|TOURIST TRAP (director/writer: David Schmoeller; screenwriter: Larry Carroll; cinematographer: Nicholas von Sternberg; editor: Ted Nicolaou; music: Pino Donaggio; cast: Chuck Connors (Mr. Slausen), Jocelyn Jones (Molly), Jon Van Ness (Jerry), Robin Sherwood (Eileen), Keith McDermott (Woody), Shailar Coby (Davey Slausen), Tanya Roberts (Becky), Dawn Jeffory (Tina); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Larry Carroll; Astral Film (MGM); 1979)|
|"Even though the pic couldn't be
dumber or more senseless, for some it might have
some appeal because of its oddness."
by Dennis Schwartz
Monsters"/"The Possessed"/"Crawlspace") comes up with
this eerie shocker curio about a madman obsessed over
mannequins. The producer and co-writer of this
schlocky horror thriller is Larry Carroll.
Slausen (Chuck Connors) is a gimpy southerner who once
ran the now abandoned roadside tourist attraction
called "Slausen's Lost Oasis," but a new
highway took away all his business. It's a
strange museum that features a collection of lifelike
mannequins with telekinetic powers.
When the Jeep of college student Woody (Keith
McDermott) breaks down he looks inside for
help, and the dummies come to life and lure him in.
They then violently dispatch the visitor and he turns
up as a mannequin. That night his three friends come
to look for him and stop off for a swim. They meet the
sexy Becky (Tanya Roberts) and take her along to the
museum. Too bad the teens were unaware Davey
Slausen (Shailar Coby), the
demented brother of the owner, lives there and
that he has superhuman strength, and a talent for
creating such weird mannequins. Soon the mannequins
do a number on the teens. One teen survives the
nightmare, but is too disorientated to know what
one of its many creepy scenes, Tanya Roberts, a future
"Charlie's Angels," finds in her brief appearance that
the back of her head is used as a target for a
Even though the pic couldn't be dumber or more senseless, for some it might have some appeal because of its oddness.
REVIEWED ON 2/16/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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