turned into a plaster mask, a man impaled by a flying pipe, and a knife to the back of the skull left haunting marks on my neuroses that periodically popped up in the years that followed (during which, unfortunately, TT was near impossible to find on VHS).

Having 'grown up' considerably since that time, and recently revisiting the 'ol "Trap" on DVD, I must say it has lost only a smidgen of its ability to shock. As a child, I didn't pay as much attention to pacing (especially with commercial breaks inserted every 10 minutes) or acting quality, because the horrific events were amplified ten-fold in my eyes and mind.

Now, a lot of the acting seems over-the-top and amateurish (Connors, however, maintains a professional veneer throughout), and some scenes drag to the point where the subtitle "Just killing time" should be superimposed at the bottom of the screen. Granted, these are just minor quibbles from a fan/critic who has seen much worse instances of both these traits.

Though TT still maintains a sense of terror that builds as the film progresses, my downgraded impression of it has come from being exposed to "Carrie," "Halloween," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Psycho" and others that TT writer/director David Schmoeller liberally borrows from. However, he incorporates the killer-with-psychic-powers angle with great skill, careful not to overextend his homage to the point of parody, creating something genuinely offbeat as a result. As is properly cited on the DVD, the film branches off into different levels of insanity, to the point where kindly Mr. Slausen's (Connors) mannequins begin to resemble real live people...

Not a masterpiece but far from a waste of time, "Tourist Trap" is a montage of elaborate face-masks, creepy vocal distortion, atmospheric nights, and desperate, panicked emotion. One of the more notable sleepers in the annals of horror, for those with adventurous tastes.

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