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â€śA deeply weird late '70s quasi-slasher â€¦ if you have a taste for strangeness and endangered teens and you still need proof that mannequins are inherently creepy, then you must check out Tourist Trap.â€ťâ€“ Doomed Moviethon
"Every Year Young People Disappear."
Getting sucked into a roadside tourist trap and buying an armload of useless trinkets is bad enough, but when you also have to deal with knife-wielding maniacs, telekinetic killers and demonic mannequins, itâ€™s definitely time to consider air travel for your next vacation. In the highly strange, frequently confusing and occasionally frightening 1979 horror flick Tourist Trap, a carload of dumb teens on a desert road trip experience automotive trouble and stumble across a creepy roadside gas station/gift shop conveniently located smack dab in the middle of nowhere. Since they obviously have not seen enough bad horror films, the teens donâ€™t simply run in the other direction â€“ instead, they hang around long enough to discover that this Tourist Trap is actually a grotesque museum run by a loony proprietor (played by square-jawed Rifleman star Chuck Conners), and filled with obnoxious singing mannequins who come to murderous life whenever visitors come to call. Throw in some gratuitous telekinetic mayhem, a little cross-dressing action, bizarre plaster-casting murders and a skinny dipping scene involving future Charlieâ€™s Angels star Tanya Roberts, and brother, youâ€™ve got yourself one very weird (and highly underrated) terror trash classic scavenged from equal parts Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Carrie and Mannequin 2: On the Move (OK, Tourist Trap was technically released before Mannequin 2, but hey, whoâ€™s really keeping track?). (Dir. by David Schmoeller, 1979, USA, 90 mins., Rated PG) Digital