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The Tourist Trap [1979] (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]

Chuck Connors , Jocelyn Jones , David Schmoeller    DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts
  • Directors: David Schmoeller
  • Writers: David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll
  • Producers: Charles Band, Irwin Yablans, J. Larry Carroll, Leonard Baker, Michael Wolf
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cult Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 1998
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1573471046
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



'One of my favourites' --Stephen King

'Seriously creepy. It splices together elements of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Carrie and House of Wax' --Ian Berriman, SFX

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chainsaw Atmosphere 13 Aug 2007
For anyone looking for a light in the mid 70s aftermath of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this just might be it.
A lack of gore is made up by scenery and atmosphere. It's standard drive by movie hokum, with teenagers (with various acting skills), derilict gas stations, spooky houses, and dolls coming to life. However, Chuck Conners chews the scenery and spits it out, as does the scriptwriter, who delivers many original moments - the final ten minutes are simply splendid. And, apart from the killer's costume, there are no predictable cliches either.
Though, the first eight minutes of the film throws too many of its cards on the table by revealing the killers telekenetic powers too early, this is recommended to fans of the Chainsaw/Hills Have Eyes cycle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Five star film - One star blu-ray 19 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
OK, where to start.

This film is struck from the same master as the one in the US from Full Moon Features.

Whilst daytime scenes do look inherently better than the DVD counterpart (skin tones etc). This is where the good points end and the bad begin;

The film is cut from its usual 90-minute runtime to 85 minutes.

There are frame rate issues (picture jumps, slows and speeds up) throughout the whole film.

Dark/nighttime scenes are very hard to make out to near impossible (far darker than the 20th Anniversary edition on DVD).

To conclude, stick with the 20th Anniversary edition until a better HD version is released.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low budget gem! 16 April 2012
Good to see this low budget classic getting a UK release at last. Though light on gore there is something about this film that just creeps under your skin. The acting isn't particularly strong and neither is the direction but for some undefinable reason the crude effects and off kilter dialogue retain the power to disturb. If you enjoyed 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' odds are you'll enjoy this! Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I can see why its Stephen King's favorite horror film.. as he states in his biography.
There are more cultural references in this film than Tarantino, yet it has never gotten its just acknowledgment as one of the best horror films ever made.
Its film references alone are staggering, yet just on a straight ahead basis its unbelievable.

The idea of putting Chuck Conner's in a Tourist trap venue, and a horror venue, is genius in itself. The scenes are so original..when one victim is psycho-kinetically killed by a pipe, and after the loud rush of violence is over, and the soundtrack carries the drip drip drip of the victims essence dripping away resounding on a tin pie works at so many levels.

Scary, yes, but there is so much more here. This film has not gotten nearly the attention and acclaim it deserves. The soundtrack is phenomenal in itself. For a first time director on this film, David Schmoeller mines an incredible wealth of material in this work, including a level of tongue in cheek humor for viewers who are paying attention.
It's fantastic that it is now available on's what true horror classic fans like me have been waiting complete their classic libraries..

A sleeper that has withstood the test of time, fun to watch.. they don't make them like this anymore!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a disgrace. Someone at Full Moon decided this film needed some trimming (it doesn't) so they cut a few snippets here and there at their leisure, and even moved some scenes around to different spots! There is NO excuse for this. This needs to be recalled immediately and fixed. Do not buy this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Film is edited, disc has frame errors 19 April 2014
As others have been pointing out, there are five minutes mysteriously deleted from this edition of Tourist Trap, and the numerous frame errors of the US release are also unfortunately present. 88 Films have announced that they will not be recalling/replacing the defective disc, so you have been warned! This release should be avoided!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fingers need to be pointed somewhere!!!!! 19 April 2014
Many Blu-ray fans here in the U.S. are displeased and to put it bluntly, pissed at what has taken place with this release. There are multiple reports from connoisseurs and fans alike that the content of 'Tourist Trap has been edited for content! I don't know who is responsible for this butchery but anytime a director's art has been tainted with it is a travesty and an insult to all!

The handful of edits add up to about 5 minutes off the original release.Besides that I understand there are issues with frame jumps and for me, I can find better things to do with my hard earned money. I am sure this won't even be addressed or corrected and reissued. Screw you all! It's your loss!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy 70's horror. A must own! 3 May 2012
What an odd but strangely compelling film. Tourist Trap was made on a shoe string budget with an inexperienced director and only Chuck Connors as a known actor but somehow it turned out as one of the seminal horror films of the 70's. Even Stephen King thinks so apparently!!! The DVD has a decent widescreen transfer and a commentary from and interview with beardy director David Schmoeller. It also has a double sided jacket with the original poster on the inside like Arrow do. Really cool little release of an absolutely essential horror film. Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible release, 5 mins is cut!
I was waiting for this blu-ray for a long time. What a shame! DOn't waste your money on this people.
Published 14 hours ago by H. Narine
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this Blu-ray disc from for it's an incomplete edition!
If you are a true horror cinema lover, please AVOID buying this Blu-ray release. The company that produced this release is known for having good editions but sadly this is not the... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Franco
4.0 out of 5 stars Caveat
This will be a cut version, according to several reviews. According to running times for U.S. versions, it should run 90 minutes and this will be 85 min. Read more
Published 1 day ago by orvuus
3.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Conners and his crazy mannequins.
Tourist Trap is a fine horror movie, though after such a promising start the film does go all pedestrian on us which is a shame. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal slasher
This is an unusual slasher item with some teenagers finding themselves out in the backwoods with a hick farmer and his weird waxwork museum, where the models come to life and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by filmboychris
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of an old classic in a 70's kind of way
88 Films have again dug deep into the archives for this one, an old creepy classic from the late 70's directed by the guy who would go on to make the very first Puppet Master and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by misterkraig
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
A true classic a must have for an horror collection. Great to see the old classic horrors being released in the UK. Read more
Published 22 months ago by scott2411
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