Ever watch the 80s sitcom “Small Wonder” and ask what it would be like with a horror bend? Or have you ever wanted a remake of 1996’s “Pinocchio’s Revenge?” Well, the trailer for the new horror movie “M3GAN” seems to be giving us just that. No horror fan will deny that the killer doll sub-genre has been having a moment, and this film seems to be offering us something a bit more bonkers.
The movie will tell the story of M3GAN, a marvel of artificial intelligence in a life-like doll. She is programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by brilliant toy-company roboticist Gemma (Allison Williams) this doll can listen, watch, and learn as she becomes a friend, teacher, playmate, and protector, for the child she is bonded with.
During the design process, Gemma suddenly becomes caretaker for her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw), and Gemma is not prepared to be a parent. Between this and pressure at work, she decides to kill two birds with one stone and pair her prototype with Cady. A decision that, of course, has unimaginable and horrific consequences, like trendy dances.
“M3GAN” is directed by Gerard Johnstone, produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, and James Wan. Wan is also responsible for co-writing the story it is based on with scriptwriter Akela Cooper. Wan and Cooper previously teamed up on the film “Malignant,” which many fans found to be too outlandishly unbelievable. And for those we say sorry, because it doesn’t like “M3GAN” will be any less weird. Since in the trailer we see the doll running around doing TikTok dances while wielding a weapon that proportionally might as well be a sword and wreaking bloody havoc. We can also see some of the same humor we saw in Johnstone’s “Housebound” coming through.
“M3GAN” is set to hit theaters January 13th, 2023. You can check out the unhinged trailer for yourself below.