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From the "Twilight Zone" to "Puppetmaster," evil dolls are not anything new to the horror genre, but they are still amazingly frightening. If killer dolls are scary, do deadly mannequins supersize the fear factor? Not necessarily. There is not much scare in "Supernatural's" mannequin episode, "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning." The anatomy dummy is creepy--that doll at the end is creepy in another sense--but the episode is mostly a paranormal mystery that helps distract Sam (Jared Padalecki) from his itchy mind while Dean (Jensen Ackles) delivers one-liners and drops pop culture references.
Here is a look at some other pop culture mannequins.
"Mad TV" Serial Killer
Sure, it is a sketch comedy show, but "Mad TV" also gave viewers a murderous mannequin worthy of his own horror movie. Flawlessly played by Michael McDonald, the maniacal mannequin is dressed for a tennis match, but ready for murder whenever the opportunity arises. The serial killer's saga unfolds over multiple sketches.
The Old Navy ModelquinsMany of the Old Navy ads feature talking mannequins clad in the latest fashions. As hard as they try to be hip and friendly, the Old Navy mannequin commercials have an eerie quality. It probably does not help that we keep seeing them as dismembered bodies and loose appendages.
Who knew those romantic comedies about mannequins that come to life would influence a TV show in the new millennium? The "Supernatural" episode title is an obvious nod to such films and Dean calls one of the mannequins "Kim Cattrall."
For those who do not remember the '80s, 1987 brought us "Mannequin," in which Andrew McCarthy plays a hapless guy who stumbles into a job at a fancy department store. He falls in love in with a mannequin played by Kim Cattrall, future "Sex in the City" star.
A sequel came out four years later and followed the same formula with a fairytale twist. In "Mannequin 2: On the Move," William Ragsdale plays the lowly department store employee who falls in love with a mannequin played by Kristy Swanson.
Who can forget the Autons? The expressionless mob of mannequins relentlessly attack, causing terror, while the good doctor calmly works to stop them.
Which living dummy is scariest of all? The Autons are frightening, but my vote goes to "Mad TV." The plot twists and turns unfold like a typical horror movie. The killer mannequin's wild hairstyle and crazed expression are priceless.
"Supernatural" airs Fridays at 9 pm ET on The CW.
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