In the 1970 Doctor Who serial Spearhead from Space, an alien intelligence attempts to take over Earth with killer plastic mannequins called Autons.
Abandoned nuclear test sites consisting of entire towns populated by mannequins appear in such films as Kalifornia, Mulholland Falls, and the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
A mannequin (also called a manikin, dummy, lay figure or dress form) is an often articulated doll used by artists, tailors, dressmakers, windowdressers and others especially to display or fit clothing.
The term is also used for life-sized dolls with simulated airways used in the teaching of first aid, CPR, and advanced airway management skills such as tracheal intubation and for human figures used in computer simulation to model the behavior of the human body.
The use of mannequins originated in the 15th century, when miniature "milliners' mannequins" were used to demonstrate fashions for customers.
Modern day mannequins are made from a variety of materials, the primary ones being fiberglass and plastic.
The 1987 film Mannequin is a story of a man who falls in love with a mannequin that comes to life (played by Kim Cattrall).
Historically, artists have often used articulated mannequins, sometimes known as lay figures, as an aid in drawing draped figures.Dummies were also used in the trenches in World War I to lure enemy snipers away from the soldiers.A CIA report describes the use of a mannequin ("Jack-in-the-Box") as a countersurveillance measure, intended to make it more difficult for the host country's counterintelligence to track the movement of CIA agents posing as diplomats.Special obese mannequins and horse mannequins have also been made for similar purposes.The Twilight Zone episode "The After Hours" involves mannequins taking turns living in the real world as people. Many people find mannequins disturbing (due in part perhaps to the uncanny valley effect), especially when not fully assembled.Fire and coastguard services use mannequins to practice life-saving procedures.