Give Me The Creeps: Tourist Trap (1979)

Mannequins creep me out.  Even that 1987 comedy called Mannequin freaks me out and that was a sexy mannequin.  So it’s not really a big shocker here that a movie like 1979’s Tourist Trap made me a little uneasy since there were an abundance of laughing and cackling plastic fuckers all throughout the movie.  Yes, Tourist Trap was and is proof that a horror move can be rated PG and still be creepy and effective.  Case in point #1:

Tourist Trap’s opening scene’s star is definitely the closet dummy and not the dummy (Woody) that went snooping around where he shouldn’t have.  The maniacal laughing.  The unnerving perma-grin.  This dummy came to bring the pain!  Oh – and that rod that goes shooting through Woody’s back brought the pain too.  Just a great overall opening and it really set up what was to come later on.  And what was to come was a creepy ass Chuck Conners a.k.a. The Rifleman putting plaster over captured Tina’s face while he wears his own homemade face hider.

Watching that scene again makes me want some pie because Tina’s face looked like it was covered in whipped cream.  Mmmmmm – whipped cream.  Anyway, Tourist Trap gave me the creeps when I saw it back in the 80’s and it still brings the creeps today when I sit down and watch it.  I actually wouldn’t mind a remake of this one as long as the original closet dummy from the opening scene makes an appearance.  What’s that?  You want me to end the piece with a pic of that dummy?  Your wish is granted!

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