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Tourist Trap
(1979)
Reviewed by John Perry
Rating: 3.5 Beans

ack when I was a little kid, a local television station used to show bad low-budget slasher flicks late at night. Though all the good stuff (language, gore, nudity) was edited out, it was still a thrill to stay up late and get scared. "Tourist Trap", one of these movies, was one of the scariest. For years after I had a natural phobia of mannequins and dark houses in the middle of nowhere. So, about two years ago I saw it on the video shelf and I decided to rent it for old times' sake. Now I know what really scared me: the bad acting, bad direction, and the hilariously awful performance of Chuck Connors!

Set in the middle of nowhere, the story starts off with a young man walking down a road in search for help because his car broke down. After finding an old run-down house, he decides to go inside (he obviously never saw a horror movie before), only to be terrorized and killed by a bunch of life-like mannequins with telepathic powers. (!)

A few hours later, his friends (3 girls and a guy) get tired of waiting for him, and go skinny-dipping in a nearby pond (how original). That's when they meet Mr. Slausen (Connors), a seemingly kind older man who lives nearby. He takes them into their house, while they are killed off one by one by his gang of insane mannequins.

It may sound original and scary, but it's actually pretty lame. However, if you're ever stuck babysitting a complete brat and you want to traumatize them for life, "Tourist Trap" worked on me!






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