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Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | | Horror | 16 March 1979 (USA)
A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by the owner of the place, who has the power to control his collection of mannequins.



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Teenagers come across a shut-in psychopath with telekinetic powers. He proceeds to use these powers to slay them one by one as well as animate the various mannequins he uses to keep himself company. Written by Dan Coker <pammyk@primenet.com>

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Every year young people disappear




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Did You Know?


Director David Schmoeller was startled when the film received a PG rating despite its disturbing subject matter. Schmoeller stated in an interview with TerrorTrap.com that he felt the film would have been more commercially successful had it received an R rating. See more »


In the scene where Mr. Slausen leaves Molly with the rifle in the truck, you can see a short male mannequin standing behind her in a sort of saloon setting. Thereafter any time you see her from the same shot, he's no longer there. See more »


Eileen: Mr. Slausen, can I use your phone?
Mr. Slausen: Oh sure, help yourself... but it doesn't work. I got nobody to call.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, Mr. Slausen is spelled differently than on all of the signs in the movie with his name. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Fun in Balloon Land (2014) See more »

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Mannequin III: Hollywood's Revenge
29 August 2000 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

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.

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