Tourist Trap (1979)

Mike Matei / October 21st, 2014

An underrated horror flick about scary dummies and a masked killer with an inventive method of murder. Effective, but uneven. Has elements of Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.


  • October 21, 2014 at 3:09 am

    That Laughing dummy is too much. Haha.

  • October 21, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Looks like you forgot to mention that Mr. Slausen was played by Chuck Connors, famous for playing The Rifleman on TV.

  • com85

    October 21, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Got to check this one out =D great monster madness James

  • Michael Longa

    October 21, 2014 at 3:51 am

    That moment when you realize this is where the jack in the box from elf got its laugh…

    • Tailikku

      October 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

      which was lifted from Lady and the Tramp

      • October 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Which is also Ripper Roo’s laugh in the Crash Bandicoot games.

  • SandBoxGiant

    October 21, 2014 at 4:20 am

    I remember this movie forcing me to cover my eyes as a kid, but I also remember a movie that gave me nightmares and still makes me question shutting off the lights at night, CrawlSpace (1986). I’m 33 now but I still cant get this movie out of my head! I looked for it on the Monster Madness list but I couldn’t find it. Any chance I missed it or you just haven’t covered it yet?

    • jasonjrf

      October 21, 2014 at 4:44 am

      Crawl Space looks pretty horrible man Just found the full movie on the Tube and fast fwd through most of it. Looks bad but in a one off interesting 80’s way so I will check it out sometime. I’m sure they havent done that one yet on any Monster Madness

      • SandBoxGiant

        October 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

        Haha The movie is horrible in that 80′s way and laughable at times, but so are most of the movies on Monster Madness. What got me is the actor that plays the serial killer in Crawl Space. He makes Buffalo Bill look like Mr. Rogers. Just looking at him makes my skin crawl.

    • Keith Nejfelt

      October 22, 2014 at 12:11 am

      You do realize Crawlspace and Tourist Trap are the same director?

      • SandBoxGiant

        October 22, 2014 at 5:07 am

        I had no idea! lol, That enplanes a lot! Perhaps that’s why this EP of Monster Madness jogged my memory of Crawlspace. Looks like he has a thing for collage girls.

  • October 21, 2014 at 5:01 am

    The guy with the mask and hat looks like “Zeke the Plumber” from “Salute your Shorts”

    • Radelta

      October 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. James should review that for monster madness that episode freaked me out as a little kid

  • john lombardo

    October 21, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Anyone else recognize Ripper Roo from Crash Bandicoot here? This is where they got his laugh from

    • October 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      OH MY GOD, THANK YOU. I had to stop everything I was doing and think to myself, “I know for a fact that I’ve never seen this movie… so why do I feel like have I heard this insane demon laugh A MILLION TIMES?” I would have taken this confusion to my grave.

  • skwij

    October 21, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Whoa. Those are some creepy-ass mannequins! I don’t know how I missed this one. Thanks!

  • Don Skiver

    October 21, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Uhh… all those scary movies about killer dolls or killer dummies or whatever…they creep me right the fuck out and I can’t watch them. Thank you, James, for a synopsis on a film I would otherwise not be able to enjoy at all (because I got to enjoy it through the safety of “Monster Madness”) 🙂

  • Sean Smith

    October 21, 2014 at 7:23 am

    wow that dummy is soo stupid

    • Stefanoragnopazzo

      October 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

      What you did, i can see it…

      sincerely, wax dummy #43

  • October 21, 2014 at 7:42 am

    That recurring laugh i keep hearing. i remember that exact same laugh from the zoo scene in Lady and the Tramp. the hyena just after the crocodile nearly decapitates Lady trying to remove the muzzle.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I wonder if Fight Nights at Freddy’s took inspiration from this.

  • October 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Yes! I always use this trailer in Grindhouse nights.

  • tylerdurden389

    October 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Glad James pointed out how this film borrows a lot of elements from other sources. He pretty much listed off everything I was thinking of in my head as I watched this video, but he forgot one important reference. The scene with the mannequins laughing and stuff moving around, the scene that makes him laugh, was CLEARLY the inspiration for the scene in Evil Dead 2, when Ash shares a laugh with all the things in the room that come to life and all start laughing at him.

