Tourist Trap

Synopsis: When his car has a flat tire, Woody seeks a gas station in an empty road. He finds a deserted place and is attacked by mannequins in a room and dies. Meanwhile his girlfriend Eileen waits for him in the car. However their friends Jerry, Molly and Becky arrive and they decide to look for him. They find a paradisiacal waterfall but their car breaks down. While Jerry tries to fix the car, the girls bath in a lake. Out of the blue, an old man arrives and he introduces himself as Mr. Slausen, who owns the place. He brings Molly, Becky and Eileen to his house and tells that he would help Jerry. They find a waxwork museum with armed cowboys. Eileen decides to leave the house to find a telephone, but she is attacked and strangled by a masked stranger. Who might be the killer and how will he girls flee from the spot?
Genre: Horror
Director(s): David Schmoeller
Production: Astral Films
90 min


In the state capital today, the legislature

is winding up the current session

and by this time next week

all representatives will be involved

wooing constituents

for next springs primary.

The weather bureau marks

the current Victoria County

temperature of 98 degrees and climbing.

A high of a 102 is predicted.

Looks like Woody's farm did it again.

What happened?

The next time we go on a trip,

I'm riding this Jeep with you guys.

Look at the size of that hole!

- Didn't you bring a spare?

- Hoi! Woody came prepared.

Only didn't have any air in it.

He went off to the gas station.

He'll never find

one on this old road.

Serves him right.

Poor thing!

I'll bet his feet are aching.


Hey, can I get some service?




Anybody back here?

Excuse me.


Open the door.

Open the door!

Let me go!

Let me go!

Let me go!

Look, where you going we're

hot all over those springs.

You know, these

tourist traps are all alike...

They give you a big billboard,

and when you get there...

there's nothing but a roadside shack

and a bunch of cheap drinking.


It's Woody's tyre.

He must have gone this way, right?


What happened?

I don't know.

- What's wrong?

- I don't know, man.

What happened?

I never had any trouble

with this thing before.


Let me know when you get

your act together, sweetheart.

What do you think it is, Jerry?

Well, I'm a law student.

What do I know about cars?

- Hey you guys, come take a look at this!

- What is it?

I don't know...

I think it's paradise!

And you thought this

was a cheap tourist trap!

Well, I don't know about you

guys, but I'm going swimming!

I don't think you should.

Come on Molly.

Relax for a while.

- We can't go swimming anyway.

- Why not?

- We didn't bring our bathing suits.

- So?

Who needs a bathing suit?


You kids enjoying yourselves?

How about you, Missy?

You look to be having a good time.

Yes, sir.

Used to be I charge 75

cents a day to swim here.

Not no more though.

Used to be I'd have

25 to 30 visitors a day here.

But then the government

decided to build a new highway.

What is your name?

- Molly.

- Molly?

Hey, I like that.

I do not get many visitors, no more.

It seems that most folks

are using the new highway.

I guess they figured, it's gonna get

them to where they're going fast.

Everyone is in such

a damn hurry these days!

Do you know why that is, Molly?

I don't either.

There's not a place like

this in the whole world.

What bring you kids

to this parts anyway?

We didn't mean to trespass...

- Our friend got lost.

- A friend?

You see it...

Their car broke down.

This friend of yours... she a girl too?

No, he's a he.

His name is Woody!

Well, I can't help you. Ain't see no

one in these parts for weeks now.

I thought I'd better

come down and warn you.

You all best leave

before it gets dark.

What happens at dark?

Obviously a hole fills up

with water moccasins.

If you feel something

wiggling around you feet

it's just the early ones

comes out finding a good spot.

Hey, you guys all right?

- Some old geezer ran us off.

- He didn't run us off.

- Well, he was weird.

- Yes.

- I felt sorry for him.

- Oh, yeah?

Well how do you know he

wasn't some crazy old coop

like to chop up pretty

girls by moonlight.

Yeah, they always get

the pretty ones first.

Well, if that's the case, then you

girls have absolutely nothing to fear.

Very funny, Carl deGraaf.

What seems to be

the trouble, young fella?

Umm. Not sure.

Can't get it started.

- But I'm not much of a mechanics.

- Well, maybe I can help out.

Why don't you kids hop aboard?

We'll drop by the house for my tools.

Well, it's just down

the road, a piece in.

Well, we really

appreciate that, Mr. Slausen!

My pleasure, Molly.

My pleasure.

Well, come on kids!

Come on!

Welcome to Slausen Museum.

Now gone out of business.

Come on in kids!

Have a look around.

I decorated it myself.

Where did you get all these junk?

Oh it's junk alright.

I'm just a collector at heart.

I can't seem to bring myself

to throw anything away.

See my wife passed away just

after they finished the highway.

And the look of that is,

these junk, my memories.

Let's have that

beer I promised you.

Here we are.

Here you are Molly.

It's too bad you had to close

this place down, Mr. Slausen.

- I'm real sorry.

- Well, thank you, thank you Molly.

But hell, that ain't the worst

thing that ever happened to me.

Hell I was kicked out of the Navy when I

was 19, kicked in the head when I was 20,

... and kicked into jail when I was 21.

And that was just to warm me up

for what life had in store for me.

No sir, it's been a lot worse.

You get to be my age, you start

to understand what living is all about.

This is so life like!

Yeah, my brother got pretty

good at making those figures.

Your brother made these?

And he got so good, they hired him away

from me. Folks out in the city did it.

He's out there still making dummies

for one of them Wax Museums.

And watch this...

Pretty good heh?

Used to scare the hell out

of kids and yankee tourists.

That's quite a killing.

How did you do that?

No, my brother did that.

He was real good with

mechanical things too you know.

Gears, motors, pulleys

all that sort of stuff.

He was a real talent.

Is that where you live?


I live right here in the museum.

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David Schmoeller

David Schmoeller (born December 8, 1947) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is notable for directing several full-length theatrical horror films including Tourist Trap (1979), The Seduction (1982), Puppet Master (1989), Catacombs (1988), Netherworld (1992) and Crawlspace (1986) starring Klaus Kinski. In May, 2012, Schmoeller was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fantaspoa Film Festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil where his new feature film, 2 Little Monsters (2012) was screened along with his other notable films. more…

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