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Get Caught in the TRAP!,
This review is from: Tourist Trap (DVD)
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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Initial post: Apr 6, 2011 2:36:30 AM PDT
W. Ramirez says:
WOW!!! I think we watched this movie the same Saturday afternoon you watched it. Scared the hell out of my 7 year old butt. The killer's voice behind the mask just gives you chills, the moving manequins screams and sounds gets in your head, and the ending is awesome. Kind of cheesy effects, but they work. Don't try to out think it, just enjoy. I am so glad I they put it on DVD...and at a great price!!!
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