How does one define true horror? Is it suffering and slaughter? The dead given life? Is it watching reality itself betray you while everything you love is ripped apart? What about all three at once? I’m of course speaking about 1987’s Mannequin, the brutal psychological horror film disguised as a comedy. This, unprepared reader, is a list of the top 7 lives destroyed by a hit movie about a man falling in love with a dummy who becomes a real woman when only he is looking.
Mannequin opens with a montage of Andrew McCarthy getting fired. He loses most jobs for being too artistic, but one goes very differently. He’s making balloon animals at a party, and the birthday boy demands the biggest balloon. No one could have seen this coming, but it starts carrying him straight into the sky! McCarthy catches him by the ankle, causing the boy’s father to scream, “TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF MY KID!” So he does exactly that, sentencing the boy to death.
And make no mistake, that kid is dead. The credits list him as “Superkid,” and the filmmakers killed him for nothing more than a sloppy Bugs Bunny joke. I can’t emphasize enough how dead Superkid is. He was at least 50 feet high and still shooting straight up before they cut to the next scene. Even if they ran to the nearest payphone to call 911, which they didn’t, they would have had to give his location as “I don’t know, space?”