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Tourist Trap (1979)

Chuck Connors , Jocelyn Jones , David Schmoeller  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts
  • Directors: David Schmoeller
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: CULT VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 1998
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1573471046
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tourist Trap" on IMDb

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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See my Friend! Molly! January 21, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of the best horror films of the 1970's has finally been given a long overdue home video makeover. TOURIST TRAP is the most frightening movie ever made about mannequins, and a classic example that a low budget can be a horror film's greatest asset. In today's predictable, estrogen-driven MTV style of filmmaking wherein the writers believe that blood, gore, and throwaway lines are the ingredients necessary to make a horror film, TOURIST TRAP blows that notion out of the water. The film possesses an air of originality thanks to Nicholas Von Sternberg's beautiful visual style and superb editing by Ted Nicolaou. The story itself is similar to PSYCHO, but it's done with such pinache that one might not initially realize it. Brian DePalma's SISTERS (1973) is another great PSYCHO inspiration that you should check out if you already have not.
I first saw this movie one Saturday afternoon on TV in the mid-80's and it left one hell of an impression on me. It begins with what is unquestionably one of the most bizarre and frightening openings ever done in a horror film. A group of friends are on vacation when one of their tires blows out. Woody, the driver, walks to a gas station to get some help, but he finds himself in a situation that would give just about anyone a heart attack.
Enter Chuck Connors. He gives a wonderful and ultimately surprisingly sympathetic performance as Mr. Slausen, a congenial and charming gentleman who owns a now-defunct roadside souvenir shop/wax museum. When he meets up with Woody's friends who are concerned about Woody's whereabouts, Mr. Slausen comes to the rescue, but a series of horrendously bizarre events begin to transpire.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Caught in the TRAP! July 23, 2003
THE TOURIST TRAP was mentioned by STEPHEN KING as one of his favorite movies. It was supposed to reinvent Chuck Connors as a Lon Chaney for the 1980s. It didn't do great at the box office, because ... well it was surrounded by other slasher flicks that were R-rated, and despite what it says on the box this only earned a PG. But it has endured to become a cult classic, largely due to the fact it was easily shown on television (don't have to cut much out!).
It's a creepy little story about a group of teens who get stranded on a lonely highway, and taken to a curious wax museum where they are picked off one by one in order of their sexual promiscuity. Sounds pretty typical for 80s horror, but this one has the killer having telekinetic powers so that objects fly, manequins scream, and mayhem breaks out. The climax is very different from its peer group! The last shot of the movie burns into your mind, and suddenly you realize ... TOURIST TRAP ain't a bad place to find some shivers! Kinda like CARRIE crossed with HALLOWEEN! Odd note is that Dino Pinaggio who scored CARRIE also worked on the music for this one.
This DVD version features a wide-screen transfer, and commentary by the director. And it's cheap! You get a lot of bang for the buck here. If you're a horror fan this is a must. If you don't like the gore in most horror movies this is a must! It's a creepy classic that should have everybody caught in its spell.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
There are five minutes mysteriously deleted from this edition of Tourist Trap, as well as several frame rate conversion errors. In addition the disc has a paltry file size of just over 9 GB for the film itself - barely better than a dual-layer DVD! - and a correspondingly anemic bitrate. Avoid this release at all costs, it is a typical Full Moon con job!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an effective rip-off May 27, 2001
Like many reviewers have already stated here, "Tourist Trap" is the kind of movie you see as a little kid and have horrifying flashbacks of, even years later. It's a testament to this film's intense settings and mounting suspense that it's still regarded so highly today, because not much of it is original.
Director David Schmoeller, who got a tour-de-force performance out of Klaus Kinski in "Crawlspace," does the same with aging rifleman Chuck Connors. He plays Slausen, a lonely yet kind man who runs a curio shop in the middle of nowhere. A group of teens show up quickly enough with the requisite car trouble, and Slausen shows hospitality but can't warn them enough about staying away from a nearby farmhouse. In typically predictable fashion (once night rolls around, of course) the teens start to disappear and will--at one point or another--come face to face with "Davey," Slausen's alleged brother who turns his unfortunate victims into mannequins.
Sound familiar? It goes without saying that a bulk of "Tourist Trap" is ripped directly from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," but manages to stand on its own. The supporting actors make a genuine attempt to be more than one-dimensional mannequin fodder, Pino Donaggio's score is effectively creepy, and the settings are terrifying in their realism (the farmhouse populated with mannequins is the stuff nightmares are made of). Schmoeller builds suspense beautifully here, and for once makes the dead of night seem brilliantly unpredictable, instead of the opposite.
In short, "Tourist Trap" is as potent today as it was over 20 years ago. The remastered DVD looks great, has sufficient extras, and can be found pretty cheap (depending on where you look). This is a treat for genre fans--sure, it isn't very original, but you're not likely to see many films more intense than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mannequins...
I'll admit, I was skeptical about this movie but it is a really creepy film. It has various scenes that were really spooky, well acted throughout. Read more
Published 3 days ago by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars arrived on time and worked great
odd old flick. but, arrived on time and worked great
Published 7 days ago by christopher r. slusar
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange and interesting horror
I enjoy this little horror flick quite a bit. I may be a little bias as i have the hots for Tanya Roberts, but even with a different actress i probably still would have enjoyed... Read more
Published 23 days ago by M. Bartel
1.0 out of 5 stars simply awful
I have a high tolerance for low-budget horror movies that at least have reasonably good acting, a coherent plot, etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary E. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Tourist Trap 1979 Full Moon Blu-Ray - DON'T BUY - EDITED...
Don't buy the Full Moon Blu-Ray release of this film, look for an older DVD release. The movie itself is great, truly worth seeking out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I should have gone to Holiday-Inn.
Hadn't seen this since its original release. It still holds up well. It seems after "The Rifleman " was cancelled Chuck Conners changed his name and job. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dee Dee
1.0 out of 5 stars love 80s horror, not this one
I love most of the 80s horror movies, however, this one left a lot to be desired. It was very slow moving and a lot of it made zero sense. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror!!!
I love the 70's and 80's horror movies they are still the best thank goodness for an abundance of them.
Published 4 months ago by charles
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
Published 4 months ago by WP
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
Another 70s flick i enjoyed as a youth and still loved it. Fun to watch and brought back some childhood memories when i used to visit the movies quite often..
Published 5 months ago by Ronnie Pennell
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