  • Sam Wood

    October 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

    James, Please do Phantasm and Sleepaway Camp.

  • October 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

    When you see names like Irwin Yablans, Charles Band and Chuck Connors, one who worked as a producer on Halloween the other who produced the MSTK3k worthy Laserblast and the last known for Summer Camp Nightmare, you might just find something right in the middle quality-wise.

  • October 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    that dummy that jumps out of the closet and laughs sounds like Ripper Roo from Crash Bandicoot

  • October 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Fuck that laughing dummy! WTF? Haha!

  • October 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Djeez that dummy at the end with that creepy laugh scared the shit out of me!!!

  • gauti ásgeirsson

    October 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    The film is a kind of fun but many scenes sort of drag on for to long, especially the ending.

    • ToadRoad

      October 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      That’s my main gripe with it too. Probably a big reason it doesn’t have more fans.

  • October 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the introduction of another weird movie, I´ve never heard about before! This one´s awesome! 🙂

  • Satnav

    October 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    You should check out an earlier 70s episode of the old Doctor Who that had alien-controlled killer mannequins (well plastic objects in general really).

  • October 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Are you scared of mannequins, then stop the video.
    *watches anyways*
    I immediately regret this decision… :'(

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    This looks very unique as a horror film and depending on the person, I can still see it scaring some people. Especially kids.

  • Pablo1989

    October 21, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Living Figures 🙂 lovely just like Autons from Doctor Who
    Who made apperance 9 years before this film.

  • October 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    What is that movie in the intro, with the guy covered in blue paint and blood on the walls?

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Pretty Freaky!!!

    Love the Girl in Shorts… :3

  • Baltharoy

    October 22, 2014 at 2:57 am

    When I was a kid in 1994 or so, I saw a mannequin change position in a store. I had seen something on TV about automated mannequins that change position on a timer or something. I never thought anything of it.

  • October 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    one of the dummy’s laugh sounds like ripper roo from Crash Bandicoot.


    October 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    You should of named this Cinemassacre: obscure and forgotten gems. I kno it’s a long title and doesn’t really sound all that good but it looks like the direction you were going with this.

  • Timo Wahra

    October 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Goddamn Ripper Roo laugh.

  • greedo

    October 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    This movie almost looks too goofy to be taken seriously. The serious shots are undermined by the goofy parts that we’ve seen here. I would only watch this for the novelty value. The reaction of that guy in the beginning is soooo cheesy! Bad acting at its’ finest! 🙂

  • October 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I like this movie

  • MetalHorrorNES

    October 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Interesting, never heard of it. I see now where they got the laughing for Gremmlins. Very similar!

  • Arob50

    October 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I remember the crazy scene where the guy gets impaled by the pipe and crap thrown at him when I was a kid. Never could figure out what movie that was, but that scene stuck with me.

  • October 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I have loved this movie for a long time and introduced some twenty-somethings to it years ago. Chuck Connors is just splendid in it! My only complaint is that the lead actress, Jocelyn Jones, stinks. Tanya Roberts should have been the final girl.

    I think the reason it is so obscure is because the MPAA board gave the film a PG rating instead of an R (since the PG-13 rating didn’t exist yet). That was bad news for a horror movie in 1979. Still true today, I feel.

  • Freddie Phillips

    October 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve been meaning to buy this bluray, thanks for doing this vid now i’m definitely sold on it.

  • October 26, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Just watched this tonight on YouTube. Really entertaining movie. The ending probably freaked me out, though, more than the rest of the movie. lol If you watch it, you’ll see what I mean.

  • October 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Holy shit! The laughing dummy at 00:26 is where Ripper Roo in Crash Bandicoot got his laugh.

  • cyborg-loner

    October 28, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I CAN’T get anything to play! WTF?

  • Bad Juju

    October 30, 2014 at 1:24 am

    >throwing in that laughing dummy at the end when it’s 10:30 at night and the house is creaky as fuck


  • October 31, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    “HEY I HEARD YOU WERE DOING THE HAND THING TODAY” that’s all i could think about while watching this. ahhh hooood

  • September 27, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    the mannequins when they randomly pop up made me laugh so hard

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