Most folks are uncomfortable with baby dolls. They are facsimiles of something that should be cute, but they come across as just sinister. Now, take the human-like form and make it life-sized and it can really make you look over your shoulder. Mannequins have had lots of uses, let's have a look at some and then look at some horror movies that captured their weird soulless imitative qualities.
Mannequins were set up to stand in for humans during atomic testing. I always thought "Atomic Mannequins" would be a great band name!
I enjoy having a mannequin in my home. I hope to get this 1980s model a 1980s guy to hang with as a pair in the corner. Mannequins to model our clothing have been around a long time and their earlier version the "dress form" helped seamstresses make particular sizes for women.
Then, we have the crash dummy mannequins who have created so much raw information about what happens when your car crashes.
Perhaps one of the creepiest mannequins is this WWII parachute crash dummy that some authorities tried to blame for the Roswell alien "misunderstanding."
Now, let's look at the movie mannequins that scare us. How about one made for medical purposes that may or may not be alive?
Seriously twisted and awesome - This 1988 movie has a very "Psycho" feel. Two siblings raised by a physician father who used an anatomical dummy like a talking instructor for them, grow up. But, one of the siblings believes the mannequin lives. And, it compels him to make decisions that lead to death and destruction. Is Pin alive? Or is the young man insane? This is an easily missed but fantastically twisted movie.
How about a tobacco trading post wooden dummy?
This 1995 movie involves a wooden tobacco store mannequin. A weekend group goes to a remote cabin for "fear therapy". While each person is working to conquer their worst fears, they all become terrorized by a living monster made of wood which stalks each of them in turn. This is dark and unsettling. Very cool watch.
How about a museum that shut down but the mannequins remain?
This 1979 movies is probably the most unsettling mannequin movie of all time. A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by the owner of the place, who has the power to control his collection of mannequins.This one has tons of mannequins and lots of insanity.