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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 a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's 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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Stephen King praised the film in his book Danse Macabre, especially its frightful opening scene. See more »

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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 »

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[repeated line]
Davey: You're so pretty.
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In the credits, Mr. Slausen is spelled differently than on all of the signs in the movie with his name. See more »

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Remake of The Spider Will Kill You (1976) See more »

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A weird and wonderful thriller
22 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

1979's Tourist Trap is a clever, unique B thriller that stands out as one of the best of it's kind.

Travellers stop at a lonely wax museum where the owner's mannequins are a little too life-like for comfort.

While the film has hints of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tourist Trap is mainly a creepy psychological thriller worthy of The Twilight Zone. Director David Schmoeller gives this movie an atmosphere of darkness and mystery, that reaches nightmarish proportions. Also, Schmoelloer adds the occasional touch of comic relief to the bizarre happenings.

Venteran actor Chuck Connors is the best of the film's decent cast. Pino Donaggio's music score is excellent, having both lyrical and solemn themes that are perfect to the movie. A number of the film's sequences are quite memorable.

For horror and thriller fans alike, Tourist Trap is an unforgettable must-see film.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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