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Limited Edition 12” Two Sided LP
Every year young people disappear...
An eerie and deserted wax
museum, SLAUSEN'S LOST OASIS, is the site for spine-tingling terror
where four unsuspecting young travelers (Including TANYA ROBERTS from
"Charlie's Angels") are lured into a very deadly "TOURIST TRAP."
(CHUCK CONNORS) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction,
which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque
and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are only the
beginning of the murderous mayhem and nightmarish madness to come.
"The "Tourist Trap" experience was an emotional tour-de-force which is indelibly written in my mind. Being only my second encounter with the Hollywood scene, I was still testing the waters, but David had really ragged me in with his young-gun vitality and the sheer quality of his talent and I couldn't resist trying my hands with him. The first working copy he showed me had some temporary music borrowed from "Carrie", as this was the style of score he was envisioning, but I thought that both the story and the treatment were screaming for something really different. Luckily for both of us, he conceded that I should follow my muse. I started out with the characterization of the mannequins, giving them human voices but in a tapestry of dissonant notes to convey the sense of anguish and ambivalence that they had inspired in me, following with a feast of percussions, lots of percussions of all kinds which to me were anchoring the choreography of dancing/moving mannequins I was constructing in my head. And as they were falling down, I gave them this sort of voiceless sound which filled the falling with a note of human suffering: the whole idea idea was to elaborate on the contrasting play of artificial/unnatural vs. human/emotional. I did also write a few symphonic pieces: mostly chase-enhancing music with classic-modern style strings augmented by harps and percussion, while for the suspense cues I played again with the idea of contrasting elements. This time, though I juxtaposed ascending string passage to moaning bass synths converging toward keyboard hits and a piano crescendo that climaxes in a meltdown of sound. On the other hand, I also wanted to give voice to the mysterious sense of very human loneliness of the diabolical telekinetic killer. So, I wrote what I always call a love theme and proposed it with chiming bells here and again and finally with a classical piano and strings combination. It was indeed a creative tour-de-force, but listening to it after so many years, I do think it turned out rather well. Hope you'll agree."- Pino Donaggio, compose, Tourist Trap"In post-production on Tourist Trap, the producer ran out of money and we languished in limbo for many months. We finally caught a lucky break when I got a call from Joe Dante who was in spotting session on the Piranha score with composer Pino Donaggio. The problem was that Pino did not speak English and Joe did not speak Italian. I was fluent in Spanish and so was Pino. So, I stepped in and helped them out. After we finished, I asked Pino if he would look at Tourist Trap, to see if he would want to do the score. He liked the movie and said he wanted to do it. The next problem was: how would the producer ever come up with the money to finish the film as well as the extra hefty composing fee to pay for an Italian Orchestra?I had no idea how much he would change, but that was between Pino and the producer. The producer had spent much of his childhood in Italy, so he spoke fluent Italian and he and Pino got along marvelously. Somehow the producer came up with another $50,000 dollars for Pino's fee and the entire orchestral score, which was recorded in Rome. The budget rose from $300,000 to $350,000.I had never worked with a professional composer before, especially one of Pino's high stature, so, it was an incredible learning experience for me. I went on to make two other films with Pino and was always very pleased!"- David Schmoeller, writer-director, Tourist TrapSide A: 1. Main Title2. The Back Room3. Someone's Watching4. In the Pool5. Love Them / Shrine6. Effecti Moog E Voci7. Davey's Waltz8. The Chase9. Eileen's Death10. Love Them / Wife11. A Visit to Davey's House12. MannequinsSide B: 1. The Mannequin's Come Forth2. Heartburst3. The Fight / Revelation4. In the Water5. Dreamwake6. Escape7. Stalking8. Becky's Death9. Mannequins on Guard10. Love Theme11. "Jerry" To the Rescue12. Dance / Going Home13. End Title