Name That Trauma :: Reader Keanu E. on Murderous Mall Mannequins

I have been trying to find the title of this made-for-TV movie since forever. I watched it in the late ‘90s although it could be early ‘90s, or late ‘80s even. I asked a friend who said the people at Kindertrauma usually can find ANYTHING. However I think this one might stump you as I have asked on every horror site known to man and nobody recalls it.

It was about a department store that may have been called “Boyles” which sold clothes, beds etc… So anyway these people get trapped inside and the mannequins in the store are trying to kill them! The opening of the movie has a man in the store basement that is impaled through the chest from behind by a CHARLIE CHAPLIN-looking mannequin holding an umbrella which he then opens.

I also remember two other specific scenes. At one point, a girl is tied to a pillar and has a very short amount of time to escape before a mannequin squirts acid onto her face from a crystalline decanter. There’s also a part where the people who are trapped have to jump across a row of double beds because the floor is electrified. There may also have been a back story about the store’s previous owner having a fat son who was bullied.

I can remember a lot of it so vividly but only one person on the entire Internet has described something vaguely similar and he never found out what it was either.

Can you help? This movie freaked the hell out of me.

Thanks,

Keanu E.

UNK SEZ:: Thanks for the challenging “Name That Trauma” Keanu! I foolishly thought that we had covered every possible mannequin trauma on these pages but this one sounds different! I did notice other folks wondering about this same flick online so I hope one of our readers can help! The mall setting means we can rule out previous mannequin traumas TOURIST TRAP & the short LIVING DOLLS! I hope we can find this one, it sounds cool!

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Joanna Boese
9 years ago

Call me crazy, but I had read a book from the late ’70s early ’80s that had ALMOST this same premise about two kids who run away to live in the mall, and realize the mannequins come to life and they’re plotting revenge. I can’t remember much, but it wouldn’t really have any scenes like that. (It was intended for middle schoolers…) I can’t remember the title, though…

Taylor
9 years ago
Tristan
Tristan
9 years ago

Sounds really familiar!!! The mannequins and beds remind me of ‘Hide & Go Shriek’ (1988) which I haven’t seen for years but I don’t think its the one!!! Grrr, I’m racking my brain!!!!

cmcmcmcm
cmcmcmcm
9 years ago

GTFOOH Taylor – you just made me laugh!

For some reason that opening the umbrella part sounds really familiar but I can’t think of what it’s from.

unkle lancifer
Admin
9 years ago

I spent all night searching for this one!

I thought it sounded like Hide & Shriek too but the kills don’t match up.

And i guess we can rule out the Twilight Zone “after hours” segments too…

kittin
kittin
9 years ago

@Joanna I read that book too. I think it has to be the same one!

Propagatrix
Propagatrix
9 years ago

The book is Richard Peck’s SECRETS OF THE SHOPPING MALL, I think.

unkle lancifer
Admin
9 years ago

I love that book cover! And it’s by the author of “Are You in the house alone?” and “Child of Glass”!

Nathan Arms
9 years ago

Reminds of a combination of:

The Initiation (1984)
Tourist Trap (1979) as previously mentioned
and Fade to Black (1980)

stevil1981
stevil1981
9 years ago

Whatever this is it sounds amazing, I hope this one is identified, I desperately want to see it.

Adie Stone
9 years ago

The only thing I can think of was an episode of a tv show called Randall and Hopkirk deceased, it was on the remake of the show in 2000 though

But it has the Boyles department store, the story about the guy being bullied as a child, and the murderous mannequins lol

Adie Stone
9 years ago

the episode was called ‘Two can play at that game’ by the way, sorry forgot to mention lol

unkle lancifer
Admin
9 years ago

That sounds very much like it Adie Stone!

http://www.john-michie.co.uk/randall_and_hopkirk_deceased.htm

Will Nepper
9 years ago

@Taylor – Lulz! That was my sister’s favorite show growing up. Almost certainly must have caused some traumatic moments for some sensitive kids.

rifframone
rifframone
9 years ago

I collect Alfred Hitchcock books (short story collections that he ‘compiled’ and wrote introductions for) from the 60’s and 70’s. One of them has a story in a similar vein, but the ‘mannequins’ were living people that lived in a store and pretended to be mannequins whenever they were spotted by an ‘outsider’. When their secret was discovered they attempted to kill the man who had found them as well as one of their own that had taken a liking to him. I doubt it is the same story, but are we sure the mannequins weren’t real people? That might change things up a bit…

Adie Stone
9 years ago

Its ok, i hope it actually is what I submitted, and now I’m just waiting for my name that trauma to show up lol, might aswell help as much as I can though with others

KeanuE
KeanuE
9 years ago

Thanks a bundle for solving this! The way I see it, this HAS to be it. Now I just have to find it so I can relive this old trauma!

Propagatrix
Propagatrix
9 years ago

Rifframone, the story you mention is John Collier’s “Evening Primrose.” (I’m a fellow Hitchcock anthology collector.)

greneker03
greneker03
8 years ago

the information you are looking for is from the “Night Stalker” series, and the episode is called “the trevi collection” where a witch summons mannequins to come to life to stop people from stealing fashion designs or get in the way of an aspiring model who happens to be a witch.