I was wondering if you could help me find the name of the very first horror movie my brother and I saw as very young kids, hiding behind the couch while our babysitter watched this movie. We were born in the ’80s, and what I can remember of this movie it seemed like an ’80s flick, but it may have been from late ’70s too.
The plot I recall was some creepy dude living in the basement of a department store who would kidnap women and turn then into mannequins. However, I have seen clips from TOURIST TRAP, MANIAC, and even the MANNEQUIN movie with KIM CATTRALL and none of these seem like it, the movie definitely had a department store connection, many mannequins, and was scary as hell (at least, to a 6-year-old).
This has been bothering us for more than 20 years, so if anyone could help us out that would be great.
UNK SEZ: Beth, I think I know this one! In fact, it was a Name That Trauma of my own once (check the comments section HERE!) Luckily our stalwart kinderpal Mickster was able to track this short film down. It’s called LIVING DOLLS and it seems to have been used often as filler between shows in the early days of cable. You may not believe this… but unlike the last time I looked for this film on YouTube, this time I found it!
I just watched it myself and I think it’s even creepier than I remembered. More frightening still, as the film ends, it is followed by an episode of MY SISTER SAM which I’ve decided is proof that not only does the Devil exist, but he also truly does enjoy manifesting in the form of JENNY O’HARA. Yikes and yikes! Watch below…
UPDATE: Reader Beth emailed this:
Sorry for the delay in response; I have been waiting for my brother’s opinion, and unfortunately the conclusion is that we’re not sure if this is it. There is something familiar about it (and as a side note I do agree heartily that HD is not good for horror films), however what I recall of the plot was that the man was the villain and was actually turning live women into mannequins. But I may just be remembering incorrectly. Sorry I couldn’t give you a definite yes or no about Unk’s kind contribution to my question.
Thanks so much!