Tourist Trap (1978)

90m, 8,119 feet
35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by David Schmoeller.

Plot Summary

A group of teenagers fall victim to a psychopath who is able to manipulate old shop window mannequins with his telekinetic powers.


Directed by: David Schmoeller
© MCMLXXVIII [1978] Charles Band, Ltd. Inc.
Irwin Yablans presents a Compass International/Manson International release. Charles Band Productions presents
Executive Producer: Charles Band
Produced by: J. Larry Carroll
Associate Producer: Leonard Baker
Written by: David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll
Director of Photography: Nicholas von Sternberg
Edited by: Ted Nicolaou
Music Composed by: Pino Donaggio
Location Sound: Courtney M. Goodin
Wardrobe: Christine Boyar
Make-up: Ve Neill
Special Masks and Mannequin Effects: David Ayres, Robert A. Burns, Ken Horn, Karen Stern, Ve Neill
Special Effects: Richard O. Helmer
Art Director: Robert A. Burns
Consultant to the Production: Richard Band

Chuck Connors (Slausen)
Jocelyn Jones (Molly)
Jon Van Ness (Jerry)
Robin Sherwood (Eileen)
Tanya Roberts (Becky)
Dawn Jeffory (Tina)
Keith McDermott (Woody)
Shailar Coby (Davey)
Arlecchino, Victoria Richart, Millie Dill (mimes)

Alternative Titles

Armadilha para Turistas – Brazil
Dödens mannekänger – Sweden (video)
Horror puppet – Italy
Kuoleman mannekiinit – Finland
Le motel de la terreur – Canada (French)
El museo de la muerte – Mexico
Le piège – France
Pulapka na turystow – Poland
Puppet – Italy (advertising)
A Ratoeira – Portugal
Tourist Trap – Die Touristenfalle – West Germany
Tourist trap – le piege – France
Trampa para turistas – Spain
Zamka za turiste – Yugoslavia (Serbian)
Ловушка для туристов – Russia
Путешествие в Ад – Russia

Remake of
The Spider Will Kill You (1976)

See also
House of Wax (1953)
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Extracts included in
The Best of Sex and Violence (1981)



  • Cinefantastique vol.8 no.4 (Summer 1979) p.23 – review
  • Delirium no.26 (2021) pp.6-9 – illustrated interview with Pino Donaggio (Melodies of madness and monsters by Michael Gingold)
  • Fangoria no.215 (August 2002) pp.38-39 – illustrated article (Forgotten Horrors: Tourist Trap by John Wooley)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.251 no.4 (7 April 1978) p.13 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.251 no.6 (11 April 1978) p.24 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.565 (February 1981) p.36 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 no.586 (November 1982) p.275 – note
  • Shivers no.72 (December 1999) p.54 – illustrated article (by Jonathan Rigby)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.332-333 – credits, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.306
  • Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television by Fraser A. Sherman p.215 – note
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena p.184
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis pp.402-403 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.617-620 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower p.516 – note
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.425-426
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cettl pp.477-478 – credits, review