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Worth A Look: 18.75%
Average: 21.88%
Pretty Bad: 25%
Total Crap: 3.13%

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Tourist Trap
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by Brian McKay

"As with the average tourist trap, you'd be better off to just keep driving."
2 stars

TOURIST TRAP sports all the trappings of a bad 70's horror film - because that's exactly what it is. This whacked-out tale of a lonely roadside wax museum curator (Chuck Connors), and the five kids who make the mistake of breaking down at his front door, has a few amusing moments and one or two creepy touches, but what should be a trip into the macabre is just a brief roadside excursion into silliness.

If TOURIST TRAP has a saving grace, it would be its over the top performance by Chuck Connors (who I grew up watching in the role of one of Television's all-time bad-asses: The Rifleman). Chuck plays the lonely and creepy owner of a now-defunct roadside wax museum. Okay, Tonya Roberts looks pretty good in Daisy Dukes and a boob tube, so I guess that's two saving graces.

Connors is amusing in the role of Mr. Slauson, as well as Mr. Slauson's crazy twin brother (or is he?) who has a house full of mannequins, unexplained telekinetic abilities, and the power to turn humans into floor displays. Oh, and he also likes to wear a blonde wig, talk like Harvey Firestein, and parade around in a mannequin mask. This is what became of The Rifleman? The Horror.

Sadly, the downward spiral of Connors' career that the film is indicative of is about the most horrifying thing it has to offer. Oh sure, it's got a house full of creepy-looking mannequins, which is a good start. But the plot is so completely predictable, meandering, and borderline retarded that it sucks all of the potential for genuinely creepy atmospherics right out of the airlock. A dark room full of mannequins looks creepy enough, but when all they really do is unhinge their jaws and go "Aaaaaaaaah!", or sing in tune with the film's incredibly cheesy score - well, that's not scary, it's just silly. A better example of the "scary mannequin" film can be found in the 1987 movie Dolls, which is also rather silly but has several moments that are genuinely creepy, and handles the humorous aspects of the story more adeptly so as to not make it excessively campy.

I suppose in the end TOURIST TRAP lives up to its namesake - it's a way to kill some time, but not a particularly exciting one. Unless you have a severe phobia of mannequins, you'd best be looking for your cheap scares a little further on down the road.

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User Comments

7/25/17 Chaz Walter I really enjoyed this one. 5 stars
10/17/14 McSean This movie creeped me out as a kid and I still find it a bit on the creepy side 4 stars
7/28/13 Kristi Love this 70's cult movie-hilarious and creepy 4 stars
5/20/12 keith miron Surpisingly good 5 stars
7/16/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Not half bad 3 stars
2/13/10 geowiz bad movie fun..some weird creepy moments..conners a hoot 4 stars
10/03/06 Alfred Guy Dummies are scary! And so is Chuck Conners! 4 stars
12/08/05 steven smith Great horrific memories from this low-budget shocker! 5 stars
11/06/05 ShadowFace5 One of the best 5 stars
2/23/05 David Fowler Stephen King likes it, I like it! 70's horror kicks ass! 5 stars
7/23/04 American Slasher Goddess Nice perf. by Conners, but not scary in the least. 2 stars
7/19/04 poopface best "B" rate horror flick ever...silly, creepy, and intelligent in its stupidity. 5 stars
5/22/04 Lynn I saw this film in the 4th grade, it scared me to death. I wanted to see it as an adult to 4 stars
4/03/04 Zach Really cool! 5 stars
12/04/03 Captain Risher Molly, Join Us ||| Hows your soup? Loved this classic filf 5 stars
11/26/03 michael horner This over the top! I love it soooo much! Chuck Connors is ravashing in a wig! 5 stars
3/11/02 Brad Streep Soooooo BAD- yet so wonderful!!!! Makes me wanna put dummy's in my car!! 5 stars
11/01/00 Rabid Ryan creeepy atmosphere, over the top performance by Chuck Connors, way better than your average 4 stars
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