Watch This: One of the weirdest slasher movies ever made is about killer mannequins

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. Because it’s Horror Week here at The A.V. Club, we’re highlighting some of the best unsung slasher movies.

Tourist Trap (1979)

In his 1981 book of essays Danse Macabre, future Maximum Overdrive director Stephen King took a moment to acknowledge another master of inanimate terror by endorsing Tourist Trap, referring to it as one of those rare gems that are “the horror film fan’s reward” for sifting through endless crude B-pictures. That lover of creepy dummies was producer Charles Band, whose films about tiny terrors and killer dolls would later come to define his career.

Tourist Trap was released in 1979, part of the post-Halloween glut of slasher flicks every studio was then scrambling to get into theaters. Stylistically, however, it owes more to The Texas Chain …

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