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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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David Schmoeller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Mr. Slausen
Jocelyn Jones ... Molly
Jon Van Ness ... Jerry
Robin Sherwood ... Eileen
Tanya Roberts ... Becky
Dawn Jeffory ... Tina
Keith McDermott ... Woody
Shailar Coby Shailar Coby ... Davey
Arlecchino Arlecchino ... Mannequin
Victoria Richart Victoria Richart ... Mannequin
Millie Dill Millie Dill ... Mannequin
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ratoeira See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the director commentary in the 20th anniversary edition, director David Schmoeller said Chuck Connors had hoped to use his role to reinvent himself in the 80s as a Boris Karloff style horror film villain. See more »

Goofs

The amount of plaster on Tina's face. See more »

Quotes

Davey: My brother always makes me wear this stupid mask. Do you know why? Because I'm prettier than him.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Blu-Ray releases from Full Moon Features in the United States and 88 Films in the United Kingdom are missing 5 minutes of footage. See more »

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Where have YOU been, little movie!?
3 February 2012 | by microfameSee all my reviews

It's funny.....you get to middle-age....you have amassed a huge DVD collection, heavy on horror, particularly the 50's through the 80's, and you think you have seen all the "A-list" stuff. All you're trying to do now is round out the collection with obscure "B" and "C" list films....maybe some TV movies. Then, you see "Tourist Trap", and you think 'how did I miss this film?', which could easily be discussed in the same breath with Halloween, Nightmare on Elm St. and Creepshow.

This is a great, fun, scary movie. It helps that mannequins are naturally a bit creepy, being so life-like. I recall that excellent Twilight Zone episode with Anne Francis, with the mannequins moving in the department store. Tourist Trap has a big scare scene very early on, which could have been too much, too soon, but it really worked, and set the unnerving tone that the rest of the film continues. It made me realize how long it's been since I 'jumped' because of an unexpected scene in a scary movie.

Tanya Roberts was very good in this -- much better than she was as "Sheena" a few years later. The gore is not excessive for the sake of titillation, and the tension is unrelenting. The ghastly images of the mannequin mouths dropping so far open, and the screams coming out, will stay burned in my mind for a long time to come.


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