6 Terrifying Uses Of Mannequins In Horror Games!

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Let’s talk about mannequins. They’re like clowns, in that they’re terrifying creations that simply shouldn’t exist, but because they do I’m forced to live a life knowing one may be waiting for me, silently, around every corner.

Fortunately for me, clowns don’t currently have a noticeable presence in video games. Mannequins, on the other hand, seem to find a way to sneak into every other horror game. After the break I’ve compiled a list that anyone with even the slightest hint of a mannequin-related phobia should shy away from. No need to thank me, even though you should, since I had to endure every one of these games for research.

Let’s get this over with before I change my mind.

Kraven Manor

Kraven Manor is one of the more original horror games I’ve played. It’s absolutely terrifying and successfully kept me on the edge of my seat for the duration of my playthrough. It also happens to be free, so there’s really no reason not to check it out (a download link can be found in the above video’s description).

This is the product of a team of thirteen graduate students, ranging from level designers and artists to producers and programmers, who crafted the game in just six months. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what they do next, so long as it has nothing to do with mannequins.


Both entries in the short-lived Condemned series have used mannequins in brilliant ways, but like all good scares the first encounter was far more effective than the second. As if walking through a mall only to discover some of the mannequins aren’t really mannequins at all wasn’t traumatizing enough — to this day I still pat down department store mannequins to make sure they aren’t armed — it doesn’t take long for the mannequin themed hallucinations to really start messing with your head.

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  • Pav

    When i first time played Condemned manequins realy scared the shit out of me – this is the most disturbing and scary moment in game ever (Condemned is absolute cult for me)

    • Adam Dodd

      Completely agree – that series is horrifying. I wish it would’ve found a big enough audience to get us a third game.

      • Pav

        Mistake was that they did not released C2 for PC where the game would have bigger audience – i wish they do that even today.

        • Pav

          How about an open “We want Condemned back” petition with (let me say 5000 signatures) that could be sent to SEGA or Monolith? What do you think Adam?

          • Adam Dodd

            I see a petition that was started in Nov 2012 with a little under 300 signatures accumulated so far. It might be better to just add to that.

    • MaliceinWhateverland

      Can’t agree with you more. I remember
      seeing them get closer and closer,
      & I couldn’t get out of there
      quick enough! Definitely an
      awesome series. Wish they
      had done more with them.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Ju-on: The Grudge has a really creepy mannequin level. In one part, you can hear a bunch of mumbling and when you turn the corner, it gets quiet and all you see are mannequins staring at you. There’s also a lot of things you hear that sound like the heads are turning or that one is walking after you. Anyways, great list, Adam! I voted on Insanity because that is easily the scariest game, in my opinion, on the list.

    • Adam Dodd

      I never played Ju-On, but the game definitely looked creepy. Maybe I’ll include it in a ‘part 2’

  • Roth

    As ThunderDragoon mentioned, JU-ON The Grudge has one. Coincidentally, in similar fashion, there’s one featured in Fatal Frame IV where the mannequin turns its head to look at you. Here’s a video of that scene:

    My pick goes to Condemned this round though.

  • Pav

    I didn’t know that this petition already exist. Probably not many people know that (From Nov 2012 only 300 signatures?).