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on 21 April 2012
For 1979 this is a very forward horror with a fantastic story and a great cast, there are some very strange and imaginative ideas in this film and some of them are genuinely very creepy, if you love old school horror then this is worth picking up.

The 88 films Blu-ray version is great and the best release, the picture quality is really good with their new HD transfer, there is a good making of feature too. You get a cool reverse sleeve of the proper original artwork.
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on 18 June 2015
Absolutely batsh*t crazy film starring Chuck "Tin Can Alley" Connors as the owner of a delapidated wax museum.

He ends up with a party of 5 twenty-somethings arrive and old Chuck doesn't take it too well.

There are many mental moments in this excellent comedy horror-my faves-Chuck cross-dressing, the "WTF" moment near the end when out hero goes to rescue the damsel in distress and the hlarious fade out.
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on 17 May 2012
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 plate..it 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 DVD..it's what true horror classic fans like me have been waiting for..to 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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on 2 July 2012
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 the people behind (well the people who put the money up for) the original Halloween.

A group of friends stumble onto a so called 'museum' ran by the great character actor Chuck Connors. Now Chucky boy does rather enjoy turning people into living mannequins, so the friends are in for a bit of a rough ride ahead.

I remember seeing this one at my local video shop in the early 80's in the old cardboard sleeve from Media. The scary dummy face has been used as the film's main selling point down through the years and even today the film does strike a very eerie vibe with the mannequins. There are some pretty good moments throughout the picture which today are still darn right creepy especially anything involving the dummies moving and making noises.

Connors does a fine job as the film's villain and the supporting cast including a pre Charlie's Angels' Tanya Roberts do pretty well in thinly written roles. The effects are still fairly impressive today and seeing they are all 'in camera' they work very well.

Today's audience might find it all a bit dated and perhaps even quaint, but for the generation that prowled the aisles of the video shop in a time of VHS and Betamax it's time to relive part of our youth. Saying that, I can't honestly remember if I saw it back then. I've seen it now and it does confirm my fears that mannequins are bloody horrible and I'm sure they always look at me whenever I'm in M&S. If are a 'kid' give it a go, it's miles better than a lot of so called 'horror' out there.
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on 14 March 2014
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. The glue here is obviously Chuck Conners who will be rememberd by a certain generation for the countless disaster movies he starred in. He turns in a decent performance.

As for the others it's all rather borderline. The movie works though because of the creepy mannequins and the setting is just perfect.
The 20th anniversary includes a bunch of features and director commentary.
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on 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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on 23 April 2014
The picture actually looks good, better than 88 Films' previous DVD release.

Yes the film has been re-edited. 88 Films say they don't know who did this, but that this is the only HD master available to them.

Is it censored? No. No violence or contentious material is missing. Those familiar to the film will know there's precious little to censor anyway.

Is it cut? "Re-edited" seems to be a better description. Whole scenes have been removed while a couple have been repositioned at different parts in the film. It's an odd, annoying move but the film still plays coherently. The fact that the director recorded a commentary track over this new version without remark suggests that he was responsible for this new edit. But some confirmation or prior notice would've avoided a lot of hullabaloo.

Picture quality, sound and new extras warrant a 4 out 5 in my opinion. But until the mystery of the new edit is cleared up this gets a 3.
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on 22 April 2014
5 minutes missing from this 88 films release and scenes in an incorrect order. Not worth the money wait for a better US release, probably scream factory
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on 23 July 2007
Basic plot. Teens car breaks down at the lost oasis. The owner takes them in but his mad brother who is obsessed with mannequin dolls and masks decides to stalk them one by one. Pretty average movie, parts of the plot have not aged well at all (you can see who the killer is a mile away), no blood at all so avoid if thats what you are looking for. Does have some freaky scences especially with the mannequins with the big mouths and freaky dolls. Some of the bits with the killer using his powers (which are never explained) are pretty good thou. Not an essential purchase by any means but okay if your bored. Kinda like a no blood and slighty predictable mix of dolls and the texas chainsaw massacre.
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on 20 April 2014
I was waiting for this blu-ray for a long time. What a shame! DOn't waste your money on this people.
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