Automatons - those creepy mechanized mannequins that unsettle us at Disneyland attractions and Spirit Halloween stores every Halloween.
When I was a kid, we would go to nearby DC for the lighting of the Christmas trees and wander the shops along the roadside where I saw my first automatons as a child. I was both fascinated and unsettled. Their jerky movements made them seem possessed by evil.
These automated figures were quite the rage in the 1700s and 1800s and to look at them today, they have an eerie, arthritic, zombie-like quality.
If you dare, go here for more automatons that are the creepiest ever made.