Sunday, April 5, 2015

Review: Tourist Trap

Along with Sleepaway Camp (review to come), producer Charles Band's Tourist Trap is one of those classic horror movies that should be on any self respecting horror fans' must-see list. The question is, once you've finally seen it, is it worth the wait? Stick with me!

A group of young friends stranded at a roadside museum are stalked by the owner of the place, who has the power to control his collection of mannequins.

Tourist Trap owes more than a little to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the original House of Wax, but modern horror flicks -- particularly House of 1000 Corpses -- owe a lot to this creepy, lost gem.

For one, this a nightmarish feature, one that gets more and more fucked up as it goes along. The movie descends into the illogical at times, but I found myself OK with that, as the emphasis was on frights and weird-ass set pieces, over logic. This is a horror movie -- fuck logic!

For one, Chuck Connors is creepy. I was first introduced to the veteran genre actor on the TV show Matt Houston, where he played a disturbing bad guy. Here he plays a villain who is off the chain, and he owns this flick. Big time!

Secondly, Tanya Roberts. My god, is this chick hot. And she plays a great damsel in distress here. She's not the final girl -- that honour goes to Jocelyn Jones -- but she carries a lot of the movie, and looks great doing it.

Thirdly, this is just a disturbing, weird movie. Last word. Like I said, it doesn't make a lot of sense in the end, and kind of loses its shit during the final 15 minutes, but it's still a fun, fucked up ride that offers more than a few scares.

If you are a horror fan, Tourist Trap is a must watch, and a Good one at that. Check it out!

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