Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap

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Director: David Schmoeller

Cast: Chuck Connors, Jon Van Ness, Jocelyn Jones

     
 

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Cult Video's DVD of Tourist Trap delivers this lesser-known cult favorite in a package that is surprisingly nice for a low-priced title. The print that Cult used for the transfer shows its age, especially around reel changes, but delivers a vivid and surprisingly colorful widescreen image that further benefits from anamorphic enhancement. The audio is limited

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Cult Video's DVD of Tourist Trap delivers this lesser-known cult favorite in a package that is surprisingly nice for a low-priced title. The print that Cult used for the transfer shows its age, especially around reel changes, but delivers a vivid and surprisingly colorful widescreen image that further benefits from anamorphic enhancement. The audio is limited to mono but delivers the film's soundtrack (especially its creepy musical score) with a reasonable amount of sonic punch. In terms of extras, Tourist Trap features the film's original theatrical trailer, a variety of trailers for other Cult Video titles like Parasite and Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity, cast lists for the film's actors, and a short interview with director David Schmoeller. The director also did a full-length commentary for the film; there is the occasional silent patch, but Schmoeller delivers plenty of information in a low-key style, including both insights into low-budget filmmaking and fun tidbits about the film's cast and crew (ex. the director of photography was the son of the legendary Josef Von Sternberg). In short, Tourist Trap is a worthwhile edition of this film for its fans and well-worth a look for cult movie fans in search of some vintage spookiness.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Pediophobes beware! For anyone who has caught themselves looking over their shoulder to reassure themselves that that creepy mannequin in the department store display didn't just blink, Tourist Trap will make you think twice before making that much-needed trek to the local mall. With an atmosphere recalling such memorably intense shockers as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and anticipating such future horror classics as The Evil Dead, Tourist Trap just might be one of the most underappreciated low-budget horror films of the 1970s. Favoring unsettling sound and imagery in favor of gratuitous gore and shock tactics, and featuring a giddily loony performance by Chuck Connors, Tourist Trap's nightmarish atmosphere and logic propel it a step ahead of its contemporaries. Numerous scenes of screaming mannequins menacing their victims have a certain way of getting under your skin despite the temptation toward awkward laughter, with a surreal night-terror logic often teetering between downright silly and absolutely horrifying. Add to that a dash of black humor and you're in for an unsettling exploration into the mind of a deranged, telekinetic schizophrenic and the horrific secret process for creating his disturbingly lifelike mannequins. Pino Donaggio's quirky score serves as a curious contrast to the ons-creen mayhem, with an almost humorous slink rendering the sometimes tongue-in-cheek dialogue and suspense scenes even more awkwardly frightening; and, of course, saving a few off-key stingers for maximum impact. A curiosity in the age of fright films where gore and violence substitute for genuine horror, Tourist Trap may not remain as popular as many of its contemporaries, though the primal instincts of fear it taps into leave an undeniable impression and sense of discomfort on the viewer that's impressive for a film of any era.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/1998
UPC:
0763843802261
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Cult Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Audio commentary with director David Schmoeller; New digital transfer from the original negative; Cast filmographies; Over 40 Full Moon trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chuck Connors Slausen
Jon Van Ness Jerry
Jocelyn Jones Molly
Robin Sherwood Eileen
Tanya Roberts Becky
Keith McDermott Woody
Dawn Jeffery Actor

Technical Credits
David Schmoeller Director,Screenwriter
James Allen Production Designer
Robert A. Burns Art Director
J. Larry Carroll Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Band Executive Producer
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Richard Helmer Special Effects
Ted Nicolaou Editor
Ron Underwood Asst. Director
Nicholas Josef von Sternberg Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [1:42]
2. Stranded [2:55]
3. Anybody Home? [4:41]
4. Closed To The Public [3:40]
5. A Helpful Stranger [4:28]
6. Slauson's Museum [4:35]
7. Curiosity Killed The Cat [3:19]
8. A Good Wife [3:56]
9. An Unnatural Attachment [3:50]
10. Looking For Eileen [5:52]
11. Captives [3:36]
12. Plasterface [5:35]
13. Davey Reflects [3:05]
14. Run, Little Girl, Run [5:32]
15. Good Golly Miss Molly [4:33]
16. An Intimate Dinner [2:05]
17. Such A Pretty Girl [2:23]
18. Getting Away [4:38]
19. Guess Who? [2:46]
20. It's Time [4:37]
21. The Story Unfolds [5:07]
22. A Knock On The Door [2:21]
23. Slauson Cut-Off [2:50]
24. End Credits [1:42]

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Tourist Trap 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
last time i seen this movie was when it first came out, i was 6, and it has stuck with me since! they don't make horror movies like this one anymore. definetly a must see! low budget movies just got better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most terrifying films I have ever seen and I don't scare easy. It was released theatrically in the summer of 1979 when I was just nine-years-old. I am thirty-five now and it still frightens me. I bought a VHS copy of Tourist Trap in 1996, but had to give it to my girlfriend at the time because I just couldn't watch it, it was that creepy. Chuck Connors stars as a derranged magician and owner of a roadside museum/gas station. He has the ability to turn humans into mannequins and make them part of his lonely, yet horrifying world, forever. It's a real tourist trap and one you'll never forget. Watch it if you can and don't you dare turn out the lights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tourist Trap is easily, one of the most terrorfying, movies of all time. It has more scares, then anything in theatres today! Tourist Trap is about a group of friends: Keith McDermot, Jocelyn Jones, That 70's Show's, Tanya Roberts, Jon Van Ness, and Robin Sherwood who decide to take a road trip. Well along the way, one of the cars breaks down, and the friends decide to wait with it, while one of them goes to get help. Hours after hours pass, until the teens meet, Mr. Slausen (Chuck Connors), a seemingly nice man, who leads them to his "tourist trap", a museum of mannequins. Well the teens, thinking they are saved, go with him, but as the night wears on, each teen will be exposed to horror after horror, until fear is eternal, and reality does not exist. Who will make it out of, the tourist trap?..........