Sunday, May 22

It's Getting Warm in Here: Tanya Roberts in Tourist Trap (1979)

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Sometimes you encounter slasher girl fodder that is more disarmingly beautiful than usual. Tanya Roberts in David Schmoeller's Tourist Trap starring a gone batshit doll-making Chuck Conners in need of a paycheck is a definite example. In a glorious case of female objectification; on the grounds of "teh hawtness", Ms. Roberts ranks along side Marianne Walter in The Toolbox Murders (1978) starring a gone batshit flesh-craftsmen Cameron Mitchell in need of alcohol money.

But Schmoeller's paranormal slash creeper has more class, directed with confidence and anchored by the great Pino Donaggio turning in another fantastic, atmospheric score. Often forgotten in conversation even to many horror fans, amazingly Hollywood's "re-imagining" brigades haven't yet come to cannibalize. Also considering its age and Full Moon's usual wishy-washy quality, their DVD looks surprisingly strong barring consistent film damage. Getting back to Tanya, no wonder she went on to become the Beastmaster's main squeeze and a (not as attractive as here) Bond girl...     


3 comments:

J. Astro said...

HAWT. And yes, I'm talking about both Tanya Roberts AND Chuck Connors. This flick is a personal fave.

Craig Edwards said...

Fantastic movie! One of my faves! And I love your screen shots in this - and oh my yes Tanya Roberts is easy on the eyes! I actually featured it in my blog during a month long A-Z Challenge as the T post - part of one of my regular departments - Saturday Night at the Movies - with the subject movie's trailer and poster making up the bulk of the post - here's a link, should anyone want to drop by:

http://craiglgooh.blogspot.com/2011/04/april-2011-z-blogging-challenge-t-is.html

Jay Amabile said...

Even though Tayna Roberts was a favorite of mine, I still have yet to see this film. It's on my queue. I even liked her latter work on That '70s Show!

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